Electronic Music and Sound Design at UWA

electronic music uwa

EMAS is a club aimed at electronic music enthusiasts. Originating as an existing club with similar values, EMAS has expanded into an organization hosting major campus events.

Composers employ various pieces of equipment to capture sounds – both electronic and microphoned; edit or modify them individually or collectively before finalizing into permanent forms for performance in concert halls. Until recently, most composers’ works were performed live.


EMAS is an EU scheme designed to help companies reduce environmental impacts while building credibility through independent validation and registration, while simultaneously strengthening employee involvement and saving resources. Available to companies of any size or sector, its official website features information on how to get started using it as well as tools that assist implementation. Furthermore, competent bodies may request their EMAS scheme be recognised by the European Commission so they may use its logo on products and services.


Electronic music refers to any form of musical expression which utilizes electronic processing such as recording and editing on tape, usually played back through loudspeakers. Electronic music encompasses many styles and techniques; its result can usually be heard through loudspeakers. Electronic music has become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional instruments. While initially synthesizers were designed to replicate acoustic instrument sounds, modern electronic music encompasses much more diverse sounds such as computer music as well as synthesizers – it encompasses computer music as well.

Electronic music’s early developments emerged between World Wars I and II. Composers began using tape recorder technology in their work, creating new timbres while giving rise to studio realizations and musique concrete composition.

By the early 1920s, basic circuits had been developed for sine-, sawtooth- and square-wave generators. When combined with amplifiers, filters and loudspeakers, this enabled recording and reproducing music electronically; mechanical acoustical recordings had become obsolete by this point in history. Electrical recordings eventually replaced mechanical recordings entirely in late 1920s.

Herbert Eimert and Karlheinz Stockhausen pioneered electronic music after World War II; both composers worked at Cologne Studio to compose significant tape works, such as Gesang der Junglinge (Song of Youth). Both composers were followed by Luciano Berio and Bruno Maderna who also utilized Cologne Studio.

Electric guitar was another milestone in the development of electronic music. Its amplified tone and ability to play complex chords helped define rock and roll music with its combination of rhythm, melody, lyrics. Later came keyboard synthesizers that enabled one keystroke, pedal movement or microcomputer command to activate multiple devices at the same time within a studio environment.

Samplers are electronic devices that use recordings of real instrument sounds, excerpts from recorded songs or found sound samples such as sirens and ocean waves as the basis of its sample content. Once assembled, these recordings can be played back using sequencers or other trigger devices like MIDI keyboards or electronic drum machines, providing musicians with an array of musical sounds at different pitches; providing more realistic musical sounds in turn. Pitch shift mode may also be added for pitch shift-based sampling capabilities that provide musicians with additional options to select and create more realistic musical sounds!

Elise Reitze-Swensen

In the 1950s, composers who employed electronic tape were at an exciting point in their development as an art form. With its use finally being widely understood and accessible to creative use, composers were creating important and innovative works using this medium – Karlheinz Stockhausen was among the first notable composers who achieved considerable success through electronic tape composition with Gesang der Junglinge (1956; Song of the Young).

As well as writing strictly electronic pieces, several composers were also interested in exploring how electronic media could combine with other media forms to integrate music with other disciplines. Luigi Russolo, an Italian Futurist painter, created a series of mechanically activated intonarumori (noise instruments) which grated, hissed, scratched and rumbled to perform music reflective of industrial society.

Salvatore Martirano’s early experiment in this genre was his phonograph-based composition of Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, featuring films, helium bombs, and gas-masked politicians to complement its political satire. Around this same period were first keyboard synthesizers manufactured – keyboards becoming ubiquitous instruments used in electronic music during this era – which became widely adopted among rock bands such as Van Halen and Europe who incorporated keyboards into their sound.

By the 1970s, electronic music had come to its conclusion. Thanks to digital computing and computer-assisted music production technologies, creating electronic music became much simpler – leading to its development into techno music genre.

A sampler is an electronic musical instrument that uses pre-recorded audio samples to produce different types of musical sounds. These may be recordings from real instruments (such as piano or violin), excerpts from recorded songs, or found sounds such as sirens and ocean waves – these sounds may even be manipulated to add different effects and textures to music composition. A sampler has become an indispensable feature in modern professional studio equipment; however it remains relatively expensive device – its main benefit lies in allowing musicians to produce new and unique sounds by mixing various prerecorded recordings together.


UWA’s Electronic Music and Sound Design major offers the ideal course for budding musicians, composers and sound designers to explore industry-relevant techniques and technologies while creating professional electronic music compositions. Students gain expertise in digital audio production, synthesizer design and software/hardware instrument development before culminating with their final project of choice: an album of electronic music compositions, sound installation or film score composition.

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is one of Australia’s premier universities and internationally-acclaimed for its teaching, research and innovation. Situated along Australia’s Swan River on an idyllic campus adorned with iconic sandstone buildings and world-class facilities, UWA boasts an illustrious alumni roster including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as well as Nobel Prize-winning scientists and Oscar-winning filmmakers – an achievement the university can take great pride in boasting about.

UWA’s music programs provide a range of options, from the specialized Bachelor of Music to a general Bachelor of Arts degree. Students choosing music as their first major can combine it with another subject area like Engineering Studies or Languages for added versatility, or they can specialize in one of three areas within Music Major – Performance, Composition or Musicology.

The University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music stands out as a premier training institution, boasting a long and distinguished history of international success. With world-class academic staff including distinguished scholars and musicians providing comprehensive yet rigorous instruction in composition, performance, arrangement and arrangement. Furthermore, state-of-the-art facilities complete its offerings.

Pongo’s new single ‘Uwa’ takes rhythmic kuduro into new territory. From its driving frame drums that feel competitive at first listen, to elastic melodies which gradually interweave, her music is captivating, addictive and deeply atmospheric – an excellent preview for her London headline shows next month! Her video directed by Lou Escobar encapsulates this musical masterpiece perfectly.