BA Music and Drama / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
Interactive Media Composition Environments
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
A course embracing several forms of digital media, with an emphasis on music and sound for the construction of structured environments in Human-Computer interaction. It provides a framework for the creation, discussion and evaluation of interactive processes using real-time computer technology in sonic-centric scenarios. These may include various areas of interactive music and media composition, such as:
- acoustic instruments and live electronics
- game-audio and procedural audio with physic-graphics-sound engines
The course provides ground knowledge and critical thinking in digital-human interactivity, which can be extended toward the discussion of other emerging technologies; e.g. interactive cinematography, interactive television, screencasting, computer-to-computer interactivity and musical interfaces.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Sonic Invention A||MUSC10311||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
|Sonic Invention B||MUSC10312||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
- To facilitate critical understanding of non-linear thinking for structuring the flow of information in interactive systems with a focus on the aural.
- To enable students to develop the necessary skills required for constructing audio in media environments to structure, present and share interactive digital compositions and other creative outcomes.
- To create software-based environments for interactive sonic creativity with human interface devices and computers.
FIXED MEDIA COMPONENT
Week 1: [50 min. lecture]
Course-unit aims and objectives, course structure, studio procedures and computer systems, sound resources. Fixed media composition techniques. Pro-Tools, bottom-up methodologies, working with timbre, mixing and shaping sound material, repertoire study.
Week 2:[50 min lecture + 50 min. workshop]
Fixed media composition techniques: timbre and time. Filters. Real-time plug-ins in Pro-Tools, technical criteria, repertoire study
Week 3: [50 min lecture + 50 min. workshop]
Fixed media composition techniques. Real-time plug-ins in Pro-Tools, repertoire study
Week 4: [50 min lecture + 50 min. workshop]
Electroacoustic Composition issues: space
Week 5: [50 min lecture + 50 min. workshop]
Electroacoustic Composition issues review. Technical criteria, finalising and Audio-CD making review.
Week 6 Reading Week
Work on completing non-assessed Fixed Media task
LIVE & INTERACTIVE COMPONENT
Week 7: [50 min lecture + 50 min. workshop]
Introduction. Live and Interactive techniques – Max midi and control versus DSP/MSP signal processing [Discussion of Final Assignment]
Week 8: [50 min lecture + 50 min. workshop]
Live and Interactive techniques – Max midi and control (focus) + DSP intro
Week 9: [50 min lecture + 50 min. workshop]
Live and Interactive techniques – Digital Signal Processing – DSP, an introduction.
Week 10: [50 min lecture + 50 min. workshop
Means of Interaction I
Workshop PART ONE - for instrument/s & Live Electronics
Week 11: [50 min lecture + 50 min. workshop]
Means of Interaction II
Workshop PART TWO - for instrument/s & Live Electronics
Teaching and learning methods
- 1h x 11-week lectures
- 1h x 9-weeks seminars
- 1 x 2hr project support
- 2 x 1hr Interactive Music workshops
- MANTIS festival attendance
Electroacoustic Festivals (MANTIS, Sines & Squares) – Last weekend of October
These festivals are specifically designed for the electroacoustic courses in the syllabus
Knowledge and understanding
- Demonstrate enhanced skills in live sound rendering and real-time processing in the construction of interactive systems.
- Merge knowledge and aesthetic awareness into the creative process, while developing an original approach to sound and interactivity
- Demonstrate an awareness of the relevance of responsive and procedural sound in media technologies
- Demonstrate critical thinking and awareness of existing technologies in dynamic media, their body of works, knowledge and future directions
- Develop an advanced, creative and specialised response to a topic in the context of Interactive Media Systems
- Demonstrate the ability to envision, design and manipulate audiomedia content for dynamic and responsive media
- Apply a technical knowledge of software techniques and sound organisation in the construction of interactive environments with a focus on the sonic element
- Demonstrate enhanced skill in using technology to achieve meaning and expression through interactive tools and non-linear thinking
- Prepare and deliver a presentation through coursework as a formative experience toward completing the project outcomes
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Collaborate with other students in problem-solving dealing both with technology and creative issues
- Demonstrate organisational and management skills in making use of studio time and access, booking musicians and equipment if needed, arranging rehearsals, working with technology and preparing sound materials or sound algorithms for the final works
- Demonstrate attention to detail through the creative methods and the crafting and editing of dynamic sound, preparing and documenting the outcome to professional standards
- Demonstrate the development of dialogue through teaching and workshops, whilst developing communicative abilities and to share and review specific points of view and structured strategies during the creative process
- Analytical skills
- surveying repertoire, analysing materials, tools and methods for musical expression
- Group/team working
- during workshops
- in the creation of original sonic material and in system design
- Interpersonal and Leadership skills and roles within a group (especially in collaborative workshop tasks)
- Problem solving
- Creative problem-solving across media
- Working to deadlines (tasks and projects) Software programming and hardware awareness Time management and organisational skills (scheduling studio access and navigating eLearning content) Editing, transforming and mastering (when preparing project documentation)
Weighting within unit
Assignment – Project one including live interactive music
Create a software-based environment using live sound processing modules
Assignment – Project two
Create a software-based environment using live sound processing modules (typically game-audio project or an extension of project one)
- Oral feedback on group presentation
- Written feedback on final project
- Additional one-to-one feedback (during consultation hour or by making an appointment)
Computer Music Journal¿
Books and eBooks:
Rowe, Robert, Machine Musicianship (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 2001).
Rowe, Robert, Interactive Music Systems: Machine Listening and Composing (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 1993).
Wanderley, Marcelo M. and Marc Battier (eds.) Trends in Gestural Control of Music (Paris: IRCAM, 2000), Interactive CDROM.
Wishart, Trevor, On Sonic Art, ed. Simon Emmerson (Amsterdam: Harwood, 1996).
Manning, Peter, Electronic and Computer Music (New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).
Roads, Curtis (ed.), The Computer Music Tutorial (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 1996).
Collins, Karen, Game sound: an introduction to the history, theory, and practice of video game music and sound design. Published Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press 2008
Truby, John. The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller. Publisher Faber & Faber, 2010
Thompson, Jim; The computer game design course: principles, practices and techniques for the aspiring game designer. Published London : Thames & Hudson 2007
Marks, Aaron; The complete guide to game audio: for composers, musicians, sound designers, and game developers. Published Burlington, MA ; Oxford : Focal Press/Elsevier 2009
Interactive storytelling for video games: a player-centered approach to creating memorable characters and stories
Lebowitz, Josiah; Klug, Chris- Interactive storytelling for video games: a player-centered approach to creating memorable characters and stories
Emmerson, Simon, The Language of Electroacoustic Music¿(London: Macmillan, 1986).
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|Practical classes & workshops||2|
|Independent study hours|
|Ricardo Climent||Unit coordinator|