Current courses

Shaping Sound

Teaching Institution: mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Faculty: Alex Hofmann, PhD
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Study levels: Undergraduate, Postgraduate
Credit Size: 2 ECTS
Delivery period: Spring 2024
Maximum number of students: 25


Alex Hofmann introduces Shaping Sound

Shaping Sound


Based on the acoustic foundations, this course provides a methodology and hands-on experiments in sound design for a variety of musical applications, using both physical and digital tools. The course is intended for instrumentalists and composers, but can also be attended by students from other fields.

Having access to a computer, to install and work with Open Source Software (Audacity, Csound, SuperCollider), is a requirement.


By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Design and create sounds for a variety of musical applications
  • Plan, implement and write about sound design experiments
  • Use open source software to record, synthesize and process sound signals