Undergraduate Course: Music 1B: Instruments, Culture and Technology (MUSI08068)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Music, and ideas about music, are shaped by technology. Long before the invention of the electric guitar or the iPod, instrument-makers created new opportunities for composers and performers, and enterprising publishers popularised the first song books. Surveying the interaction between musical culture, instruments, and technologies from early times until the present day, you will learn how such influences affect the conventions and creative possibilities available to musicians and society. You will study instrument design and acoustics, and the social histories of music printing and sound recording, among other topics. You do not need to be able to read or write music notation to take this course.
This course explores the concept of music technology from acoustic, historical, material and cultural perspectives. It addresses a range of questions, asking first and foremost: what is a technology, when it comes to music? What, for that matter, is a musical instrument? How do the meanings of music technologies and instruments change in different historical and cultural contexts? What material and social relations do music technologies bring into play?
All of these considerations have an impact on what music is, how it is made, and how it is experienced. This course therefore provides a survey of the interaction between music, instruments, and technologies from early times until the present day.
The course is taught through two weekly lectures, and is supported by six small-group tutorial sessions. The first half of the course introduces you to the disciplines of acoustics and organology, considering in turn the case of stringed, wind and percussion instruments, and musical performance spaces. The second half of the course examines other practical and intellectual innovations which have influenced conceptions and realities of music-making in recent centuries, leading to a final session on cutting-edge, digital audio research.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Students prepare and present an A2 research poster on a given topic, the grade to be peer-moderated with WebPA. Students receive an individual grade which reflects the success and quality of the poster presentation (evaluated by course team), and their contribution to it (evaluated by their peers).
||1) All students will submit a poster presentation mid-way through the semester. Written feedback on this assignment will be provided within 15 working days of the hand-in date.
2) Students will receive oral feedback during fortnightly tutorials.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Music 1B: Instruments, Culture and Technology||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of technologies associated with musical instruments and performances spaces.
- Demonstrate awareness and understanding of the principal features of organology and acoustics research.
- Critically evaluate ideas and information relevant to the cultural study of music and technologies.
|Arnold Pacey. Meaning in Technology. The MIT Press. 1999.|
Martin Clayton, Trevor Herbert & Richard Middleton, Eds. (2003). The Cultural Study of Music: A Critical Introduction. London & New York: Routledge
Roederer, Juan. The Physics and Psychophysics of Music: An Introduction. 4th ed. New York: Springer, 2008.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||1. Independent and critical thinking.
2. Effective communication in group learning and visual presentation of ideas and information.
|Course organiser||Dr Nikki Moran
Tel: (0131 6)50 2423
|Course secretary||Miss Carrie Lyall
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422