MUST2052 - Digital Composition and Performance


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Practical exam and work
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Work 1/2
Practical exam 1/2 15 minutes

Course content

The course consists of the following main topics: algorithmic composition and advanced audio processing methods. Performance oriented software, interactive use of music technology, live electronics. Introduction to programming in Python and Csound by modification of example implementations

Learning outcome


The candidate

  • has insight in aesthetic practice based on digital tools for performance and composition
  • can identify common methods for algorithmic composition
  • has knowledge of advanced forms of audio processing
  • knows how their own custom programs and technologies can be combined with commercial and off-the-shelf tools.
  • knows the basic syntax and processing in Python and Csound
  • has insight into interfaces between different technologies and programming languages


The candidate

  • can compose sound pieces based on algorithmic methods and combine these with advanced forms of audio synthesis.
  • has practical experience with realtime control of automatic composition processes
  • can develop technical solutions to specific musical problems they may encounter in composition, improvisation and performance.
  • can reflect on the use of technology in the creative process

Learning methods and activities

The course is taught in thematic blocks containing lectures, group projects and practical exercises. Each block is arranged as a concentrated workshop of 2-4 days duration. Information about exercises and requirements is given in Blackboard at semester start. There will be up to 10 exercises divided between scheduled workshops and follow-up work after the workshops.

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

Music production and performance with an accompanying written reflection. All components of the assessment must be passed. If you fail on one part of the examination you must retake the part which you have failed.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Music Performance Studies (BMUSP)
Music Technology (BMUST)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the Bachelor's programme in Music Technology. Passed MUST1060 or equivalent. The course has restricted admission.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MUST2062 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
MUST1054 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
MUST1056 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
MUST3056 15.0 AUTUMN 2023
More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music


Examination arrangement: Practical exam and work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Work 1/2
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Practical exam 1/2
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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