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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS2621 Electronic & Computer Music

20 creditsClass Size: 16

Module manager: Dr Ewan Stefani

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21


MUSS1615Introduction to Computer Music

Module replaces

MUSS2625 Electronic Music Production and Creation 2

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module focuses on developing advanced skills and techniques for creating experimental electronic and computer music, following threads of key creative, historical, technical and social developments. Practical tasks and critical discussions underpin learning.


This module provides practical experience of creative electronic and computer music practice, as well as a wider theoretical, creative and contextual awareness of the field.
Throughout the module, students will develop a range of advanced skills as found within contemporary electronic and computer music practices. By the end of the module, students will have begun to develop a detailed, and critical approach to their own creation and production processes.

Learning outcomes
1. Demonstrate practical skills and understanding of specified practices and approaches in the field of electronic and computer music.
2. Demonstrate understanding of a range of technical, creative and social approaches to creating and producing electronic and computer music, by using that knowledge to guide their practical research.
3. Reflect upon and evaluate their work in terms of key creative, technical and contextual aspects.


Sessions offer practical and theoretical approaches to a range of advanced topics that are central to contemporary electronic and computer music and creation. Indicative topics include technological developments in electronic music; experimental and electroacoustic approaches; digital and new media arts; new interfaces for electronic music performance.
The module also aims to promote critical engagement with a range of contemporary issues in relation to technology and practice in electronic and computer music (e.g. social, cultural, critical, historical).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours158.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Researching, developing and applying the practical and theoretical skills covered in classes (i.e. through experimentation) to develop the portfolio: ~4 hours per week x 22 weeks (85 hours total).
Research, including reading a range of critical, theoretical and technical sources as indicated by the reading list, to support development of the portfolio: ~2 hours per week x 22 weeks (40 hours total).
Critical listening to existing work to support development of the portfolio: 1.5 hours per week x 22 weeks (33 hours total).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students complete regular exercises during and between sessions and are given formative feedback by tutors in class. Group-listening and discussions also allow for peer and self-directed feedback.
At the end of semester 1, students present their work-in-progress towards the final portfolio at the end of the module. Staff provide formative feedback on the work in its current state, as well as opportunity for development in the next semester.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioPortfolio of practical work with documentation100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/08/2020


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