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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MCS3002
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: MORRIS P Mr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
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Assessment Pattern

Coursework 1 (25%): 2,500-word essay:
A 2,500 word essay assigned in week 1 on the musical semiotics of a group of pieces selected by the student.


Coursework 2 (75%): a practical project with supporting 1,000-word essay:
A composition portfolio to a given brief and a 1,000 word essay describing how the music meets the requirements of the commissioning agent.



Module Overview


Module Aims

To develop the skills required to write applied music based on a theoretical placement, the methods and practices specific to its use and an understanding of the differing requirements of individual creative industries (TV, radio, marketing, games, documentaries etc).


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, you should be able to:


·     Describe how media, marketing and product theories shape the requirements of applied music in a variety of different media


·     Respond creatively to a given industry brief


·     Write music appropriate to the needs of the industry strand and the commissioning agent


·     Offer a critical analysis of the composition and aesthetics of music in the media


Module Content

·        Lecture and workshop sessions covering theories, methods and standard practices


·        Lectures and workshops led by industry practitioners on dealing with commercial briefs


·        Lectures and workshops analysing works for multiple industry strands



Methods of Teaching/Learning
  • Lectures providing theoretical placement


  • Workshops run by practitioners, both staff and from industry


  • Supporting material on ULearn


Selected Texts/Journals

Essential reading:



Brassington, F and S Pettitt, 2006: Principles of Marketing Harlow :Pearson Education


Lindstrom, L, 2005: Brand Sense London :Kogan Page


Karlin, F, 2004: On the Track London :Routledge


Cook, N, 2000: Analysing Musical Multimedia Oxford :OUP


Tagg, P, 1999 Introductory notes to the Semiotics of Music



Recommended Reading :



North, A and D Hargreaves, 2008: The Social and Applied Psychology of Music Oxford :OUP

Zager, M, 2003: Writing Music for Television and Radio Commercials London :Scarecrow

Hoffert, P, 2007: Composing music for Videogames, Web Sites, Presentations and Other New Media Berklee:Berklee Press

Chandler, D (2002) Semiotics: the Basics London :Routledge

Beauchamp, R, 2005: Designing Sound for Animation Oxford :Focal Press


Additional Reading :



Fisher, JD, 2005: Cash Tracks Thomson Course Technology




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