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Undergraduate Course: Physics-based Modelling of Musical Instruments (MUSI10076)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is a continuation of Musical Applications of Fourier Theory and Digital Signal processing, with emphasis on practical (programming) based work in the Matlab programming language. The general goal is to achieve an understanding of sound producing algorithms based on physical principles.
Course description Topics to be covered include:

z transforms and simple FIR and IIR filter structures
image method reverberation

simple effects modeling (distortion, wah)

simple physical model structures for synthesis (such as, e.g., the

clarinet, or Karplus Strong string synthesis)

simple numerical integration strategies for oscillators

other topics as appropriate
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Musical Applications of Fourier Theory and Digital Signal Processing (MUSI10055)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs 0
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have experience with Matlab programming language, Mathematics through calculus, complex variables.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 16/01/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 163 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Project work 100%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of methods of digital simulation of acoustic systems
  2. identify, simplify and apply appropriate methods for discretisation of physics-based sound models in the context of specific technological constraints and artistic/creative demands
  3. carry out mathematical calculations and derivations associated with modelling and simulation of acoustic systems
  4. successfully implement a discrete-time computer model of a musical instrument or other sound source
  5. show facility with programming in the Matlab environment
Reading List
Course materials will be provided.

Additional Information
Course URL
Graduate Attributes and Skills Programming
Audio Engineering
Special Arrangements None
Study Abroad None
Additional Class Delivery Information Two hour seminar and one hour tutorial per week.
Keywordsphysical models,digital signal processing
Course organiserDr Stefan Bilbao
Tel: (0131 6)51 7043
Course secretaryDr Ellen Jeffrey
Tel: (0131 6)50 2430
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