Music BMus

Sonic Arts: Interacting with Sound (MA/BMus) MUSIC2023

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course explores the nature of sound and our interaction with it as an aesthetic and culturally significant material. The course takes a practice-based approach, focusing on creative recording and manipulation of sound, critical listening, and building and using interactive computer-based tools.


10 one hour seminars each semester; 6 lectures and 4 Tutorials as scheduled on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses

Sonic Arts: Interacting with Sound, MUSIC2022

Sonic Arts Foundation (Arts Non Hons), MUSIC2010

Sonic Arts Foundation, MUSIC1006


Two equally-weighted assignments challenging students to engage technically, creatively and critically with sonic arts practice:

1. acousmatic composition of ca. 5 minutes (40%) with accompanying critical commentary of ca. 1000 words (10%) (semester 1)

2. interactive audio project of ca. 5 minutes (40%) with accompanying critical commentary of ca. 1000 words (10%) (semester 2)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ develop students' awareness of sound as an aesthetic and culturally significant material through creative practice

■ develop students' understanding of creative recording, programming interactive systems and other electroacoustic techniques

■ engage students in listening critically to a wide variety of sonic materials

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ undertake technically proficient sound recording and sound manipulation in pursuit of creative goals

■ use a variety of computer based tools for creating and interacting with sound

■ apply their technical knowledge creatively and analytically to produce sonically rich and well-contextualised musical outputs

■ display evidence of problem-solving in realising sound works

■ demonstrate aural acuity through sonic practice

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.