Sound in Media
FMX 328 D
Section B: TR 10:00 – 11:30 am
Associate Professor, Gregg Perkins, MFA
Office: 129 Cass Annex
Office hours by appointment
Phone: ex. 3427
Sound in Media is a hands-on production course that will encourage experimentation and innovation in sound editing that can be applied to a wide array of media – from films, to mobile applications, to audio installation. The course will cover sound recording techniques both on film sets and in the studio. There will be a module where students will learn how to use the virtual instruments in Logic ProTools and Ableton Live in the advanced audio suite in the Cass Building. Additionally there will be readings/lectures/screenings about how film directors and other artists have innovated with sound in film and media in general. The projects will include working with and generating midi files, working with recorded and found sound files, applying effects, and mastering sound for final presentation in a wide variety of media.
Required Documentation Sources:
Create a SoundCloud Account: https://soundcloud.com/
Create a Blog to document course work: https://www.blogger.com
Send both links to me by class time on Thursday September 29.
Apple Music, Spotify or equivalent
Highly Recommended (high quality streaming music): TIDAL
Additional Listening: https://www.nts.live/
EDM / Hip Hop / Ambient / Experimental
*All other texts will be distributed in class, or posted to Blackboard as PDF files
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John Germany Library: 900 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
Logic Pro X Essential Training with Scott Hirsch
Pro Tools 12 Essential Training with Skye Lewin
Ableton Essential Training
Ableton Live for Education:
- Become proficient working/studio recording with Logic Pro X and Pro Tools and Ableton Live
- Become proficient working with field audio recoding equipment (including familiarity with microphones, recording and mixing equipment)
- To experiment with creative applications of sound for film soundtracks and other media
- For students to develop their own style of musical scoring/sound editing for film and media projects
- To prepare students to work proficiently in an audio recording both in the field and in the studio
Assignments / Grade Breakdown:
Listening Assignments & Blog Posts: 20%
Writing Assignment on Sound Designer/Editor: 10%
Place Documentation Sound Project: 10%
Film Location Sound project: 10%
Scoring Project: 10%
Experimental Sound project 10%
Final Sound Project: 20%
Participation & Portfolio Revision: 10%
95 – 100 A Outstanding
89 – 94 A/B Excellent
84 – 88 B Very Good
77 – 83 B/C Good
72 – 76 C Average
66 – 71 C/D Below Average
60 – 65 D Passing
00 – 59 F Failure
NF No-Show, Failure – Failure for > 3 Absences
The FMX Department follows the UT Attendance Policy that excuses absence for a variety of reasons stated below in the policy. All unexcused absences credit adversely against the course grade, by one half-letter grade for classes that meet twice per week, and one full letter grade for classes that meet once per week. Lateness, leaving early, and late returns from breaks, may also count as absence. Please be prompt to class and plan to attend all sessions.
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Note: I reserve the right to make changes to this syllabus as necessary.
**Outline and timing of assignments are listed under Modules of this course website**