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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MCS1011 Module Title: COMPOSITION TECHNOLOGIES 1
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MCS1011
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: BROWNING SR Mr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern
Coursework 1 40%: formative testing through ULearn
Coursework 2 60%: summative practical assignment (composition)
Module Overview
You will receive theoretical and practical training in the basic technologies required for composing with computers. The module covers sequencing, synthesis and notation (using the commercial software packages Logic, Reaktor and Sibelius respectively). Extensive use is made of workshops and ULearn to deliver video and other computer-based educational tools. ULearn is also used to deliver computer assessment of technical topics.
Module Aims
To deliver an understanding of and basic facility in computer-based sequencing, synthesis and notation.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

• Plan for and deliver a sequenced composition (Logic)
• Use built-in sound treatments such as reverb, compression and delay (Logic)
• Describe the building block of sound and create them using primitive synthesisers (Reaktor)
• Transcribe music using computer-based notation (Sibelius)
• Describe the different music formats (MIDI, PCM, MP3 etc) and explain the variants, features and benefits of each
Module Content
Lecture and workshop sessions covering software fundamentals and principles of operation for Logic, Reaktor and Sibelius
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

Russ, Martin, 2004 Sound Synthesis and Sampling Oxford: Focal Press
Nahmani, David, 2008 Logic Pro 8 and Logic Express 8 Berkley: Peachpit 

Recommended Reading

Dodge, Charles, and Thomas A. Jerse, 1997 Computer Music New York: Schirmer
Rumsey, Francis, 2003 Desktop Audio Technology Oxford: Focal Press
Apple Inc Logic Pro User Manual
Apple Inc Logic Studio Instruments and Effects
Native Instruments Reaktor Operations Manual
Sibelius Software Sibelius User Manual 

Suggested Reading

Additional reading may be given during lectures and workshops
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