Film Soundtrack Creation

Course code MUSI2702Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

Explores the creative and technical aspects, aesthetics, and psychology of combining sound for use with film, video, and other visual media. The major focus will be in the realm of film music, however, the principles and techniques of creating soundtracks will transfer to other collaborative art forms using music. The main emphasis will be on approaches of producing a well arranged and balanced soundtrack with other study areas to include film industry terminology, production techniques and the interaction of sound and vision.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAnalysis and observation of pre-composed films and soundtracks provide the student with an illustrative representation of the diverse applications of sound to visual media. This is particularly valuable as it demonstrates varied applications of music synchronised to visual material. Technical skills of spotting, concept development, and traditional/contemporary treatments of music will be implemented as required.

The choice of apposite music is fundamental to the success of an effective soundtrack. Students will develop skills to identify and render relevant material suited to various visual applications. They will also develop an understanding of music/sound parameters, techniques used for specific effects, and the associated styles and genres.

The use of technical audio equipment and computer software will not only assist the student in the creation of a soundtrack, but will also provide them with a larger range of creative material. Students will attain skills in the operation of technical equipment and the creation/arrangement of audio material via the use of electronic devices.

In order to compose a quality soundtrack, production skills (including editing) are vital. Students will combine a range of technical and creative techniques in order to experience the procedures required in the creation of professional soundtracks.
ContentCourse content may include (but is not limited to) the following:

1. Learning to critically assess soundtracks
2. Comprehending the various components of soundtracks
3. Improvements to aural comprehension in relation to soundtrack elements
4. Understanding relevant terminology
5. Appreciate the interplay between sound and vision
6. Develop create and technical skills in soundtrack production
7. Apply discernment in arranging and balancing audio material
8.Comprehending the use of software in soundtrack production
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsThis assessment item will test the student's analysis and writing skills. They will be required to view prescribed visual material, identify important elements, and discuss the techniques utilised. This assessment may be undertaken as an in class activity.
Other: (please specify)Practical assignment using various forms of digital media together in an arrangement software application. This assessment item requires the student to create specified soundtrack elements by arranging audio content to accompany visual material.
Other: (please specify)This task involves the production of a section of soundtrack using specialist skills. It further expands the techniques they have already encountered enabling their creative expression to be further expanded.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term