MUSIC340-20A (HAM)

Creative Music Technology 3: Creative Project

15 Points

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Paper Description

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There are four components in the paper:

Aesthetics, history and critical evaluation. Guided research studies into selected aspects of the theory of electronic music and multimedia sound creation.

Technical studies. A practical implementation of some of the hardware and industry–standard software used to create musical compositions and sound design in a variety of genres, with a focus on computer technology.

Practical Studies. Completing practical tasks to develop skills with the emphasis on producing high quality and imaginative finished works.

Compositional Skills. Applying the research discoveries and evaluations from theory by embodying them in original compositions.

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Paper Structure

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As a level three course, learning in this paper requires a higher level of self-directed, research-focussed work by students.

The pedagogical approach in this paper tasks students with research reading and listening in specified areas, then applying this learning critically in your own creative projects.

The research topics cover selected important aspects of electronic music aesthetics, history, listening, production and composition. Technical and compositional issues will be approached in practical terms.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Aesthetics, History and Listening
    Demonstrate understanding of the history and aesthetics of the art form covered, and demonstrate engagement with material intellectually through self-directed research, written work, analysis and listening.
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  • Technical, Practical, Composition
    Demonstrate understanding of the technical means to create work, the skills to get high quality audio output, compositional craft in realising works, and aesthetic clarity/ideas in the idiom of each assignment specification.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. 1st Creative Work
9 Apr 2020
4:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. 2nd Creative Work
5 Jun 2020
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Max patches 1
30 Mar 2020
4:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Max patches 2
18 May 2020
4:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Theory Studies
1 May 2020
12:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Essay
29 May 2020
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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All these texts are available electronically. Access them through the Resources panel in Moodle.

** Manzo, V.J. Max/MSP/Jitter for Music. OUP 2011

** Emmerson, Simon and Denis Smalley 'Electro-acoustic music' in Grove Music Online

** Rothenberg, David and Marta Ulvaeus (eds.) The Book of Music and Nature. Wesleyan University Press 2001

• Schafer, R. Murray The Tuning of the World. Destiny Books (1977) 1994

In this paper you will use books and journal articles which are available electronically or in print from the University library. There will be no cost for accessing any of the required materials.

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Recommended Readings

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• Cook, Nicholas. Analysing Multimedia. Oxford 2013

* Cope, David. New Directions in Music (Seventh Edition).WCB 2002

• Chapman, N and Jenny Chapman. Digital Multimedia (3rd edition). Wiley 2013

• Kuhn, W. & Manzo, V. Interactive Composition: Strategies Using Ableton Live and Max of Live. OUP 2015

• Lilburn, Douglas. A Search for Tradition and A Search for a Language. Lilburn Trust 2011

• Vella, Richard. Musical Environments: A Manual for Listening, Improvising and Composing. Currency 2000

• Wishart, Trevor. On Sonic Art (revised edition). Routledge1996

• Winkler, T. Composing Interactive Music. MIT Press 2001

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Other Resources

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Highly recommended software MAX7 One year student from Cycling 74.

Useful journals held by the University Library

Contemporary Music Review

Electronic Musician

The Computer Music Journal

Organised Sound


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Online Support

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A Moodle site is available with all materials associated with the course, and submission portal.

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The workload is indicated in the laboratory hours, lecture schedule and assignments set.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite papers: MUSIC240 or MUSI240




Restricted papers: MUSI340

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