Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course develops an understanding of musical structures, shared musical vocabularies, musical representation and communication, and focuses on texture and timbre, and their various roles in cultures. Students will apply these tools creatively in any genre or era. The course teaches students to be active and analytical listeners of sound events, textures and musical gestures, using examples from diverse cultures, genres, historical periods and styles including analogue and digital innovations in music technology.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify and explain the use of timbre in a variety of musical styles and eras.

2. Recognise, create and analyse significant sonic structures with respect to timbre and texture.

3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate about music written and spoken forms.

4. Apply technology in the analysis of music events.


Topics will include: : sounds in the environment, sound and meaning, timbral organisation and analysis, simple uses of analogue and digital technologies for the creation of a sound event, sound envelopes, sound style and culture, signals and controls, experimental approaches to music and sound, instruments, basic orchestration and textural organisation.


This course has similarities to MUSI1631. If you have successfully completed MUSI1631 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

A demonstration of the standard required in the School's music academic and practical tests conducted during the audition process for admission (or equivalent).

Assessment items

Report: Analyse and discuss a Contemporary Work of Music or Sound Design - 30%

Portfolio: Field Recordings Project - 30%

Project: Audio Sound Design Podcast - 40%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks starting in week 6

Weeks 6-7


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 1

Weeks 1-5 and Weeks 8-13


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 1

Weeks 1-5 and Weeks 8-13

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.