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Module Name: Synthesis & Sound Design (optional)
ECTS weighting: 5 Credits
Contact Hours: 22 x 1-hour lectures
78 hours of independent study
Module Coordinator: Dr. Dermot Furlong

Rationale and Aims
The aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to digital synthesis techniques.
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to address audio synthesis using Csound.
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to synthesize musically interesting tones using various audio synthesis algorithms, together with their implementation details in Csound.

Course Content
Additive synthesis, Phase Vocoding , Subtractive synthesis, Modulation synthesis, FM synthesis, FOF synthesis, Convolution, Granular synthesis, Physical Modelling.

Assessment Component Details
End Semester exam (100%)

Recommended Reading List
Jim Aikin: Csound Power
Riccardo Bianchini and Allesandro Cipriani: Virtual Sound.
Richard Boulanger: The Csound Book.
Charles Dodge and Thomas Jerse: Computer Music.
Peter Manning: Electronic and Computer Music.
Alessandro Cipriani and Maurizio Giri: Electronic Music and Sound Design.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
• Assess the strengths and limitations of different synthesis algorithms.
• Implement various synthesis algorithms in Csound.

Methods of Teaching and Student Learning
Synthesis algorithms are presented and discussed in formal lectures. Use is also made of in-class tutorial exercises and homework practical exercises.

Methods of Assessment
End Semester exam (100%)