University of Bologna - Music and Performance course

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University of Bologna- Music and Performance course
The University of Bologna proposes the book Learning Sound Technique as one of its technical consultation textbooks.

The book is advised by Prof. Fausto Ciccarelli for the Musical Electro-acoustics and Informatics and Musical Production Didactics 2 course.

Educational Aims
To develop specific "technical" skills that allow the student to "contextualize" on an educational level, the new technological sound experiences within an overall cultural overview (historical, communicational, aesthetic, philosophical etc.) To develope projectual skills with regards to the learnt notions.

Contents and activities
  • sound explorations with various types of treatment and analogical/digital audio-signal-capturing methods
  • practical analysis of certain basic technical aspects regarding the vehiclizing/treatment of analogue signal systems (input and output connections, mono and stereo signals, specializing etc.)
  • exploration/manipulation of audio editing, possible applications of digital domain sound treatment plug-ins, editing/multitrack mixing, format conversion, mastering
  • exploration of possible integrations of acoustic, electroacoustic and electronic sources (this activity also includes the student’s use of his own instrument)
  • exploration/use of music editing programmes
  • development of basic recording technique knowledge, vehiclizing and midi signal treatment (introduction to the use of sound fonts, possible graphic representations, automation and sequencer, analogue/digital format conversion, resoltution etc.- memory supports and the various types of the latter)
  • the relationship between manipulation techniques and possible compositional principles
  • comparisons between extra-academic and academic experiences in this field (audio and video documents)
  • conceptual reference apparatus and basic philosophy: historic, perceptive, semantic-semiotic, cognitive etc. (the àcusma concept etc.)
  • the importance and role of improvisation/exploration/manipulation, aesthetic value, technical/organizational aspects and general conclusions ands thoughts regarding the experience
  • building learning objects using the screencasting technique



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