Composition and Production - CMAT5050

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Charles Hutchins checkmark-circle


Students will be required to devise a short, original composition for a live performer with technology. A series of lectures will introduce students to various compositional models, contemporary compositional theories will be explored in relation to key works and scholarly texts and workshops will develop the students' technical skills. Work-in-progress will be performed during the module, and students will be encouraged to engage in peer evaluation and criticism. A final performance of all works will take place towards the end of the module.


Contact hours

Contact Hours: 22
Independent Study: 128
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods

This module will be assessed by 100% coursework

Composition Project (4 minutes) 85%, plus an Accompanying Written Commentary (450 words) 15%

Reassessment methods
- Like for like.

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Cox, C. (ed.) (2016). Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music. London: Bloomsbury.
Holmes, T. (2002). Electronic and Experimental Music: Pioneers in Technology and Composition. New York: Routledge.
Hugill, A. (2012). The Digital Musician. London: Routledge.
Wishart, T. (1997). On Sonic Art. London: Routledge.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1) demonstrate a critical understanding of music production techniques relevant to contemporary music;
2) combine live music with technology, demonstrating an understanding of the advanced characteristics of performance and how they intersect with technology;
3) demonstrate skill and judgement in the creation and production of their own compositions;
4) understand advanced theories of contemporary music composition and production and be able to apply them to their own work.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1) use industry standard hardware and software;
2) be self-critical of work in progress and respond to the critical insights of others;
3) prioritise tasks and manage time and resources effectively;
4) demonstrate flexibility of thought and an ability to change and develop ideas and materials.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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