Dr. Jan-Peter Herbst

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Desktop Music Production 1 (Module Leader; lectures and seminars)

This module will introduce you to relevant techniques and technologies for computer-based music production. Areas covered will include the basics of sequencing, sampling and a range of other sound processing techniques, as well as their creative application. You will also explore approaches to arrangement in production. Through practical work, both technical and creative, you will develop your critical listening and production skills. Seminars will support the application of production techniques and ideas.

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.

Musicology of Production (Lectures and seminars)

This module will introduce you to the study of music production from a musicological perspective. The focus of the module will be on understanding the ideas that circulate in the study of production. Teaching and learning concentrates on three main areas of study including the technological contexts and repertoire, analysis techniques appropriate to production and critical writings on the subject.

Researching Music, Technology and Performance (Interim Module Leader; lectures and seminars)

This module will develop knowledge and understanding of approaches to research in the area of popular and contemporary music practice (including music technology and music performance) to a high level by introducing key issues, themes and approaches to research. The course will introduce a variety of research and approaches which will provide the basis for investigating students’ own topics of research. The module concentrates on four main areas of study including ethnomusicology, analysis of music, performance studies and music production.

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)