Desktop Music Production 1 (Module Leader; lectures)
This module will introduce you to relevant techniques and technologies for computer-based music production. Areas covered will include the basics of sequencing, sampling and a range of other sound processing techniques, as well as their creative application. You will also explore approaches to arrangement in production. Through practical work, both technical and creative, you will develop your critical listening and production skills. Seminars will support the application of production techniques and ideas.
Desktop Music Production 2 (Module Leader)
Building on the skills and knowledge acquired in Desktop Music Production 1 or AFM1208 Technology for Music, this module will provide further study of the techniques of computer-based music production. Techniques examined in-depth will include synthesis, sequencing, sampling, editing, processing and mixing techniques, as well as their creative application. Issues of pre/post production and arrangement will also be explored. You will also continue to study musical arrangement within a computer-based production context. You will explore these topics through practical technical and creative work that will improve your techno-fluency and abilities in detailed critical listening. Seminars will support the application of production techniques and ideas.
Final Year Project
Final Year Project (FYP) is a 40-credit module taken in your final year. The module will allow you to focus on a detailed research project of your own devising. The Project may be a dissertation on a single topic or cover any aspect of your studies: composition, production, audiovisual / soundtrack composition, remix, interactive sound design, integration of sound with other digital media etc. For those focusing on composition, the module aims to foster your musical, aesthetic and creative thinking about structuring extended timeframes in music composition and digital media, or, of a mini-album length set of works, or soundtrack portfolio to existing / original images. For those focusing on recording or other technical-based projects the module aims to foster a deep level of understanding of a specific area of study. Remix projects sit between composition and production and need to demonstrate an original compositional voice combined with technical realisation using the potential of the modern DAW. Projects may also combine musicological research with creative practice. Each student is assigned an individual tutor, to whom a project proposal is submitted for approval and who is responsible for overseeing and assessing the outcome of the project.
Advanced Desktop Music Production (MA) (Module leader; lectures and seminars)
On this module, you will professionalise techniques in computer-based music production. Focusing on modern approaches to music production, the module will deepen your skills in sound design using original synthesis and sampling as well as recording in a digital environment. This will involve multi-software workflows, the expressive use of hardware controllers and hybrid techniques combining digital and analogue processing that combine both an ‘inside the box’ approach with outboard dynamics and effects units. You will develop advanced skills in digital audio project data management required for collaborative professional work. Furthermore, you will learn sophisticated editing, mixing and mastering techniques unique to digital music production. As a critically informed production expert, you will analyse production concepts using critical listening, and research and apply various in-formation on contemporary music production found in manuals, tutorials, instructional videos and mix-throughs or derived from in-depth case studies.