Module code: CMT1003

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

THOMPSON B Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ONLINE TEST (40-60 MINS) 30

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

CMT1002 (Creative Music with Computers 1A) is a pre-requisite for this module

Module overview

This module introduces you to contemporary computer-based compositional repertoire and develops individual compositional practice.

Module aims

Introduce you to the aesthetical, technical and stylistic basis of a range of contemporary computer-based compositional practice.

Provide you with a basis for developing individual compositional practice.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Understand the aesthetical, technical and stylistic basis of a range of contemporary computer based compositional repertoire. KCP
2 Compositionally duplicate the key characteristics of a range of contemporary computer based musical styles KP
3 Understanding the relationship between theory and practice in creative practice. KC
4 Conceptualise, develop and realise individual compositional work. KCP
5 Sustain an effective studio practice regime. PT
6 Use and access a range of learning resources (including IT) and know how to plan work to meet deadlines PT
7 Adopt a professional approach to your musical activities whether working individually or with others. PT
8 Apply given tools and methods accurately and carefully to a well-defined problem and begin to appreciate the complexity of issues in the subject. CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The following is an indication of the likely topics to be covered:

•  The aesthetical, technical, and stylistic basis of a range of contemporary computer- based compositional repertoire (e.g. noise, glitch, ambient, plunderphonics, live electronics, turntablism).

•  Detailed study of artist case studies exploring the theory/practice dynamic (e.g. Brian Eno, Matthew Herbert, Holly Herndon).

•  How to develop individual compositional practice (e.g. artistic intent, contextual awareness, studio methodology, nature of creative process, research and development of ideas).

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:  

Introduce contemporary computer based compositional repertoire and develop individual compositional practice

The learning and teaching methods include:




Guided reading and listening.

Responding to questions in class.

Preparing for and taking part in class tests.

Producing a portfolio of composition tasks.

Producing a portfolio of individual compositional work and accompanying commentary. 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate ability in artistic and musical creativity and contextual knowledge.   

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

A compositional portfolio of discrete compositional briefs and one main independent composition

A reflective journal  

An online test  

The portfolio typically contains 6 compositional briefs, 1 main compositional piece, and the journal, one entry reflecting on the cultural, historical and stylistic basis of the main composition.  

The online test is 40 – 60 minutes in length and covers contextual issues related to aesthetics and cultural historical contextual themes.   

Formative assessment and feedback  

The portfolio is worked on throughout the semester and is supported in terms of formative assessment and written feedback through individual tutorials, email, and online discussion forums to discuss and explore technical, creative issues, and work in progress.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Creative Music Technology BMus (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.