Why study sonic arts?

Sonic arts is a fairly new field so it has a lot of potential for development and providing opportunities for those who want to pursue it as a hobby or profession.

With the upcoming re-release of the AdelaideX Music Technology Fundamentals online course, we chatted to Christian Haines, an Electronic Music Lecturer at the University of Adelaide. He spoke about benefits of studying sonic arts, and why it is valuable for those with a classical music background.

Q: What value can study in sonic arts and music technology bring to someone with a classical music background? 

Christian Haines:

There are many ways a person with a classical music background could benefit from studies in the sonic arts. A few ones that come to mind is a better understanding of their instrument’s sound and why it sounds the way it does; the opportunity to learn how to record it and use that either to documentation or distribute their work professionally; and exploration of other ways their instrument could be used in performance, for example to triggering other instruments or processing it’s sound to change the timbre, to name but a few.


Why do you believe music technology and sonic arts should be a fundamental part of high school music curriculum? 

Christian Haines:

Learning music technology and sonic arts in high school is important as it provides students with insights into new creative avenues, and obviously other career paths. It is broadly a fairly new field so has a lot of potential for development and providing opportunities for those who want to pursue it as a hobby or profession. Importantly, one of things I see for those who come from a more traditional music background, such as piano, violin, guitar etc, is that having knowledge and being able to work in areas different to your own can be creatively and intellectually rewarding, and has huge career opportunities. For example, one of my students was a classical flutist and ended up doing a PhD in music and machine learning.


Want to hear more from Christian Haines?

Screen Shot 2018-01-22 at 9.52.47 amChristian is part of the free Music Technology Foundations online course. This 6 week self-paced course will teach learners how to use creative technologies to make their own music and get a step closer to a career in music.

This course opens on the 15th February 2018.

Find out more here.



About Christian Haines

christian.hainesChristian Haines is a composer, improviser and practitioner working with sound and technology. His work examines the area of mobile sound and music, web technologies, probability, chaos and procedural generation through custom software applications and processes. Christian lectures in electronic music, sound design, sonic arts and music technology at the University of Adelaide, where he co-directs the Electronic Music Unit at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Technology Sydney. His work has been played and presented at national and international events including ElectroFringe, Adelaide International Festival of Arts, Festival of Australian Music and the Adelaide Fringe.


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