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MUS1025 : Digital Composition: Sampling & Sequencing (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


• To provide first year students with the necessary foundational knowledge, skills, insight and understanding of digital compositional technologies, primarily sequencing and sampling using specific software packages.

• To provide a good historical and cultural context and understanding of how these technologies have shaped music culture during the past 30 years.

• To provide students with the foundational skills to think and create imaginatively within (and beyond) current and past stylistic paradigms.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module comprises 8 plenary lectures, 2 seminar weeks plus 10 small group tutorial sessions in the studio.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery101:0010:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1162:00162:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lecture series will provide students with a broad awareness of how contemporary technologies function, how their emergence and evolution changed how people make music, and how they relate to their historical and cultural contexts. This knowledge provides students with a realistic platform form which to negotiate the technical challenges inherent in the practical work on which they are assessed.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1A100Digital compositions realised according to project assignment briefs
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The portfolio of digital compositions will demonstrate the student’s critical and practical understanding of music made using digital software. At this stage in the development of a student’s technical facility, a high level of originality is not expected, although teaching and assessment of the module will foreground the necessity for experimentation and a willingness to establish one’s own parameters, ‘rules,’ even. These factors will be assessed in relation to the student’s technical facility which, at this stage, is paramount.

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