ATS2799 - Audio culture: From Cage to Gaga - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Ryan Smith


Dr Ryan Smith

Not offered in 2019


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.



The unit introduces students to a range of concepts in the field of contemporary audio-based art with an emphasis on European practitioners. By focusing on important innovations that developed outside the mainstream of contemporary Western art music, especially those that occurred throughout the 20th century, the unit examines how such concepts and innovations have influenced not only composers of art music, but also music practitioners across other genres, including popular music, sound art, and jazz.


Upon completion of the unit, students are able to:

  1. understand concepts of sound 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 in Europe;
  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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