Module Catalogue 2020/21

MUS2086 : Experimental Approaches to Music Composition

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Bennett Hogg
  • Lecturer: Dr Mariam Rezaei
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

To explore creative ways of making music/sound art through practical engagement with a range of methods and approaches selected from a plurality of repertoires.

To facilitate understanding of recent trends in contemporary and experimental musics.
To encourage and develop individual creativity.

To promote active engagement with a variety of recent creative approaches and styles.

To lay the foundations for further study in experimental musics.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will help you engage with a range of current techniques of music making, and will combining theoretical understanding with practical application and an appreciation of contemporary repertoire from a range of more-or-less experimental approaches. Each lecture will introduce an approach, leading in to a practical assignment that will be developed in subsequent seminars/workshops. Where possible completed assignments will be realised by the students themselves, either alone or working collaboartively in small groups. The use of Sibelius software may be required for some aspects of the module, as may DAWs and/or live electronic programmes such as Max/MSP or P-d.

The approach will be broadly-speaking "experimental", though in the present day situation of music making this covers a very wide range of styles.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1. An understanding of different contemporary approaches to making new music
2. An appreciation of and understanding of the creative processes involved in a range of contemporary music and/or sound art practices
3. An awareness of the artistic, performative, and technological resources available to the contemporary composer/sound artist

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. Confidence in realising creative solutions to a range of different compositional and/or artistic challenges
2. An ability to work independently, through imitation and experimentation to realise individual projects
3. An ability to negotiate the creative complexities of collaborative work, within music/sound art or in collaboration with artists from other disciplines
4. An ability to critically evaluate, reflect upon, and take steps towards progessing as a creative artist in music or sound art
5. Appropriate deployment of technological means, where necessary, to successfully realise a creative project. This may include use of DAWS, Sibelius notation software, live electronics environmnets such as Max/MSP, Ableton Love, or P-d.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials48:0032:00introduces and sets projects (online asynchronous)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching162:0032:00student led work on group projects (online synchronous/asynchronous/PiP depending on circs)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops121:0012:00supervised workshops. Online synchronous or PiP depending on circumstances
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1124:00124:00individual composition, portfolio preparation, written commentaries, etc.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will introduce projects, give basic starting skills, and outline conceptual and technical considerations.

Workshops provide supervised practical sessions, usually but not exclusively in small groups, supporting students experimentation and providing on-the-spot guidance. These may be delivered online synchronous, online asynchronous, or PiP depending on circumstances.

Student-led small group sessions afford experience in unsupervised collaboration, and also peer evaluation
independent study allows for indiviudal compositional projects, as well as preparation of assessed materials and scholarly research where relevant

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1A50to include written commentary and documentation of work undertaken as appropriate to each project
Portfolio2A50to include written commentary and documentation of work undertaken as appropriate to each project
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The two portfolios evidence completed work undertaken. Materials may include written scores, audio or video recordings of performances, or other suitable documentation to be agreed with module leader as projects develop.

Written aspects of the portfolio will be determined according to the nature of the different projects undertaken, and will evidence conceptual understanding, technical realisation (where appropriate) and contextual knowledge of repertoires associated with each project.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.