Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitComposition
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Thomas Reiner


Previously coded MUS2040


The unit will introduce students you to a range of concepts in the field of contemporary audio-based art. It will concentrate on important innovations that developed outside the mainstream of contemporary Western art music, especially those that occurred throughout the 20th century, and which continue to exert influence today. The unit will examine how such concepts and innovations have influenced not only composers of art music, but music practitioners across all genres, including popular music, sound art and jazz.


On successful completion of this unit, students will have:

  1. acquired a deep understanding of contemporary music and audio-based art
  2. become thoroughly familiar with a variety of key works in the repertoire
  3. acquired the knowledge of major compositional approaches, philosophies and aesthetics associated with contemporary sound-based work
  4. acquired an understanding of the complex interplay of new technologies and aesthetic forms.


Sound awareness assignment: 20%
Sound representation assignment: 20%
Class listening test: 20%
Class test: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

3 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar and 1 x 1 hour library study) per week

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