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Undergraduate Course: Creative Music Technology (MUSI08057)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryCreative Music Technology takes the recording and sound processing skills already introduced to students in Sound Recording and develops these further, within a studio context, to creative ends.
Course description In this course, new concepts in sound and music creation will be introduced to encourage independent and innovative usage of music technology in compositions. Utilising both analogue and digital methods, students will learn from bi-weekly lectures featuring demonstrations and theory of new electronic musical instrument integration methods, ways of integrating traditional instruments and sampling. These will include the use of laptops, as well as hardware instruments. Tutorials will help develop these methods and prepare students for their practical works and report.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Sound Recording (MUSI08054)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Recording and Backup media
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  10
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One piece of coursework (20%); One piece of creative sound work on fixed medium, minimum length 5 minutes, and a supporting report of c.2,000 words (80%)
Feedback Feedback is given through submission of the coursework during the semester. Feedback is also given through tutorials and group presentation of works-in-progress during the lectures.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will further develop their listening skills.
  2. Students will be able to make sound recordings in a studio setting and use such material in a creative way.
  3. Students will gain an understanding of a number of key sound processing techniques (using PD), and be able to develop and use such techniques within the studio.
  4. Students will be able to mix together and balance several layers of disparate sonic material using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).
  5. Students will gain a basic understanding of electroacoustic composition techniques.
Reading List
Bartlett, Bruce and Jenny Bartlett. Practical Recording Techniques. Fourth Edition. Boston: Focal Press (2005) [TK 7881.6 Bar.]
Rumsey, Francis. Spatial Audio. Oxford: Focal Press (2001) [TK7881.8 Rum.]
Rumsey, Francis and Tim McCormick. Sound and Recording: An Introduction. Fifth Edition. Oxford: Focal Press (2006) [TK 7881.4 Rum]
Puckette, Miller S. The theory and technique of electronic music. London: World Scientific (2007) [ML1380 Puc.]
Additional Information
Course URL
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information A combination of practical sessions and seminars held in the Electroacoustic Music Studios.
KeywordsMusic Technology; Electroacoustic Composition; Recording; Sound Processing
Course organiserMr Yati Durant
Tel: (0131 6)50 2427
Course secretaryMrs Noureen Ehsan
Tel: (0131 6)50 4885
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