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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MCS1012 Module Title: COMPOSITION TECHNOLOGIES 2
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MCS1012
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: BROWNING SR 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 (composition
Module Overview
This module is only available to students on the Creative Music Technologies programme.

You will receive extended theoretical and practical training in the technologies required for composing with computers. The module extends the skills and knowledge acquired in Composition Technologies 1, covering sequencing and synthesis (using the commercial software packages Logic and Reaktor 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.
HE1 Composition Technologies 1
Module Aims
To deliver extended technical skills and understanding of computer-based sequencing and synthesis.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

• Use advanced sequencing techniques such as manipulating audio, mixing and drum programming (Logic)
• Use automation and other real time effects to improve your music (Logic)
• Create a complex synthesiser from first principles (Reaktor)
• Deliver your composition projects using defined professional standards
• Use available software to compress audio and video, minimising loss of quality
Module Content
Lecture and workshop sessions covering extended techniques for Logic and Reaktor
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 Berkeley: 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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