Dr. Jan-Peter Herbst

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Computer Composition 1 (Module Leader; lectures and seminars)

This module has been designed to provide training in the use of computer music software within a computer music context. You will be learning: software for composition, sequencing and production, studying audio and synthesis theory, and listening to historic and contemporary works. You will then demonstrate the development of your knowledge and skills through a number of formative and summative tasks.

Computer Composition 2 (Module Leader; lectures and seminars)

Building on the skills and knowledge acquired in Computer Composition 1, this module will provide further study of the techniques of computer music including synthesis, sequencing, sampling, editing, processing and mixing, and an exploration of the creative potential of these techniques.
Throughout the year students will be introduced to:

  • Advanced concepts of synthesis and sampling
  • Advanced sequencing and editing techniques
  • Basic processing and mixing techniques
  • Advanced aesthetic concerns of using computers for composition

In parallel, throughout the year students will develop creative projects using the above techniques and aesthetic reflections.

Popular Music Studies (Lectures only)

The module aims to enable you to develop an understanding of popular music within specific cultural and musical contexts, encouraging you to respond imaginatively and intellectually to the study of various examples. You will study a range of popular music genres, focusing on various case studies. These will be used to explore the interface between popular music and several disciplines within musicology, such as music technology, philosophy, critical musicology and gender studies, synthesising theoretical, technological and philosophical approaches.

Individual Project

The Individual Project is a 40-credit module taken in final year. The module will allow you to focus on a detailed research project of your own devising. The Individual Project may be a dissertation on a single topic or cover any aspect of your studies: composition, production, interactive sound design, integration of sound with other digital media etc. For those focusing on composition, the module aims to foster your musical, aesthetic and creative thinking about structuring extended timeframes in music composition and digital media. For those focusing on recording or other technical-based projects the module aims to foster a deep level understanding of a specific area of study. Each student is assigned an individual tutor, to whom the Project Proposal is submitted for approval and who is responsible for overseeing the assessment of the outcome of the project.

Postgraduate Research Seminar (MA by Research, PhD)