TTT4197 - Music Acoustics and Technology


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination.

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

Introduction to acoustical perspectives concerning music, musical instruments and music perception. Topics: Functioning, sound generation and sound radiation mechanisms of the different families of musical instruments. The hearing mechanism and perception of music in rooms. Music scales and perception of musical sounds. Sound synthesis and physical modeling of music instruments, and related signal processing techniques.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The candidate has - Thorough knowledge about music instruments and the acoustical aspects of music performance - Good knowledge about music analysis, that is, analysis of the music viewed as a signal - Good knowledge about music synthesis, in particular physics based simulation - Thorough knowledge about the structure and functioning of the hearing sense; perception and experience of music in rooms Skills: The candidate is able to - Describe music as a signal (time, frequency, amplitude) - Describe the structure, functioning, use and control of acoustical instruments - Perform a physically based simulation of some type of music instrument

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, obligatory theoretical exercises and simulation exercises.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination in August, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

Excerpts from books, and papers, that will be specified at the course start.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TTT4190 7.5 AUTUMN 2014
TT2010 3.7 AUTUMN 2015
TT3010 3.7 AUTUMN 2015
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Build Acoustics
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Multidisciplinary Information and Communication Technology
  • Applied Electrical Engineering
  • Music Theory
  • Electronics and Telecommunications
  • Musicology
  • Music Technology
  • Music Performance Studies
  • Psychology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Electronic Systems


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 C PAPIR
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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