Sound Design for Interactive Media

Fall 2017

Instructor - Stefan Damian / moc.liamg|ds.naimadnafets#moc.liamg|ds.naimadnafets

Credits - 4 ECTS

Course Prerequisites


Course Description

This course aims to provide students a high degree of awareness of the role of sound in Contemporary Art, New Media, Performing Arts, Sound Art, Sonic Arts, Acousmatic Music and Installations.

Course Objectives

Students in this course will pursue:

  • Refinement of personal aesthetic taste and style.
  • High level of understanding of various DAWs workflows (Steinberg Nuendo, Cycling 74 MaxMSP, Avid Pro Tools, Cockos Reaper, Ableton Live etc.)
  • A good understanding of modern DSP Tools and acknowledgement of their creative possibilities
  • Good control of recording techniques and diffusion techniques related to spatial audio and immersive sound.
  • Sound Design and synthesis literacy.
  • Good understanding of Interaction Design and tools (sensors, DIY interfaces, space)
  • Ability of using sound design techniques to new media projects.
  • Ability to create interactive installations and acousmatic narratives.
  • A good understanding of other team members’ work , such as creative programmers, space designers, light designers, animators, directors

Course Structure

This course will be comprised of 14 weekly classes, 1 final project proposal, and 1 final project.

Course requirements


Final project

Info TBA


  • Understanding the Art of Sound Organization, by Landy, Leigh.

Class Schedule

Week 1: Introduction: Sound Art / Sonic Arts / Acousmatic Music

  • Reading: …
  • Assignment (due before following class): …

Week 2: Uses and multi-purpose of sound in Interactive Media and Performing Arts.

Week 3: Sound in different media: air, electrical, digital

Week 4: Field and studio recording techniques

Week 5: Studio Techniques: hardware equipment and fundamentals of DAW software

Week 6: Studio Techniques: editing techniques and signal flow

Week 7: Studio Techniques: Digital Signal Processing (dynamics and spectral processing)

Week 8: Studio Techniques: Digital Signal Processing (delay lines, reverberation, flange-ing, chorusing and various modulation effects)

Week 9: Studio Techniques: mixing fundamentals for different media: music, film, installations

Week 10: Introduction to Spatial Audio

Week 11: Spatial Audio Techniques: recording techniques (XY, AB, MS, dummyhead, binaural etc.) and diffusion techniques (VBAP, Ambisonics, Wavefield Synthesis, binaural etc.)

Week 12: Final project proposals and discussions

Week 13: Final project discussions / supervising

Week 14: Final project discussions / supervising

Final: Final Project Presentations.

Qualitative Grading Overview


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