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Through continuing your studies in music and production fundamentals, you will gain knowledge of how music is created, rehearsed, recorded and performed. You will specialise in genres such as jazz, rock, pop, rhythm and blues, funk and soul. Using industry recognised software, you will gain further experience with Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), software synthesisers, sequencing, multi-track recordings, editing and audio mixing. The study of practical and theoretical principles gives you the opportunity to explore various performance, technical and creative skills.
Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
There are no requisites for this unit.
Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit,
should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification.
Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability.
See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
Offerings For Term 2 - 2023
All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes –
in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory.
International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet
both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period
(satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).
This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task,
based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%,
or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must
also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task,
as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the
University’s Grades and Results Policy
for more details of interim results and final grades.
Production Fundamentals students require some very specific equipment to facilitate the production requirements of this unit. This unit provides training in performing, recording and mixing music. Because of this, you will need to have access to the following:
Ableton Live software
An audio interface
A quick stable internet connection (preferable ethernet)
Microphone or instrument lead
Studio headphones and your computer / webcam
About Ableton Live
Ableton Live is an industry standard DAW (digital audio workstation) and learning how to use it is extremely beneficial. You will be required to submit Ableton Live sessions as part of your assessments and therefore need to have access to a copy of Ableton software. As the production classes are based on the Ableton software, no other DAWs are acceptable for this unit. A free 90 day full use trial version of the Ableton Live software is available for download from the Ableton Live website (https://www.ableton.com/en/trial/). If you have already used your free trial version, please a request for an extension code to Ableton - information in Moodle.
If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please contact the Unit Coordinator, Patty Preece (email@example.com).
1 Practical Assessment
In this assessment, you will be required to perform a series of MIDI sequencing tasks. To complete this assessment, download the 'project brief' document from Moodle as well as the Ableton Live set. You will be required to use the MIDI sequencing and edit functions of Ableton Live including but not limited to:
Once you have completed all the steps outlined in the project brief, “collect all and save” your session. Navigate to the location on your computer where you saved your session. Right-click on the top level project folder to compress/zip the Ableton Live project.
Name the folder: Edit assessment_YourName. This will create a .zip file that you can upload to Moodle as your submission.
Assessment Due Date
Week 5 Friday (11 Aug 2023) 11:59 pm AEST
Return Date to Students
Week 7 Friday (1 Sept 2023)
MIDI sequencing meets the requirements of the brief - 50%
Loop points are applied effectively to all clips - 30%
Implement at a foundation level, a range of music and production techniques pertinent to your specialisation within various live or recorded music and production contexts
2 Practical Assessment
In this assessment task, you will be required to create a series of sounds using the Ableton Live software instruments. To complete this assessment, download the 'project brief' document from Moodle as well as the Ableton Live set. You will be required to apply principles of synthesis as well as use the built-in sound design tools of Ableton Live including but not limited to:
Time based effects
Assessment Due Date
Week 9 Monday (11 Sept 2023) 11:59 pm AEST
Return Date to Students
Week 11 Monday (25 Sept 2023)
Sound design meets the requirements of the brief - 40%
Time based effects applied effectively to all instruments - 20%
Apply, at a foundation level, a range of technical and creative skills pertinent to your specialisation, specific to music and production within various live or recorded contexts
3 Practical Assessment
In this assessment, you will expand upon the foundational skills learned in assessment tasks 1 and 2 to create a musical arrangement. You will be supplied an Ableton live set containing an 8 bar MIDI loop of drums, bass and chords.
You will be required to
1. Add a software instrument to each of the loops
2. Create an 8 bar loop for a lead part, using a lead sound of your choice
3. Create a 32 bar arrangement of the parts in the arrangement view
4. You will also perform a basic mix of the instruments that demonstrates genre specific production techniques.
You may add additional sounds as you see fit, including acoustic instruments and samples (eg vocals or guitar). The genre you are working in is Lo-fi trap.
Your final bounce will be a stereo mix of your signals with a peak level of no more than -3 dBFS.
You will be required to submit both a stereo bounce of your composition as well as your Ableton Live Project.
Your project should not contain any missing media or unused tracks.
Assessment Due Date
Review/Exam Week Friday (13 Oct 2023) 11:59 pm AEST
Return Date to Students
Exam Week Friday (20 Oct 2023)
Composition demonstrates genre-specific production techniques - 20%
Develop, to a foundation level, musical skills of stylistic authenticity pertinent to your specialisation within a range of live or recorded music and production contexts.
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Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure.
This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid,
the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.
What is a breach of academic integrity?
A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct.
The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.
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A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University.
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Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.
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