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    Development of computer-based electronic music production skills and techniques using industry-standard software and equipment.

    Ableton Live software is used to create, record, produce and perform music. Learn about both the linear and improvisational methods of producing electronic music in Ableton Live. This paper provides you with the knowledge to discover your own sound and develop it into a recognisable style.

    About this paper

    Paper title Electronic Music Production
    Subject Music
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    MUSI 132
    MUSI 333
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Students who have not taken MUSI132 should demonstrate prior knowledge of Logic, Pro-Tools or Ableton before commencing the paper. Contact lecturer Mr David Harrison ( to arrange a demonstration.

    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinator and Teaching Staff: Mr David Harrison

    Paper Structure

    The paper covers Music Technology, Computer Based Production and Communication.

    Teaching Arrangements
    One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour Music Computer Lab class per week.

    Please contact the School of Performing Arts Office ( for more information on required readings.

    Course outline

    Please contact the School of Performing Arts ( for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Communication, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    At both 200- and 300-level, students will learn skills in music sequencing and an understanding of modern sound creation and programming concepts. Furthermore, participants will understand the application of essential electronic music production concepts and skills. This will result in producing a release ready three-track EP with artwork, a ten minute presentation on a topic of choice within the field of music production and an accompanying portfolio essay. At 300-level only, pedagogical approaches to electronic music research will be discussed in the form of an extended essay.

    The paper is focused on the student's artistic identity as an electronic music producer.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system

    Computer Lab

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
    A2 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22
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