MUST1050 - Basic Music Technology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 1 weeks

Course content

The course contains the following main elements:

Introduction to basic acoustic theory and digital representation of music, techniques for digital recording and processing of sound and MIDI, arrangment, composition, mixing and performance with digital audio workstation software, signal processing and audio synthesis.

Learning outcome


At the end of the course the candidate should have knowledge about:

  • basic principles of MIDI and sampling
  • how digital audio workstation software can be used for sound and music production
  • basic techniques of audio synthesis and signal processing


At the end of the course, the candidate should be able to:

  • use digital audio workstation software to arrange/compose/produce/perform music
  • use graphical programming tools for signal processing and audio synthesis
  • write a report describing and justifying the aesthetic and technical choices made in a music production

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, group teaching and exercises. There will be up to 12 exercises.

Instruction is obligatory and demands minimum 80% attendance.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises
  • Satisfactory participation in mandatory teaching

Further on evaluation

More about the assessment:

Home examination where a music production of around 3-4 minutes, and a written report of 6-8 pages is handed in.

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the bachelor program in music technology. One to two places are reserved for students from the bachelor program in film and video production, music performance, or the engineering program of electronic system design in acoustics.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MUST1052 7.5 AUTUMN 2015
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Music Technology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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