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MUSI2094 Introduction to Music Technology

Module Overview

This module discusses the fundamentals of Music technology– analogue and digital audio, MIDI, system components (sequencers, digital audio workstations, synthesizers, samplers, processors, etc); chronological review of electronic music and audio technology; practical MIDI sequencing.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Enable students to gain an understanding of the history and development of electronic Music Technology, from its earliest origins through to today. ? Introduce students to standard music and audio protocols such as MIDI, .WAV, mp3, etc. ? Introduce students to computer-based music composition and editing systems.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • History and development of electronic Music Technology
  • The purpose and functions of a range of electronic audio and music devices
  • The practical applications of professional composition software using basic functions.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use computing and IT resources as relevant to the domain
  • Work independently and demonstrate critical self-awareness
  • Carry out research into a given topic and present results effectively
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use a range of techniques to enter musical data into software
  • Deploy a range of editing techniques to manipulate musical data on computer
  • Export music information in a range of data formats.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe major developments in Music Technology
  • Make connections between changes in technology and changes in music composition/production
  • Explain the organization and applications of MIDI.

Syllabus

The module introduces music technology fundamentals – analogue and digital audio, MIDI, system components (sequencers, digital audio workstations, synthesizers, samplers, processors, etc); chronological review of electronic music and audio technology; practical MIDI sequencing.

Special Features

Lectures will develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles and development timeline of electronic Music Technology, backed up by your independent studies and assessed through an illustrated essay and class test. Demonstrations and practical tasks will develop your practical IT and Music IT skills assessed via submitted coursework. Tutorials will provide support for both practical and essay work.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include ? Lectures ? Demonstrations ? Small group tutorials. Learning activities include ? Independent study/research ? Practical work using Music software

TypeHours
Follow-up work10
Completion of assessment task40
Revision20
Preparation for scheduled sessions16
Wider reading or practice40
Supervised time in studio/workshop2
Lecture18
Practical classes and workshops4
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Francis Rumsey. Sound and recording : an introduction. 

Computer Music. Music magazine

Martin Russ. Sound synthesis and sampling. 

Mix. Music magazine

Sound on Sound. Music magazine

John M Eargle. Music, sound, and technology. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback ? Practical sequencing assignments ? Practice research assignments

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 40%
Essay  (2000 words) 40%
Examination  (90 minutes) 20%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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