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Music x Technology


Admission requirements

No admission requirements for this course.


The main topic of this course is the question how technological developments have resulted and will result in new forms of music. However, the relationship between technology and music is not just one-directional, technology has been shaped by developments in music as well. In this course we are primarily interested in music creation including composition processes, musical language and musical instruments or sound sources. Besides that, we are interested in developments in musical performance, presentation and distribution.

The course will address both academic, contemporary and popular electronic music. We will address the democratization of electronic music, the role of the internet, automatic music recognition, generative music and artificial intelligence.

In the course we will come across instruments like the Theremin, the Trautonium, the Mellotron, analogue synthesizers (Moog, Buchla, Arp, EMS), digital synthesizers while not forgetting the studio-based electronic music tradition that originates from the 1940’s.

In order to develop hands on experience we will use and zoom into the following open source software (Audacity, VCV Rack, Ardour, Pure Data, Automatonism, Google Magenta and more)

In the course a historical perspective will be created to not only create a context for discussion, it is meant to inspire new ideas and concepts. Although history plays an important role it is not a history course. Students are asked to study certain concepts that relate to their interest, try-out their ideas, present their work and engage in discussions.

Course objectives

  • The course aims to create a stimulating basis for critical thinking regarding the interrelation of Music and Technology

  • The course aims to stimulate the creation of new ideas and concepts focusing on the interrelation of Music and Technology


Academic year 2019-2020, first semester.

Dates and times

Wednesdays 17.15-19.15 hrs.

Seminar dates:

  • 11 September 2019

  • 18 September 2019

  • 25 September 2019

  • 2 October 2019

  • 9 October 2019

  • 16 October 2019

  • 30 October 2019

  • 6 November 2019

  • 13 November 2019

  • 20 November 2019

  • 27 November 2019

  • 4 December 2019 (pending)

Exam date:

  • 18 December 2019


The lectures/workgroups take place at Lipsius building, Cleveringaplaats 1, 2311 BD Leiden, room 307.

The exam on 18 December 2019 takes place in room 028 of the Lipsius building.

Mode of instruction

Interactive seminar.

Course Load

Total course load 5 EC x 28 hours = 140 hours:

  • Lectures: 24

  • Preparation, study of compulsory literature, assignment(s): 114

  • Exam(s): 2

Assessment method

The grading of the course is based on the homework assignments, student presentations, an essay and a creative work. Full attendance is a requirement in order to receive the credits for the course.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • sharing reading materials, classroom aids and similar

  • announcements

Reading list

Texts and other materials on or via Blackboard / Brightspace


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

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Lecturer: Dhr. E.F. van der Heide MMus
Coordinator: Dhr. ir. R.T.W.L. Schneemann


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