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Postgraduate Course: Non Real-Time Systems (MUSI11019)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaMusic Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionFlexibility and the ability to combine various approaches, integrating the
results of one system into another environment is the key to creative and
constantly developing work in this field. Experience in real-time audio
programming in Max/MSP is thus compared and contrasted here with non-real time systems, in particular concentrating on the benefits of such and where, and when to apply these non real-time techniques.

As well as gaining experience programming in these environments (which may include Common Lisp Music, Common Music, Common Music Notation,
Supercollider, CMusic, CSound, CMix etc.) students will be exposed to
general-purpose, text-based programming paradigms and their use in generating compositional structure. This experience of algorithmic composition may then be combined with synthesis/signal processing or in the generation of musical scores. The whole is aimed at enriching the composer's compositional palette, enabling them to assess different approaches and thus choose appropriate tools for future projects.

Seminars will develop the contextual and aesthetic background to computer music and take the form of discussion of set reading and listening.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Blank CDs, tapes as required
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralLecture1-11 11:10 - 13:00
First Class First class information not currently available
Additional information 2 hour(s) per week for 5 week(s). Weeks 2,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 only
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
* An understanding and appreciation of the advantages of non real-time
systems and when to use them instead of real-time environments
* An ability to contrast and compare computer music-making environments
* A practical understanding of computer programming paradigms and their
relation to and potential generation of compositional structure
* An enriched compositional palette
* Insight into the history, theory, repertoire, and aesthetics of computer music.
Assessment Information
Two projects will be submitted, worth 30% and 50% respectively. Collaboration is not permitted on either project. 15% is allotted to attendance and participation in seminars.

Project 1 (30%): A synthesis and/or signal processing assignment will be
completed in a non-real time music programming environment. The
result will be the generation of a short piece of music in the form of a sound file.

Project 2 (50%): A short algorithmic composition project of the student's own choosing should be realised using the computer music system presented. The project should be distinct from and clearly more ambitious and substantial than Project 1. The result may be an installation, score, sound file, CD, or interactive computer environment. The project must be agreed in advance with the course organiser.

Both projects should be accompanied by a short (c. 1000 word) report detailing the project goals; the methods used to realise these goals; any problems or interesting points encountered along the way (with their solutions/incorporation); an appraisal/critique of the project; and suggestions as to how, with hindsight, the project may be been improved and how it could be developed in the future. The report should be written in formal academic language, using clearly defined sections; it should correctly reference articles and musical works to the subject matter and include a full bibliography. A CDROM containing the patches/programmes/sounds used, as well as a recording of the project, should also be submitted in both cases.

Assessment will be based on the student's proficiency, as displayed in their submissions, in what is assumed will be various new working environments. The ability to quickly assimilate new and challenging techniques may not result in comprehensive new works at this stage but nevertheless substantial competence and a grasp of the potential of these techniques is expected to be displayed. The musical success of the projects, as well as the degree of individual progress made, will be taken into consideration for assessment.
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Course organiserDr Michael Edwards
Tel: (0131 6)50 2431
Course secretaryMs Karen Bradley
Tel: 0131 221 6085
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