CREATING MUSIC WITH COMPUTERS 2A - 2017/8

Module code: CMT2002

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

THOMPSON B Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 5

JACs code

W390

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COMPOSITION ASSIGNMENT 40
Coursework PRACTICAL AND COMPOSITION ASSIGNMENT 60

Alternative Assessment

None

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

CMT1003 (Creative Music with Computers 1B) is a pre-requisite for this module

Module overview

This module builds on your understanding of creative practice, synthesis and sampling, and production skills acquired at Level 4 to enable you to develop your practice in more engaging and technically challenging ways.

Module aims

Further enrich your knowledge of a range of creative practices from which you can draw inspiration

 Expand your sonic palette by foregrounding timbre, texture, space and silence as primary compositional elements

Explore non-idiomatic composition

 Provide you with the technical and creative skills to work with modular synthesis

Support you in applying skills of synthesis and sampling in ways that develop and enhance your creative practice

Develop production skills

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate a wider knowledge of contemporary approaches to computer-based compositional practice. KC
Understand the challenges of composing non-idomatic music and demonstrate a repertoire of bespoke solutions for further development. KCPT
Understand the basic principles of synthesis and use (virtual) modular synthesis for composition. KP
Effectively exploit and apply production skills in computer-based creative practice. KPT
Establish a meaningfully productive relationship between technical skill and creative practice. KP

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:


Principles of non-idiomatic computer based composition
The use of texture, timbre, time and space as primary compositional elements
A review of a range of contemporary practitioners, reflecting upon their aesthetic, technical, and create approaches to music making
A study of synthesis in general and modular synthesis in particular, including historic, technical and creative aspects
An further exploration of production techniques for computer based composition

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to create a series of lectures and workshops covering technical aesthetic and and creative skills to advance students compositional knowledge and abilities.

The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures
Workshops
Guided reading
Group discussions and peer feedback
Supporting videos on SurreyLearn and other sources

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate creative and technical skills.  

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


A non-idiomatic composition and commentary (LO 1, 2, 4, 5)
A modular synthesis composition and commentary (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)


Formative assessment and feedback 

Students work on weekly compositional and technical tasks, elements of which may be used as part of their summative assessment.  These are shared in class and will receive verbal feedback as well as written feedback through individual tutorials, email, and online discussion forums. Tutorials (individual and group) will be offered both for general guidance and for assessments.

Reading list

Reading list for CREATING MUSIC WITH COMPUTERS 2A : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/cmt2002

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Creative Music Technology Bmus (Hons) 1 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.