MUS2800 – Sound Theory 1

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Course content

This course covers the basics of sound theory, such as sound waves, the auditory system, listening, psychoacoustics, voice, instrument acoustics, and room acoustics. In addition, there is coverage of the fundamental principals of digital signal processing, sound synthesis, and sound manipulation.

Learning outcome

Basic knowledge of sound in music and other areas, together with the possibility of further development within the field of music technology, music psychology, music theory and other areas, as well as linguistics, cognitive psychology, informatics.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

General admission requirements

Recommended previous knowledge

While meeting the requirements of admission granted to the programme in musicology or to another programme which includes/incorporates the 80-credit group from the programme in musicology, it is desirable that the student has taken mathematics (or its equivalent 2MX) at school.


The course is taught during the whole of the autumn semester, with 12 double-hour lectures. Students enrolled on MUS2800 and MUS4800 take teaching jointly. Attendance is obligatory at all times. It is recommended that one takes this course parallel with MUS 2840 and MUS 4840 in sound programming which supplement one another. A portfolio of work needs to be approved by the course tutor prior to the student taking the examination.


A semester assignment should be delivered within a given deadline at the end of the semester.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

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Facts about this course




Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)