MMus in Studio Composition, Goldsmiths College

Subject: MMus in Studio Composition, Goldsmiths College
From: John Levack Drever (
Date: Tue Jun 22 2004 - 12:24:33 EDT

MMus in Studio Composition
Music Department, Goldsmiths College, University of London

This course offers a stimulating and supportive environment for composers
and artists whose work applies and explores audio technologies.
Practice-based work is underpinned by a critical understanding of
contemporary sonic art and its theoretical frameworks. Students develop
their creative practice through a series of projects, supported by
seminars, workshops and tutorials. A final portfolio of work may include
studio-based composition, sound installation, audio-visual work, and
technology-based performance/improvisation. Course units include the

Sonic Art in Theory: core concepts and historical developments;
compositional techniques in context; strategies for listening; theoretical
frameworks for creative practice.

Studio Practice: recording, editing and mixing techniques; sound
transformation and manipulation; sound design and composition.

Space and Place: site, context and location; surround sound and cinesonics;
field recording techniques; spacialisation and sound diffusion.

Sound Agendas: noise and the post-digital aesthetic; sampling,
plunderphonics and politics; utterance and text-sound composition; acoustic
ecology and phonography.

Live electronics: applications of real-time signal processing; reactive
and interactive media; live algorithms and improvisation in performance;
Max/MSP & Jitter programming techniques.

Collaborations: cross art-form hybrids; interdisciplinary concerns;
methodologies and models for collaborative practice; audio-vision and

The course is based in The Stanley Glasser Electronic Music Studio (EMS)
established in 1967. A suite of eight studios include an 8 channel/5.1
surround sound studio and live electronics lab. The studio’s current
ensemble-in-residence is the oboe and percussion duo, New Noise.

EMS activities are supported by regular concerts, installation days, a
studio forum (for open discussion of ongoing projects) and research
symposia. In addition, the Music Department has a Research Seminar series.

Course tutors: Dr John Drever, Dr Michael Young. Head of Studio: Ian

Places are currently available for 2004-5; one year full-time two years
part-time. For further information please contact

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