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MUSI233 Electronic Music Production

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.

Paper title Electronic Music Production
Paper code MUSI233
Subject Music
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,692.00

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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.

Please contact Mr David Harrison for further information.

Teaching staff

Paper Coordinator 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 track with artwork and 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.

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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 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15, 19-21
Friday 16:00-16:50 16-18
A2 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 9-13, 15-21


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-21
Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-21