Emory University: Online course - Introduction to Digital Sound Design

Course on Introduction to Digital Sound Design


Sound has always been a significant part of human experience. It shapes and transforms our everyday world. Sounds and music are embedded in almost every aspect of daily life, from communication and artistic expression to commerce, politics, and our social and cultural identities.

About the course
The course provides an overview of the fundamental principles of sound and the factors that determine audio perception. It also explores techniques of recording, mixing, processing, synthesis, sampling, analysis, and editing of digital audio using freely distributed audio production software for both PC and Mac.

Students will also learn an array of sound design and editing techniques for use in film and web-based media, art installations, sound-scape creations, or live and internet music performances.

Course Syllabus
The Nature of Sound

  • Sound
  • Music perception and meaning
  • Music and the Environment

Music Technology I

  • Recording
  • Analysis
  • Processing

Music Technology II

  • Synthesis

Music Technology III

  • Interaction and Networks
  • Composition
  • Sound and Film

No background is required.

Course Format
The class will consist of lecture videos of 10 to 15 minutes each. There will also be reading and listening assignments, digital audio recording and design assignments, and exams.

Course Sessions
July 21, 2014 - September 5, 2014

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