Foundations of SMC


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

Bsc in Computer Science, Engineering, Medialogy or equivalent

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Investigate sound and music computing from a formal perspective, with a focus on the following: 1) constructing an application related to sound processing or 2) costructing and application related to new interfaces for musical expression, 3) a combination of 1) and 2).

Additionally, students are required to work according to a scientific method and to report results in scientific forms, such as papers and posters.


Learning objectives


Students who complete the module will gain knowledge as follows:

  •  Must be able to understand the core elements in sound processing, either considering sound as input modality (machine listening, such as segmentation and feature extraction, modeling and prediction, coding and classification, etc.) or output modality (sonic interaction design, new interfaces for musical expression).
  •  Must be able to understand principles of real-time sound processing.


Students who complete the module will gain skills as follows:

  • Must be able to apply a sound engine, to design and implement a system which uses sound as input or output modality.


Students who complete the module will gain competences as follows:

  • Must be able to synthesize relevant theory, techniques and tools to produce new knowledge and/or solutions.
  • Must be able to synthesize and discuss research-based knowledge in the area of sound and music computing, in the formats of a scientific paper and a poster, and in the format of a 15 minute conference presentation.

Type of instruction

Academically supervised student-governed problem oriented project work.



Name of examFoundations of SMC
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
In accordance with the current Framework Provisions and directions on examination from the Study Board for Media Technology:
Oral exam with an internal censor based on a scientific paper written in English and a media-technological product, an AVproduction illustrating and summarizing the project, a poster in English, and edited worksheets/portfolio documenting project details.
The assessment is performed in accordance with the 7-point grading scale.
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
Please see Semester Description.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleGrundlæggende lyd- og musikteknologi
Module codeMSNSMCM1141
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design