MTEC6701

MIDI and Sequencing Techniques

10 Units

The principles of arranging and editing music in electronic forms are studied and practically applied. Using sequencing software, Music Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) information is examined in detail. In particular, MIDI signal flow (including synchronisation), MIDI processing and the fundamentals of MIDI data (including binary theory) are addressed. Particular emphasis is placed on obtaining and maintaining musicality while utilising manipulation techniques. Sequencing and arrangement methodology is also examined (Students will be required to have access to an approved music sequencing software package in order to complete assessment tasks).

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Creative Arts
Availability Trimester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced operational skills using music arrangement software;
  2. Demonstrate a practical understanding of the procedures used in arranging musical material while maintaining musicality;
  3. Demonstrate a knowledge of the varied applications of sequencing software and Musical Instrument Digital Interface and the associated ramifications of their use;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the different editing techniques used in music arrangement software;
  5. Demonstrate the ability to use email, access web-based resources and to participate in electronic discussion groups.
Content

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Hardware related skills - configuring sequencers, local control, MIDI generating devices, MIDI sound sources
  • Software related skills - configuring MIDI and audio drivers, use of the Internet and email, editors, file formats
  • Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) - configuring MIDI, comparisons between MIDI and audio, MIDI signal flow, analysis of MIDI data messages.

Additional study areas may include synchronisation and using MIDI beyond the immediate realm of music.

Assumed Knowledge Students undertaking this course are required to have minimum levels of computer literacy and musical ability as necessary for entry into the Master of Music Technology and Graduate Certificate in Music Technology programs. No additional assumed knowledge is required. (Further details of the levels expected are available from the program convener.)
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Written Assignment
  • Project: Project - Music Arrangement Tasks
  • Project: Project - Music Editing
  • Participation: Group/tutorial participation and contribution
Contact Hours
  • Online Activity: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term (Use of Blackboard discussion forums and email for asynchronous online communication in addition to a synchronous online virtual chat (1 hour) per week)
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for MTEC6701

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