2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
MUSS1610 Introduction to Electronic Music
10 creditsClass Size: 12
Module manager: Dr Ewan Stefani
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2020/21
Module replacesMUSS1611 Introduction to Electronic Music Production and Creation
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThe module introduces students to various practical and theoretical approaches to creating electronic music, following threads of key historical, technical and social developments. Practical tasks and contextual understanding underpin learning.Prior experience of working with a DAW is useful for this module, which explores practical techniques building upon students’ existing understanding of this sort of software.Please note, this module focuses on electronic music and offers a creative and critical introduction to the creation of electronic music. It is NOT, however, a DAW-based popular music production or song-writing module.
ObjectivesThis module is deigned to introduce students to technical, historical, and creative practices in electronic music. These aspects of the discipline are underpinned by practical creation and skills development, and students are supported to reflect upon their practice through these lenses.
1. Demonstrate a practical understanding of key technological developments and skills in electronic music.
2. Demonstrate awareness of contemporary issues in relation to technology and practice in electronic music (e.g. social, cultural, critical, historical) by addressing these through practical work.
3. Reflect on how practical work is guided by both practical- and literature-based research.
Sessions offer a practical and theoretical approach to a range of topics that are central to contemporary and experimental electronic music creation. Indicative topics include technological developments in key technologies of electronic music. Examples of such technology may include digital audio workstations (DAWs), digital / analogue instruments and other hardware or software used in the creation of electronic music. The module also aims to promote awareness of a range of historical and contemporary issues in relation to technology and practice in electronic music (e.g. social, cultural, critical, historical).
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Class tests, exams and assessment||2||2.50||5.00|
|Private study hours||86.00|
|Total Contact hours||14.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyResearching, developing and applying the practical and theoretical skills covered in classes (i.e. through experimentation): 4 hours per week x 10 weeks (40 hours total).
Research, including reading a range of critical, theoretical and technical sources as indicated by the reading list: 2 hours per week x 10 weeks (20 hours total)
Critical listening to existing work: 1.5 hours per week x 10 weeks (15 hours total)
Preparation for assessment: 11 hours
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents complete regular exercises [LO 1] during and between sessions and are given formative feedback by tutors in class. Group-listening and discussions [LO 2, 3] also allow for peer and self-directed feedback.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Presentation||10-minute reflective presentation on practical work||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Any resits would take place during resit week, giving a presentation (and thus present on campus or recorded). Students need access to multimedia facilities. The resit would take the form of a guided project, scaled down from the original presentation assignment (allowing a reasonable period for development and assessment.)
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 28/08/2020
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