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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 complements the recording and sound processing skills already introduced to students in Sound Recording and develops these with skills 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 Students will be given the given a list of apps that they may purchase (at their own costs) for use with their own IOS or Android smartphone in the practical sync sessions. Participation using smartphones is not mandatory but recommended.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  32
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 173 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A creative sound work consisting of processed samples of a length 2 minutes (20%).

A substantial creative sound work arranged and produced using techniques learnt in class of a length of 5 minutes and a supporting compositional diary of c.2,000 words (80%). The two final submissions will be weighted 70%/30% of the 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
Core texts:

Theberge, P. (1997), Any Sound You Can Imagine: Making Music/Consuming Technology, Wesleyan University Press
Manning, P. (2013), Electronic and Computer Music, Oxford University Press
Escrivan, J. (2011), Music Technology: Cambridge Introduction to Music, Cambridge University Press
Durant, Y. (2016), Spontaneous Composition for Screen: linear and non-linear improvisation for instruments and electronics, The New Soundtrack, Volume 6 Issue 2, Page 171-189, ISSN 2042-8855 Available Online:

Optional texts:

Dwyer, T (1971), Composing with tape recorders : musique concrète for beginners
Manzo, V.J. (2015), Foundations of music technology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
McGuire, S. and Pritts, R. (2007), Audio sampling : a practical guide
Ernst, D (1972), Musique concrète
Collins, N. (2009), Introduction to Computer Music, John Wiley and Sons
Roads, C. (2015), Composing Electronic Music, Oxford University Press

Listening list:

Pierre Henry: Variations for a Door and a Sigh (via YT)
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Kontakte (via Naxos Music Library)
Luigi Nono: La Fabbrica Illuminata (via Naxos Music Library)
Luciano Berio: Omaggio a Joyce (via YT)
Xenakis: Bohor 1 (via YT)
Guru: Jazzmatazz Vol. 1 (album, via YT)
Bonobo: Migration (album, via YT)
Rival Consoles (Ryan Lee West): Odyssey (single, via YT)
Mr. Backside: Tales from the Backside Vol. 1 (album, via Bandcamp)

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Lectures in weeks 1-5, 7-11, tutorials (TBA) in weeks 5 and 11 of 30 minutes each student (total of 1 hour)
KeywordsMusic Technology; Electroacoustic Composition; Recording; Sound Processing
Course organiserMr Yati Durant
Tel: (0131 6)50 2427
Course secretaryMiss Carrie Lyall
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422
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