Class Atelier de Composição Sonora

  • Presentation


    Building on sound and music fundamentals, this curricular unit aims at providing technical knowledge and practical competence in sonic creativity. Different kinds of sounds will be analysed — taken as starting materials for creation — together with their diverse contexts and artistic applications. A special emphasis is placed on sonic and musical composition as well as on sound for the moving image. Being part of a degree featuring strong technical and theorical components, this curricular unit enables the exploration of creativity.

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  • Syllabus


    1. Sound and music fundamentals
      • Elements of music and sound: pitch, duration, intensity, rhythm, timbre, harmony, texture.
      • Listening modes
    2. Sonic materials
      • Instrumental sounds
      • Sounds from the surrounding soundscape
      • Synthesized sounds
      • Sound objects
      • Sound source capture
    3. Sonic and musical creation
      • Elements of sound and music composition
      • Sketching and trying out
      • Listening and composing
      • Time and form
    4. Sound and music for image
      • Sound-image relationships: the audio-vision
      • Introduction to sound design
      • Synchrony and asynchrony
      • The sound layers: voice, sound effects and music


  • Objectives


    This course motivates a questioning of the various issues involved in sonic structure elaboration, either musical or merely soundscape and sounds. Students acquire knowledge in the domain of the interaction of sounds and music with other elements such as audiovisual ones, thus increasing their reflective capacity and their understanding of the interpretative levels experienced by the public. Process, practice, and creation are considered pillars to enable students increase their artistic and sound design skills, as well as their listening acuity.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    This eminently practical curricular unit builds on the presentation and discussion of the syllabus contents. A workshop mode is then activated whereby the students apply acquired knowledge and develop autonomy under the guidance of the lecturer. Works elaborated are then presented, establishing an environment of creative sharing and critical appreciation.


  • References


    • Beauchamp, R. (2014). Designing Sound for Animation. CRC Press.
    • Chion, M. (1994). Audio-vision: Sound on Screen. Columbia University Press.
    • Holmes, T. (2020). Electronic and Experimental Music: Technology, Music, and Culture (Sixth Edition). Taylor & Francis.
    • Huber, D. M. (2018). Modern Recording Techniques (Ninth Edition). Taylor & Francis.
    • Manning, P. (2013). Electronic and Computer Music. Oxford University Press.
    • Michels, U. (2003). Atlas de Música I. Gradiva.
    • Roads, C. (2001). Time Scales of Music. In Microsound (pp. 1–41). MIT Press.
    • Truax, B. (1984). Acoustic Communication. Ablex Publishing Corporation.


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