Sound and Music Computing


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

A/V Production (3rd semester), Perception (3rd semester), Procedural Programming (3rd semester)

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The objective of this course is to give the students an understanding of the communication networks, technologies, architecture, topologies and standards, including the major technological components used in the communication networks. The aim is further to have an understanding of the major parameters, which are decisive when constructing network infrastructures.

Learning objectives


Students who complete the module will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Apply knowledge from auditory perception in working with digital sound
  • Understanding of how to use sound for communication and control to enable a more natural human-computer interface
  • Knowledge of the use of sound design in interactive media
  • Understanding differences between speech, music, environmental sound and  designed sounds
  • Understanding time and frequency domain
  • Understanding the differences between the following types of sound signals: speech, music, environmental and designed sound, and their use in a variety of media applications as input and output
  • Understanding sampling and quantization, uncompressed audio data formats, such as, WAV, AIFF and aliasing and quantization noise
  • Understanding sampled audio in time and frequency domain and the shape of common sound components in the time and frequency domain
  • Understanding filtering in the time domain (impulse response) and frequency domain (frequency response)
  • Understanding reverberation, spatial audio: stereo, and recent surround stereo standards
  • Understanding basic sound synthesis techniques (additive, subtractive, granular and modulation)
  • Understanding feature extraction and its use to sound and music computing
  • Understanding basic sound effects
  • Understanding aspects of audio processing in real-time and off-line



Students who complete the module will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Ability to quantitatively analyze digital audio by methods of auto-correlation, the Fourier transform and the extraction of relevant features, such as pitch, spectral energy distributions, harmonicity and noisiness
  • Apply knowledge to the design of an interactive soundscape for multimedia product
  • Ability to implement interactive sound effects (application)
  • Ability to implement basic filters for processing digital audio in the time and frequency domains (application)
  • Ability to understand the importance of specifications such as sample rate, bit rate and quantization for multimedia applications


  • Students who complete this module will be able to effectively and efficiently collaborate and communicate with others in different disciplines to build useful and innovative software applications to meet a diversity of needs

Type of instruction

Refer to the overview of instruction types listed in the start of chapter 3. The types of instruction for this course are decided in accordance with the current Framework Provisions and directions are decided and given by the Study Board for Media Technology.



Name of examSound and Music Computing
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
In accordance with the current Framework Provisions and directions on examination from the Study Board for Media Technology:

To be eligible to take the exam the student must have fulfilled:
• handing in of written assignments or the like
• completion of certain – or all – study activities

Note that if admittance to the exam or parts of the assessment is to be based on written work or ex-ercises, a deadline is stipulated for when the work must be handed in. If the student hands in a pa-per/exercises after the deadline, the student has used an examination attempt.
Individual oral or written examination based on mandatory exercises and mini-project with internal censor. The assessment is performed in accordance with the 7-point grading scale.
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
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 titleLyd- og musikbehandling
Module codeMSNMEDB4102
Module typeCourse
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