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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MCS1010 Module Title: SOUND DESIGN
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MCS1010
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: MORRIS P Mr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Spring Semester
Assessment Pattern
Coursework 1 40%: formative testing through ULearn
Coursework 2 60%: summative practical assignment (filmic sound design)

Module Overview
This module is only available to students on the Creative Music Technology programme.

You will be introduced to the theoretical, aesthetic and practical issues in narrative sound design. Subject areas will be selected from film, TV, documentaries and radio plays. You will investigate how film music functions and how it interacts with sound effects in delivering a narrative strand. You will also learn how to use specialist sound design software (Soundtrack Pro).
Module Aims
To deliver an understanding of and basic facility in creating a soundtrack for narrative media.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

• Describe the functions of film music
• Describe and undertake the process of filmic sound design
• Explain and employ the theoretical and aesthetic issues underpinning sound design
• Create a complete sound design for a small section for a film, radio play or documentary

Module Content
Lecture and workshop sessions on the principles of sound design
Lecture and workshop sessions covering software fundamentals and principles of operation of Soundtrack Pro
Technical training through ULearn (videos, audio files and text based tutorials)
Computer-based assessment tools for formative self-evaluation and study planning
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Ten 2-hour integrated lectures/workshops
ULearn supporting material for each classroom session
Training videos available both online and through Podcasts
Selected Texts/Journals
Essential Reading

Karlin, Fred, and Rayburn Wright, 2004 On The Track, A Guide to Contemporary Film Scoring New York: Routledge
Sonnenschein, David 2001 Sound Design: The expressive power of music, voice and sound effects in cinema Studio City: Michael Wiese Books
Yewdall, David L., 2007 Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound Oxford: Focal Press 

Recommended Reading

Altman, Rick 1992 Sound Theory/Sound Practice London: Routledge
Beauchamp, Robin 2005, Designing Sound for Animation Oxford: Focal Press
Weis, Elisabeth and John Belton 1985 Film Sound: Theory and Practice Columbia: Columbia University Press
Whittington, William 2007 Sound Design and Science Fiction Texas: University of Texas Press
Apple Inc Soundtrack Pro User Manual 

Suggested Reading

Additional reading may be given during lectures and workshops
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