CCOG for MUS 172 Spring 2024

Course Number:
MUS 172
Course Title:
Music Technology: Record, Remix and DJ
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Course Description

Continues development of digital music technology skills for musicians and music majors. Covers live performance applications, mash-ups, visual object languages, interactive media, and artist development and production. Includes industry and independent artist marketing practices. Prerequisites: MUS 171. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Perform live music using digital music technology.
  2. Compose electronic music using a variety of conceptual and technical methods within the framework of identified stylistic practices.
  3. Create interdisciplinary music composition and/or performance using electronic music.
  4. Develop and implement a pre-production plan including: technical needs, budget, scheduling, artistic process, and creative content.
  5. Develop a marketing plan for one's own work.

Course Activities and Design

  • Complete projects/electronic music compositions
  • Complete exercises for the purpose of learning the functionalities of various technologies within and beyond the music industry
  • Engage in group discussions and evaluations of musical and non-musical works created by established composers, artists and peers
  • Instructor demonstration of technology within a historical and cultural context
  • Create artist narratives commenting on the rationale for one's own process and work and its relationship with the processes and works of others
  • Develop a basic marketing plan for one's own work

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Grades will be determined by measuring student competency in the related subject matter. Methods used to determine competency might include:

  • Practical Examinations
  • Quantitative/Qualitative Examinations
  • Individual Projects
  • Group Projects
  • Peer Evaluations

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

History and Context

  • Contemporary Artists, Trends, and Techniques
  • Connections across disciplines: computer music, sound installation art, interactive multi-media performance art, dance and theater.


  • 21th Century Techniques
  • Soundscapes for Installation Art
  • Music for Dance
  • Sound Design for Theater
  • Audio for Video/Film


  • Remixes/ Mash-ups
  • Introductory Graphical Object Oriented Programming for music
  • DJ Techniques for Performing Original Music Created in the Studio
  • Hardware Based Performance and Live Conventional Instruments
  • Creating Simple Multi-media Stage Design

Music Business

  • Copyright and Legal Concerns
  • Royalties
  • Promotion
  • Budget Management
  • Artistic Development