Electronic Music Practice (W3078)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

This module explores what technology can offer in the way of composing tools and materials. It is taught through practical exercises, supported by listening assignments, readings, and writing tasks. The module involves an introduction to the foundation skills needed for the creation of music using current sequencing and audio software, in a creative and critical context. It encourages an open and questioning approach to making music with technology. How did the way we make music change in the 20th and 21st centuries as a result of developing technologies? What resources are available to you now as a composer that were not available to earlier musicians? How much are our musical expectations and desires influenced by the technology itself? Many approaches will be considered, such as musique concrète, electroacoustic music, hip-hop, electronica, soundscapes and sound installations. You will develop your work through the techniques of both analogue and digital synthesis, through writing and analysis, and through exploring the creative uses of both electronic instruments and recorded sounds.


50%: Lecture
50%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Essay, Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.