MUST2051 - Sound Art


New from the academic year 2021/2022

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Work 100/100

Course content

Practical and theoretical introduction to work with sound art, spatialization, sensors and microcontrollers, programming of interactive sound, relevant aesthetic issues and art historical context.

Learning outcome


The candidate:

  • has insight into the use of sound as an artistic tool and which carries a meaning content beyond the musical expression 
  • knows key examples of sound-based art
  • knows key concepts for characterization of everyday listening and sound environment 
  • knows how to use sensors and microcontrollers for physical computing 
  • knows some basic ways to program microcontrollers to let sensors control sound processing
  • knows basic spatialization techniques (ambisonics, vbap, multi-channel audio playback)


The candidate:

  • can compose with concrete sound, including the use of field recordings
  • can work practically with sensors and microcontrollers for digital sound processing 
  • can connect programming languages, external sensors, and audio programs to interactive audio systems
  • has technical skills for working with sound in rooms, spatialization and other playback techniques

Learning methods and activities

The course is taught in thematic blocks with lectures, group projects and practical exercises. Each block is arranged as a concentrated workshop of 2-4 days duration. Further information about the scope and requirements for exercises is given in Blackboard at the start of the semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Sufficient participation in teaching activities

Further on evaluation

Each thematic part is assessed through one or more practical projects, where the students individually and in groups apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired during the thematic part.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Bachelor of Fine Art (BBK)
Fine Art (MFA)
Music Performance Studies (BMUSP)
Music Technology (BMUST)

Required previous knowledge

MUST1060 Basic Music Technology 2 or equivalent. Requires admission to the Bachelor's programme in Music Technology. Students admitted to the Bachelor's programme in Fine Art (BBK) may also apply.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MUST2059 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
MUST2056 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Work 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Work 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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