MUST1058 - Music Technology in Light of History


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 1/3
School exam 2/3 4 hours D

Course content

The course provides an introduction to the history and distinctive character of music technology, based on a critical and humanistic perspective, and the development of new practices in production, distribution and use. The course also discusses the relationship between technology, aesthetics, musical expression/ form and practice and how ways of working with music technology have changed throughout history.

Learning outcome


Having completed the course the candidate will

  • have acquired knowledge of the most important tendencies in the development of technologies for sound recording, electronic sound synthesis, manipulation, transmission and distribution.
  • have an understanding of how 20th and 21st century music technology is related to earlier forms of music technology
  • have acquired knowledge of how music technology has developed in interaction with art and culture, as well as technology and society
  • have acquired knowledge of how music technology has contributed to changing the understanding of what music is and how it is created, performed, distributed and experienced.


Having completed the course the candidate will

  • be able to see interrelationships between recent and historical practices within music technology
  • be able to carry out simple forms of sound recording, playback, editing and treatment with the use of digital tools and relate this to music technology history
  • be able to reflect critically based on, and in continuation of, the acquired knowledge
  • be able to formulate his/her knowledge convincingly, both in writing and orally, according to academic standards

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and.exercises: Exercises may be a written essay and/or practical assignments. Teaching is usually conducted in Norwegian, but may take place in English.

Instruction is obligatory and demands minimum 80% attendance.

Compulsory assignments

  • Satisfactory participation in compulsory classes
  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

7 exercises must be passed to take the exam.

The exam consist of two parts, one 4 hours written exam and an assignment. The assignment is a written homework assignment of 2-3,000 words related to one or more topics from the syllabus.

Grades are set on the individual sub-assessments before an overall grade is calculated. To pass the course, all parts of the assessment must be passed. If one part of the examination is failed, only the failed part has to be retaken.

Required previous knowledge

No previous knowledge necessary.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MUST1051 5.0 AUTUMN 2007
HFMT101 7.5 AUTUMN 2007
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 2/3 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 1/3 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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