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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MUS2027
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: MERMIKIDES MJ Mr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Semester 1

Assessment Pattern

Coursework 50%: An essay of 2500 words chosen from no fewer than 5 titles
Exam 50%: A 2-hour written paper, comprising aural analysis of electroacoustic music and a choice of questions relating to the history and aesthetics of acousmatic and mixed electroacoustic music.

Module Overview

You will be introduced to the theory, aesthetics and repertoire of 20th century electronic and experimental music. Topics will include history and influence of electronic music equipment, the development of electronic music, graphical scores, electronic music in film and listening skills.

A pass in HE1 Composition Technologies 1 or HE1 Science of Sound, or the permission of the Module Convenor
Module Aims

To develop understanding of the musical contexts in which acousmatic and mixed electroacoustic music are situated.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

• Outline the history of electroacoustic composition in a number of different musical styles
• Describe the motivations of the composers and musicians studied for employing electroacoustic media
• Discuss the aesthetic and stylistic issues related to the uses of tape and computer technology in the production of concert music, popular music, film music, music for dance and other musical genres
• Produce a simple aural analysis and associated graphic score for a given piece of music
Module Content
• Lecture and workshop sessions on the history and aesthetics of electronic and experimental music
• Workshop sessions on a number of set works from a variety of musical styles and genres
• Lectures providing technical background to electroacoustic music
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Ten 1-hour lectures/workshops
• ULearn supporting material for each classroom session
Selected Texts/Journals
Essential Reading

Holmes, Thomas B., 2008 Electronic and Experimental Music (3rd revised edition) New York: Routledge
Manning, Peter, 2004 Electronic and Computer Music Oxford: Clarendon Press 

Recommended Reading

Prendergast, Mark 2003 The Ambient Century London: Bloomsbury 

Suggested Reading

Schartz, Elliot, 1989 Electronic Music: a listener’s guide New York: Schirmer
Theberge, Paul, 1997 Any sound you can imagine Middletown: Wesleyan University Press

Additional reading may be given during lectures and workshops
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