MusM Composition (Electroacoustic Music and Interactive Media) / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Fixed Media and Interactive Music
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This course unit involves creative music composition with a focus on a ‘fixed media’ outcome and varied methods including live interactive processes for creating or organising sound materials. The student will develop experimental composition techniques involving the use of music technologies and professional skills appropriate to her/his own creative needs through regular exercises, experimental sketches and pieces, not necessarily complete in themselves.
Weekly lectures combine the discussion of composition techniques with the use of technology, with a focus on the case study (e.g. time, space, data sonification and other experimental methodologies) with practice-led exercises to probe creative concepts. Problem solving and discussion of repertoire and compositional examples are employed to contextualise the former. Compositional methodologies are observed, from the use of sound sources to editing, cleaning and classifying them according to typo- morphological criteria. Sound transformation strategies and techniques for organising sound are the core of the discussion. The intention is that the compositions are performed under the new formats allowed for the MANTIS Festival, Sines & Squares and other performative opportunities provided.
- To research and acquire skills in the use of computer systems, software and other equipment to increase knowledge and a systematic understanding of tape music, live electronic music and computer music and to create musical compositions employing computer music technologies.
- To compose idiomatically for fixed media employing experimental processes, using technology transparently so that the music or creative idea is heard rather than the processes involved in its creation.
- To develop awareness of professional protocols and to research the use of computer software for electro-acoustic-related tasks such as sound analysis, transformation and synthesis, mixing and composition, hardware hacking, sound recording, editing and real-time processing.
Knowledge and understanding
- Understand the technologies and tools necessary for working in fixed media using experimental tools
- Merge knowledge and aesthetic awareness into the compositional process, given a thematic restriction or compositional enquiry
- Demonstrate an awareness of technologies required for composition in fixed media and live interactive methodologies
- Demonstrate critical thinking in the use of complex creative technologies ¿
- Develop an advanced, creative and specialised response to a topic in the context of ¿electroacoustic music ¿
- Plan, implement, evaluate and reflect critically on the creative progress
- Synthesise compositional and technical knowledge to optimise the resources and time during the creative pr
- Research and explore repertoire, creative and academic research and new techniques in electroacoustic music
- Develop skills to present and defend work in progress in the context of a small-group presentation in class, under blended forms of representation (virtual or physical)
- Construct critical technical knowledge of software techniques and sound transformation methodologies
- Demonstrate enhanced skill in using technology to achieve meaning and expression through ¿sound ¿
- Engage with a variety of musical languages and aesthetics in computer music and related studies
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Collaborate in problem-solving situations dealing both with technology and creative issues ¿
- Understand the meaning of creative originality through the method
- Demonstrate organisational and management skills in making use of music technology resources, time and access
- Demonstrate attention to detail at professional standards through the compositional methods and editing
- Demonstrate the development of critical judgment over music materials through listening
- Present work in progress in oral presentations (either physical or virtual)
- Respond positively to self-criticism and to the criticism of others while maintaining confidence in one’s own work
- Work independently and perfectioning methods to work in isolation (ensuring continued individuality, building upon established technique, continuing research)
- Analytical skills
- ¿ Team work under any given circumstances
- ¿ Initiative, uniqueness and inventiveness (in the process and outcomes) ¿ Creative problem-solving attitude
- ¿ Interpersonal and Leadership skills and roles within a group
- Project management
- ¿ Time management and organisational skills
- ¿ Editing, transforming and mastering (when preparing fixed media outcomes) ¿ ¿ Working to deadlines (tasks and projects)
Formative or Summative
Written feedback on submitted work
Verbal feedback on work-in-progress
Additional one-to-one feedback (during consultation hour or by making an appointment)
Provided as a full separate list including reading and listening, for all electroacoustic courses. A few samples below:
- Living Electronic Music, Simon Emmerson, 2007.
- Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science, Bob Katz, 2007.
- Composing Electronic Music: A New Aesthetic, Curtis Roads, 2015.
- On Sonic Art, Trevor Wishart, 1996.
- Audible Design, Trevor Wishart, 1994.
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|Ricardo Climent||Unit coordinator|