Not available in 2013
Previously offered in 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
Explores the compositional and technical aspects, aesthetics, and psychology of composing music for use with film, video, and other visual media. The major focus will be in the realm of film music, however, the principles and techniques of film scoring will transfer to other collaborative art forms using music. Essentially the primary emphasis will be on the creation of a musical soundtrack with secondary study areas to include the relationship shown in the musical creation with the basics of film making and its associated technical matters.
|Objectives||Analysis and observation of pre-composed films and soundtracks provide the student with an illustrative representation of the diverse applications of sound to visual media. This is particularly valuable as it demonstrates varied applications of music synchronised to visual material. Technical skills of spotting, concept development, and traditional/contemporary treatments of music will be implemented as required.
The composition of apposite music is fundamental to the success of an effective soundtrack. Students will develop skills to identify and render relevant material suited to various visual applications. They will also develop an understanding of compositional parameters, techniques used for specific effects, and the associated styles and genres.
The use of technical audio equipment and computer software will not only assist the student in the creation of a soundtrack, but will also provide the composer with a larger range of compositional material. Students will attain skills in the operation of technical equipment and the creation of audio material via the use of electronic devices.
In order to compose a professional soundtrack, the skills of synchronisation, recording, spotting, compositional application and editing are vital. Students will combine previous skills with additional specialist techniques in order to experience the procedures required in the creation of professional soundtracks.
|Content||Course content may include (but is not limited to):
1. Use of synchronisation (including SMPTE, MTC)
2. Analysis of film soundtracks
3. Identification and spotting techniques
4. Traditional compositional practices for soundtracks
5. Contemporary compositional practices for soundtracks
6. Audio recording hardware (DAT, MiniDisc, and Nagra)
7. Audio processors including effects units and dynamic processors
8. The creation and use of sound effects and foley
9. MIDI sequencing software
10. Music recording methods for use with film
|Assumed Knowledge||Students undertaking this subject will need to have an elementary understanding of the operation of a Windows computer environment. Musical knowledge equivalent to the written entrance examination for the Faculty of Music's undergraduate degrees is assumed.|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Contact Hours||Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|