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MUSI3019 Studio Techniques 2

Module Overview

Students will work on their own in the departmental recording studios and Music computing cluster on an individual project. Handouts and seminars are available where necessary, e.g. as new pieces of equipment or software are installed. Presentation skills are also developed.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

give you the opportunity to build upon your basic studio experience by working on a larger scale studio project. ? allow you to explore particular applications of studio technology in an area of your choice. ? encourage you to work independently within the context of studio technology.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Technical problems and solutions on chosen instrument as they relate to the ensemble.
  • Individual practice techniques.
  • Ensemble practice technique.
  • Stage presentation and audience communication.
  • Repertoire of chosen ensemble.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Ability to be self-critical musically and technically.
  • Ability to be critical of your ensemble members in a productive way.
  • Ability to organise your rehearsal time efficiently.
  • Ability to work and perform independently.
  • Ability to work and perform with others.
  • Ability to listen more intently and critically while you are playing.
  • Ability to listen more effectively to what others in your group are saying.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Greater musical control of your instrument (including dynamic range, colour range, shape and structure, and phrasing).
  • Greater technical control of your instrument (facility, pitch range, flexibility, tone control, muscular coordination).
  • More experience being on stage.
  • Greater awareness of how your instrument fits in to the ensemble and the various roles it can play (accompaniment vs. soloist).
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Ability to apply ensemble practice techniques to new repertoire.
  • Structure rehearsal sessions effectively.
  • Self-evaluate in practice and rehearsal to continue to improve.
  • Argue for or against a musical or stylistic approach to a piece in your repertoire in a professional manner.

Syllabus

You will devise a technical studio project (e.g. an in depth study of one aspect of the studio such as the Plug-In effects or soft-synthesizers) that will be illustrated through either individual sound/music examples or an extended recording of a musical work (or mixture of the two). The choice of project is up to you, but subject to approval by the module tutor. You will be required to devise a project plan, which you will then implement over the Semester with individual tutorial support. Submission is in the form of a written project report and an in-class presentation. This is NOT a music composition module: assessment will be only based on the demonstration of your control and application of studio technology and practices and your ability to plan, research and present the results of your work.

Special Features

Guided by tutorials, your independent study will develop your knowledge and understanding relevant to your chosen topic, which will be assessed in the form of the written report as weblog. Putting this information into practice, again with tutorial support and feedback will develop subject specific practical and intellectual skills as well as a range of key skills, to be assessed through the practical results of the project. Seminars and presentations will allow you to develop oral presentation and transferable ITC skills, which will be assessed in the final project presentation.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include ? Seminars and presentations ? Individual tutorials Learning activities include ? Preparing and delivering presentations ? Individual research (including on-line sources). ? Managing an independent project.

TypeHours
Tutorial8
Completion of assessment task92
Wider reading or practice40
Lecture2
Preparation for scheduled sessions8
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Bob Katz. Mastering audio: the art and the science.. 

David Miles. Hard disk recording for musicians: a practical guide to computer-based sound, music, and multimedia production. 

Francis Rumsey & Tim McCormick. Sound and recording: an introduction. 

John Watkinson. The art of digital audio. 

Howard Massey. Behind the glass: top record producers tell how they craft the hits. 

Richard Dobson. A dictionary of electronic and computer music technology: instruments, terms, techniques. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback ? Discussing project ideas and plan. ? Practice presentations ? Discussion of work progress in tutorials.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Listening 50%
Presentation  (8 minutes) 15%
Report  (3000 words) 35%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: MUSI2015 Studio Techniques 1 2016-17

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