Music and Sound Technologies


a) To understand the major developments on sound technology and their outline on music practice (writing,
performance and recording);
b) To analyse critically the inception and global expansion of the sound based media industries;
c) To understand the relationships beetween new sound technologies, changes in music genres and styles and
the reconfiguration of popular music in the 20th century.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

António José Rodrigues Tilly dos Santos


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language





Gottlieb, G. (2007). Shaping Sound in the Studio and Beyond: Audio Aesthetics and Technology. Boston: Delmar.
Middleton, P. & Gurevitz, S. (2008). Music Technology Workbook Key
concepts and pratical projects. Oxford:
Elsevier Ldt.
Moorefield, V. (2005). The Producer as Composer: From the Illusion of Reality to the Reality of Illusion.
Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
Negus, K. (1992). Producing Pop: Culture and Conflict in the Popular Music Industry. London: Edward Arnold.
Théberge, P. (1997). Any Sound You Can Imagine: Making Music/Consuming Technology. Hanover, NH:
Wesleyan University Press.
Wurtzler, S. J. (2007). Electric sounds: technological change and the rise of corporate mass media. New York:
Columbia University Press.

Teaching method

The lessons are organized in theoretical/pratical methodologies. The first part addresses the historical and
stylistical dimensions of history of sound and music recording. Simultanously there’ll be a critical audition of
musical examples. The second part, envolving laboratorial work, underpins the experiment of music recording
techniques and comparative analysis of results.

Evaluation method

a written essay viewing the contents to evaluate the understanding of technological processes and underlying concepts(50%), a laboratorial work with a written report to express the basis and explanation of processes, methods and production technologies(50%)

Subject matter

1. Sound Technologies and Music Industries in the 20th Century.
2. The Electrification of Sound.
3. Sound recording techniques: capture and amplification.
4. Multitrack Recording.
5. Sound synthesis and audio processing in music production and recording.
6. Digital Audio and Machine Control Protocols.
7. The Musical Instrument Digital Interface.
8. Critical analysis of recorded musical sound.
9. Audio and MIDI integration: Working with Digital Audio Workstations.


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