Discipline of Music

Music Technology

Music Technology

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Music Technology is at present the fastest growing field in music. The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Electro-Acoustic Music courses were the first of their kind at a tertiary educational institution in South Africa and are still the most comprehensive and most state-of-the-art in this country. They are so popular that we have to turn a considerable number of applicants away each year.

Virtually every aspect of today’s music making, ranging from performance and recording to composition and theoretical studies, is dependent on technical applications. Current job markets in music, ranging from music education to ethnomuscicology and composition, increasingly demand various degrees of technical musical experience and specialised computer literacy directly related to musical applications. If you want to specialise in this area, get your training at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s

Electro-Acoustic Music Studio

The following areas are covered by various Electro-Acoustic Music modules :

digital multi-track recording  sampling  audio for multi-media
mixing MIDI  algorithmic composition (Max/MSP)
signal processing  live sound enhancement  audio and computer applications
editing  DJ-ing
synthesis  music desk top publishing
  • Electro-Acoustic Music 1A MUSC3LA H1

    Students are provided with the theory and practical experience of multi-track recording, mixing, and signal processing using ProTools. Content: Studio Overview, Recording Chain, Microphone Recording, Signal Processing, Mixing, Introduction to non-linear recording, editing and CD writing.

  • Electro-Acoustic Music 1B MUSC3LB H2

    Emphasis of this module is on electronic and computer music composition and performance: includes digital synthesis and sampling as well as training in electronic orchestration and score processing. Content: Studio Overview, Introduction to MIDI, MIDI sequencers, Introduction to sampling and digital synthesis, Introduction to non-linear recording, editing, processing and CD writing.

  • Electro-Acoustic Music: Live Sound MUSC3LS H1

    Provides students with skills and knowledge prized by the music/entertainment industry, and with the theory and practical experience in various aspects of sound reinforcement, including training in and application of aural and technical skills to the technology of live sound mixing. The module has been designed and will be offered in close collaboration with the local live sound industry. Content: Fundamentals of sound, basic electro-acoustics, microphone technology, mixing, an understanding of outboard gear, matching amplifiers and speakers including cross-overs.

  • Electro-Acoustic Music: Deejaying MUSC3DJ HB

    Provides students with the theory and practical experience in various aspects of dance deejaying and turntablism, including training in and application of aural and technical skills to the technology of turntable-based performance. Content: Background to and history of turntable-based performance; beat-matching and mixing; dance music genres; deejaying and the club industry; equipment choice and maintenance.

  • Electro-Acoustic Music 2A MUSC4LA H1

    Digital synthesis and advanced computer applications in audio and music production. Content: Advanced non-linear recording and processing, digital synthesis

  • Electro-Acoustic Music 2B MUSC4LB H2

    Digital synthesis and advanced computer applications in audio and music production. Content: Advanced digital synthesis and sampling, Advanced MIDI, Introduction to interactive composition/improvisation in MAX/MSP.

  • Advanced Electro-Acoustic Music MUSC7AD H2

    This module introduces students to the history of electro-acoustic music from ca. 1900 to the present, exposing them to a wide variety of musics employing electro-acoustic technology. Content: Elektronische Musik, musique concrète, Tape Music, synthesizers of the 60s, early computer music, pre-50s electronic instruments, the history of audio recording from Edison to DVD, etc.

  • Applied Electro-Acoustics: Advanced Project MUSC7AP HB

    This module provides learners with practical experience in various aspects of the musical arts, which are either dependent on or enhanced by current technologies: digital synthesis and advanced computer applications in audio and music production. Content: Possible projects: a major (live) recording, synthesis, software development, hardware construction, multi-media, concert production, Internet or other approved project.

  • Electro-Acoustics: Professional Practice MUSC7PP HB

    By means of an 8- to 12-week internship, this module brings students into direct contact with a specific sector of the music and/or audio-visual industry (e.g. radio, TV, commercial recording studio, media resource centre, audio-visual centre or other approved media institution).

Diploma in Jazz and Popular Music – BA – BMUS – BA(HONS) – MA – MMUS

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