MUS 329E – Introduction to Electronic Media

This is the main page for the Introduction to Electronic Media Course (MUS 329E) for the Fall Semester, 2016 – unique number 21690.

Meeting Time: Tue/Thu 12:30 – 2:00 in MRH 4.170

Instructor: Steve Sachse

Office Hours: Tuesday 10:00-11:00 in MRH 4.170
Phone: 417-860-4082


This course is intended to familiarize the student with the history and techniques of creating electronic music, and to cultivate an ability to understand and speak meaningfully about sound in a variety of contexts. Since there is a pre-requisite course for MUS 329E (MUS 319D), some previous experience with recording techniques and audio software is assumed. However, since some students may not have taken the prerequisite, the first few weeks of this course will be a quick introduction/review of basic studio techniques.

Topics will include the physical principles of sound, basic recording techniques, sound synthesis, digital audio, MIDI, studio software and hardware, and a survey of notable electroacoustic composers and their work. The software employed to illustrate these concepts will primarily include Audacity and Reaper, but the course may explore additional software such as Kontakt, Spear, Soundhack, and others as time permits.

The syllabus and all class materials are posted on Canvas.