Sound for Music Technology OpenCourseWare: The Open University's Free Undergraduate Music Technology Course

Published Feb 24, 2009

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Students taking 'Sound for Music Technology: An Introduction' can learn about the physical attributes of pressure waves (the form taken by sound waves). The subjective elements of sound, which include pitch and loudness are also examined in this free course which is counterpart to a course that satisfies The Open University's requirements for a Bachelor of the Arts in Humanities and a Bachelor of Science in Technology.

Sound for Music Technology: An Introduction: Course Specifics

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Sound for Music Technology: An Introduction: Course Description

The concepts taught in this course are essential for anyone wishing to work with any of the various technologies employed in the music world. After taking this course, students should be able to describe a pressure wave and how sound travels in that form. Relationships between amplitude, wavelength, frequency and period of sinusoidal waveforms are also explored, as is the relationship between the distance traveled by a pressure wave and the number of oscillation cycles of that wave over a given period of time. Students can learn what phase difference is and how it is measured. These key concepts and many more are delivered via free course materials that include a series of readings and activities, some of which include audio samples. 'Sound for Music Technology: An Introduction' is similar to a course offered by The Open University's Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Bachelor of Science in Technology programs, but this course is not credit bearing.

The readings and activities are available online, all for free. If you're interested in learning about sound, visit the sound for music technology course page.

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