Music, Sound and Technology

Creativity Made Audible


Let's begin with a question: how important is sound? We tend to have a bias towards our visual senses. The result of this is that sound receives little attention. This is a mistake. Around the world, a not so silent revolution is taking place. Each day, more than one billion pairs of headphones are in use. That's one billion people hooked into a private listening environment. Most of them connected to the Internet through their mobile device accessing a global catalogue of creations.

On the Music, Sound and Technology (MST) programme, we believe that audio is the ultimate cultural medium. An information-rich environment including music, speech and sound. Our brains work by association. It is little surprise then that sound is integral to many social and technological contexts. Consider the case for music alone: For many people, it is enjoyed as a standalone experience. Yet, when attached to other media (film, game, software application, AR/VR), music becomes especially powerful.

In parallel, creative exploration is the motivation for everything we do. Hence our motto: creativity made audible. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and space to explore the future of music and sound. Not only how to create and manipulate audio, but also how to produce an overall user experience that is both relevant and powerful.

For further information please see our current prospectus.


Welcome to the Music, Sound and Technology programme at Ulster University.

In the three short videos below we present the key characteristics and goals of the programme. In short, what we do, how we do it, and why.

Each video is presented by a member of the course team, so you also get an opportunity to hear directly from the people that you'll be working with.

It is probably best to view the videos is sequence, starting with 1. and ending with 3. However, don't feel you have to view all three at once. Take your time...

Finally, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the team.

1. Introducing Music, Sound and Technology - Greg O'Hanlon, Course Director