- Class Number 2867
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Samantha Bennett
- Prof Samantha Bennett
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
Music and Digital Media is an interdisciplinary course focussing on the business, cultural context and scientific nature of the [inter]relationship between music and media. The course blends theoretical perspectives on digital music formats, production, consumption and dissemination with practical workshops on audio and music editing, sound recording and coding for online music and media platforms. Such is the evolutionary nature of music in the digital age that study topics may vary. Current course content includes: a short history of music and digitisation, intellectual property, copyright and ethics; massively collaborative online music production and distribution; case study analyses of music for gaming, music 'apps' and crowd funding for music projects; digital audio visual curation techniques; and, the 'place' of music in social networks, media players and blogs. Learning and teaching activities include lectures, tutorials, practical lab sessions and workshops. Students are assessed on a portfolio of practical work, to include: an individually constructed e-CV; a music current affairs podcast for public broadcast; and, a written essay on an individually negotiated topic
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand the ethical implications of music, digitisation and media dissemination via a demonstrated understanding of intellectual property;
- execute a podcast recording on an appropriate topic suitable for public broadcast;
- design and construct a digital file integrating multimedia elements; and
- research and debate current issues surrounding music and digital media from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Course Introduction||Tutorial: Assessment overviews / Set Assessment 1|
|2||A Short History of Music and Digitisation||Tutorial: class discussion|
|3||Music & The Internet||Tutorial: class discussion|
|4||Music & Streaming Platforms||Tutorial: Set Assessment 2|
|5||Music & Social Media||Tutorial: Online e-CV workshop|
|6||Music, Video & Mashup Culture||Tutorial: Online e-CV workshop|
|7||Music & Podcasting||Tutorial: Set Assessment 3|
|8||Music & Online Communities||Tutorial: Podcast workshop|
|9||Music & Crowdfunding||Tutorial: Podcast workshop|
|10||Music, Online (Re)Mixing & Production||Tutorial: Podcast workshop|
|11||Music, Fans & Engagement||Tutorial: Podcast workshop|
|12||Podcast Assessment - in-class playback||Tutorial: class review|
See Wattle Tutorial Group links in the main MUSI3309 Wattle pane.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Assessment 1 - Individual Written Essay on Negotiated Topic||20 %||01/04/2021||22/04/2021||1, 4|
|e-CV with Integrated Multimedia Elements||30 %||16/04/2021||07/05/2021||3|
|Music Current Affairs Podcast||50 %||25/05/2021||01/06/2021||2,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 4
Assessment 1 - Individual Written Essay on Negotiated Topic
Students will research then complete a short, individually negotiated written project on a chosen music and digital media topic.
Examples of acceptable topics include:
- Digital music formats: artefacts (CD, DVD-Audio, SACD, DAT) or lossy/ lossless codecs (MP3, ATRAC, AAC, WAV, AIFF, WMA, ALAC)
- Streaming platforms including Spotify, Pandora, LastFM and issues of sound quality, advertising, revenue
- Media sites including YouTube, TikTok, Soundcloud
- Hi-res audio – Pono, TIDAL, DEEZER
- Mastering for web audio/ music, to include ‘mastering for iTunes’
- Crowdfunding/ Kickstarter/ Patreon case studies
- Music for gaming
- Music and social networking - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
- Stem remixing, creative commons and remix competitions
- Digital music and sound archiving
• Word Length: 1500
• This assignment covers Learning Outcomes 1 and 4.
• Weighting: 20%
• Deadline: 1st April 2021
• Return of feedback: 22nd April 2021
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 3
e-CV with Integrated Multimedia Elements
Students will design and construct an electronic CV utilising Wix, Wordpress, Weebly or other web-based software. The e-CV should include some, but not necessarily all, of the following:
- A biography, including music-related details
- Audio clips
- Integrated social network links
- Other links
The design should focus on ‘online identity’ with clear continuity between multimedia elements.
• Maximum pages - 4
• This assignment covers Learning Outcome 3.
• Weighting: 30%
• Deadline: 16th April 2021
• Return of feedback: 7th May 2021
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 2,4
Music Current Affairs Podcast
In groups of no more than 5 (dependent on class numbers), students will author, direct, record and produce a 15-minute current affairs Podcast on a current music issue. Example subjects might be:
- The post-pandemic music industry
- Music, education and funding
- Live music events and ticketing
- Music and copyright
- Technology and consumption
- Digital music distribution
- Music streaming and revenue
The Podcast must contain a group discussion as the main content, featuring clear contributions from all group members.
Additionally, the discussion should be ‘book ended’ with a suitably programmed/ sampled piece of music and/ or jingle.
Group Podcasts will be collated into the ‘ANU School of Music Podcast Series’ for potential public broadcast (TBC).
• Podcast Length: 15 minutes
• This assignment covers Learning Outcomes 2 and 4.
• Weighting: 50%
• Deadline: Tuesday May 25th 2021 (in class Podcast playback - compulsory attendance)
• Return of feedback: Tuesday June 1st 2021
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Music Technology, Sound Recording, Recorded Music
Prof Samantha Bennett