Acousmatic Composition 2022-23
School Of Arts, Culture And Language
Module - Semester 2
The word ‘acousmatic’ describes something we can hear but not see. Acousmatic Music is experimental sonic art which uses sound as its raw material, and multiple loudspeakers as its mode of delivery. It has been described as the art of projected sounds which is “shot and developed in the studio, projected in halls, like cinema”.
This module aims to develop your skills in acousmatic composition. It has a creative emphasis, and seeks to equip you with the basic technological, compositional and aesthetic knowledge and understanding necessary for acousmatic composition
-threshold -(D) The composition displays some limited creative imagination, with restricted control of musical materials, and minimum understanding of the capabilities of acousmatic resources. There is scant evidence of a generally intellectual approach.
-good -(B) The composition displays a good level of creative imagination, with good control and elaboration of musical materials, based on technical competence in use of acousmatic resources. There is also evidence of intellectual acumen.
-excellent -(A) The composition displays a high level of creative imagination, with emergent individuality of compositional voice, skilful control and elaboration of musical materials, and technical mastery of acousmatic resource. There is also evidence of high level of ability at conceptual thought, penetration of issues, originality of approach and/or insight.
- Apply an understanding of acousmatic music theory and concepts to creative work.
- Compose acousmatic music which offers an engaging listening experience.
- Compose with a degree of creative independence.
- Critically evaluate one's own work.
- Work effectively with sonic materials and resources.
- Work effectively with the tools and techniques of the composition studio.
Coursework 1 - Recording and Developing Sources
Coursework 2 - Gesture, texture and articulation
Main Assignment - Acousmatic Composition