Postgraduate Course: Principles of Composition for Screen (MUSI11058)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will provide techniques and experience necessary for projects related to film/TV and media music through group lectures and individual tutorials. Group lectures will focus on analysis and deeper investigation into the technique of composers and of particular problems in composition for screen. All musical styles are endorsed and cultivated, especially those that include both electronic and acoustic styles simultaneously. Students with experience in sound design are also encouraged.
Aims of the Course
This supervised course in composition for the screen further develops your portfolio of compositions in areas of composition and/or sound design technique. It aims:
To improve your experience in composition for standard and unusual instrumentations, including the use of electronics
To encourage experimentation of form and style in preparation for the demands of compositional work for screen
To help you to learn to work together to refine your techniques for composing to screen while working in both collaborative and independent environments.
The lectures will be based around techniques and theory used in composing for screen genres. Students will investigate composers and their techniques from the origin of film music (roughly 1900) through the current age. Composers looked at will include, but not exclusively:
The tutorials support individual creative activity in music composition in composition for screen projects. They will be guided by individual aesthetic choices, as well as project based concerns. Key components addressed include:
1. creative vision
2. appropriateness, technique and association with screen content
3. production quality, professional organisation and process related to the realisation of creative vision in a project
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Experience with computer music and composition, including DAW software and related, notation for instruments experience, elementary knowledge of screen music genre and history
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Develop new skills in composition for screen, including production and managing sophisticated musical projects.
- Engage with new techniques and compositional aesthetics associated with media composition.
- Improve collaborative skills when working on a film project with others, while producing a work of high quality.
|Rona, Jeff. 2009. The Reel World. Hal Leonard Books.|
Prendergast, Roy M. 1992. Film Music: A Neglected Art. Norton, New York.
Eisler, Hanns and Adorno, Theodor. 2007. Composing for the Films. Continuum, London.
Thomas, Tony. 1997. Music for the Movies, Silman-James Press
Wright, Karlin. On the Track, Routledge
Chion, Michel. 2009. Film, A Sound Art, Columbia University Press
Morricone, Ennio. Miceli, Sergio. Composing for the Cinema, The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Historical and technical knowledge of Screen Music
Creative problem solving
Notation, compositional and production awareness
Communication and collaboration when working in a team
Organisational skills in dealing with multiple musical mediums
Ability to see a project through
|Keywords||MUSIC,Composition for Screen
|Course organiser||Dr Thomas Butler
|Course secretary||Miss Laura Varga
Tel: (0131 6)50 2430