University of Leeds: Electronic and Computer Music

InstitutionUniversity of Leeds
Department School of Music
Web http://www.leeds.ac.uk
Email pgmusic@leeds.ac.uk
Telephone 0113 343 2583
Study type Taught

Summary

This course focuses on the creative, historical, critical, technical and performative aspects of electronic and computer music, emphasising the many ways in which technology and musical practice influence each other.

A distinctive feature of this course is the balance it strikes between creative practice, technical skills and theory and critical/cultural/historical context in electronic and computer music.

You’ll engage with current thinking and practice in areas including experimental electronic music, sound synthesis, electrical and electronic musical instruments, signal processing, technologically-mediated approaches to composition, live electronic music, interfaces and interactivity, sound spatialisation, electronic music in the museum and more.

You’ll also explore the contexts and practice of electronic and computer music, bringing these approaches together through case studies and complete either a practice-led portfolio or a dissertation on an aspect of electronic and computer music of your choice for your major project. You can also pursue an optional module in another area of music such as musicology, music psychology, composition or performance.

Electronic and computer music is a broad and exciting field of research, you’ll learn from an academic team with a strong presence in the international computer music, sonic arts and electronic music research communities.

It’s a great opportunity for musicians, creative professionals, educators, scientists or artists who are interested in the integration of music and technology to collaborate across disciplines in a city with a thriving music and cultural scene. We have a variety of facilities on site to support your learning, including an electronic music studio which hosts a collection of analogue synthesizers, two recording studios, a computer music cluster, rehearsal rooms, performance and practice spaces, music psychology lab, and a large concert hall.

On campus you’ll also find many opportunities for extra-curricular activities in music and performance. We also have good working relationships with Leeds University Union (which runs a range of clubs and performance spaces), and external organisations such as the Science Museum (London), National Science and Media Museum (Bradford), BBC, Leeds International Piano Competition and Opera North.

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