Experimental Sound and Image Studio


Ein Entwurf für das zukünftige Soundlabor © SIB Dresden NL II und ATO. M Ein Entwurf für das zukünftige Soundlabor © SIB Dresden NL II und ATO. M
Ein Entwurf für das zukünftige Soundlabor

© SIB Dresden NL II und ATO. M

Definition and Objectives

The main purpose of the DMCL Studio will be to encourage the integration of musical creation, technology and scientific research. It will be concerned with musical and audio-visual computing applications, and will support a broad range of scientific and artistic developments, from musical production-oriented projects to the programming of advanced experimental music technologies.

The Studio will provide a collaborative and multidisciplinary space for the application of computer technologies to the following areas:

  • Music and audiovisual stimuli design and construction
  • Computational music modeling and algorithmic composition
  • Film scoring and composition for multimedia
  • Musical production (music recording/editing/mixing)
  • Sound synthesis
  • Electroacoustic music, audiovisual installations and visual art
  • Human-computer interfaces for musical performance
  • Sound computing

The function of the Studio within a new program of study at TU Dresden

The Institute for Arts and Musicology at TU Dresden is currently working on the design of a novel post-graduate program of study in the area of Systematic Musicology. The main goal of the program will be to establish an academic environment for the development of advanced cross-disciplinary scientific research applied to music and music making. The program’s core training courses will link the fields of musicology, music theory and music performance with approaches from cognitive neuroscience, mathematics and computer science. With its dedicated Studio facilities, the DMCL at TU Dresden will support teaching and research activities requiring advanced sound and audiovisual technological resources, and will act as a base for collaborative research with a fundamental specialism in the areas of systematic musicology and music cognition.

Music technology courses to be taught at the Studio

Introduction to Music Technology

Students will learn the principles and practice of current music technology through studying basic acoustics, principles of digital audio, and MIDI. These principles will be applied in hands on creative work through the design and production of experimental musical materials. The course will introduce software for recording/editing/processing/mixing audio signals, as well as music computing tools for sequencing both MIDI and audio data.

MIDI and Digital Audio Techniques

The course will provide an introduction to sample-based sound creation/synthesis for musical applications (e.g. instrument design, live performance and electronic music composition).

Electronic Music Synthesis

Through lectures and readings students will learn the principles of acoustics (with a focus on timbre) and digital audio synthesis. These concepts will be applied in practical, technical, and creative work employing using software-based modular visual programming environments (MaxMSP/PD/Reaktor).

Composition for Screen and Multimedia

The course will provide an introduction to film scoring, sound design and music composition for multimedia. Through lectures and readings centred on the aesthetics, procedures, and technical aspects of film scoring, students will learn the process of creating original music to accompany a visual medium. As the course progresses, they will apply these learned skills in a final project entailing the scoring of a complete short film.


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Letzte Änderung: 16.11.2017