ATS2799 - Audio culture: From Cage to Gaga - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music


Associate Professor Thomas Reiner

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


The unit introduces students to a range of concepts in the field of contemporary audio-based art. By focusing 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 examines how such concepts and innovations have influenced not only composers of art music, but also music practitioners across all genres, including popular music, sound art and jazz.


On completion of this unit, students are able to:

  1. Understand contemporary music and audio-based art;
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with a variety of key works in the repertoire;
  3. Articulate knowledge pertaining to major compositional approaches, philosophies and aesthetics associated with contemporary sound-based work;
  4. Evaluate the complex interplay of new technologies and aesthetic forms.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.