- Class Number 2869
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Alexander Hunter
- Alexander Hunter
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
Composition, Arranging, and Sound Design 1 addresses three fundamental skills of music composition: melodic construction, creation of chord progressions and short forms. These fundamentals will be examined through a combination of analysis and independent supervised composition. Students will develop a portfolio of short compositions in a variety of genres and styles using Logic Pro X software.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Compose original melodies with chordal accompaniments which reflects the students individual musical interests and goals.
- Present works of a proficient standard using both correct notation and Logic Pro X software.
- Describe melodic compositional issues in aesthetic and technical terms.
- Communicate and articulate their creative decisions.
Students will be encouraged to attend concerts, art galleries, and other performances, as well as to move around in their homes and neighbourhoods to experience and think about new sonic events.
A small notebook (fits in your pocket); a large notebook (ideally graph paper); pens and pencils; a computer with: notation software (Sibelius, Musescore, Finale) and Digital Audio Workstation software (Reaper, Logic, Protools, Ableton, etc.); a MIDI keyboard; headphones; a field recorder (or app and windscreen for your mobile phone)
Students are encouraged to seek out recorded and notated musics in the library and via the internet throughout the course, as well as articles, books, interviews, etc.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments (via Wattle and Teams)
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Intro to workflows and composition as a set of concepts||Composing a single phrase/short idea|
|2||Combining phrases and filling boxes - building structures for your ideas||Taking the previous or new idea and building a form for it|
|3||Loops and repetition - getting the most out of your ideas||Writing a piece utilising loops, drones, repetition, etc.|
|4||Control and randomisation - developing new ideas from your own material||Writing a piece utilising serial and/or chance operations; In-class presentations (crits) on your works-in-progress|
|5||Musique concrète and sampling - diverse sound sources, working with microphones||Writing a new piece using only sounds you've recorded; In-class presentations (crits) on your works-in-progress|
|6||Electronic and electroacoustic musics - working with Digital Audio Workstations and synthesis||Writing a piece using only electronic sounds you've built or sculpted; No tutorials this week - time to work on your exercise folio|
|7||Introduction to Orchestration: bowed string instruments (with guest speaker)||1-on-1 conferences|
|8||Introduction to Orchestration: plucked string instruments (with guest speaker)||1-on-1 conferences|
|9||Introduction to Orchestration: brass instruments (with guest speaker)||In-class presentations (crits) on your works-in-progress|
|10||Introduction to Orchestration: woodwind instruments (with guest speaker)||In-class presentations (crits) on your works-in-progress|
|11||Introduction to Orchestration: keyboard instruments (with guest speaker)||In-class presentations (crits) on your works-in-progress|
|12||Introduction to Orchestration: percussion instruments (with guest speaker)||In-class presentations (crits) on your works-in-progress|
Tutorial sign-up sheets are available on the course Wattle site.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|First crit and crit response (10%)||10 %||26/03/2021||09/04/2021||1,2,3,4|
|Mid-semester 1-to-1 conference (15%)||15 %||30/04/2021||14/05/2021||1,2,3,4|
|Project summary (20%)||20 %||30/05/2021||13/06/2021||3,4|
|Final project (40%)||40 %||06/06/2021||20/06/2021||1,2|
|End of semester 1-to-1 conference (15%)||15 %||18/06/2021||27/06/2021||3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Students are expected to be present at all course activities - lectures, tutorials, 1-to-1 meetings, as well as to comment and support their peers in these and online activities.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
First crit and crit response (10%)
In your tutorial in either week 4 or 5 you will be asked to give a 5min presentation on your plans for the final project. Given how early in the semester this is, you are not expected to have a complete plan yet (and are encouraged to develop and change your plan after this presentation), but we ask you to talk us through your thinking and plans at this time. This will be followed by 5min of questions from your peers and the lecturer. You will also be asked to post your materials on the course Teams platform for additional comments, and will be required to give constructive feedback on at least two other students' work.
- 5min in-class presentation with relevant media (media files, scores, sketches, etc.)
- Posted materials (audio and PDF files) on Teams
- At least two comments on other students' works via Teams
- Clear and well-organised in-class presentation with appropriate materials (media files, scores, sketches, etc.)
- Demonstration of relevant research and considered plans for future work
- Materials (audio and PDF files) posted on Teams the week of your crit presentation
- Active in-person participation during crits, and constructive feedback on at least two of your classmates' work via Teams
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Mid-semester 1-to-1 conference (15%)
In your tutorial in either week 7 or 8 you will be meet with the course convenor for a 10min conference to check-in and see how you're going. You will be asked to bring a number of materials to this informal meeting for discussion (also submitted in a folder via Wattle). You will also be asked to complete a conference checklist before attending the meeting outlining the work you've done so far and how you feel you're going with the materials and the projects.
Assessments submission (bring to the meeting and submit via Wattle):
- Completed conference checklist
- Journal entries (from weeks 1-6 and the teaching break) from both OneNote and a physical notebook (these do not need to be submitted)
- Composition exercises from weeks 2-6 (media, PDF and other files)
- Final project plan with notes in the final project notebook
- Attendance at the scheduled 1-to-1 meeting and online submission of materials
- Demonstration of engagement with the weekly materials through the completion of exercises which follow the relevant composition brief
- Demonstration of research and the forming of connections between journal entries, course content and the final project plan
- Organisation and presentation of composition exercises (quality and neatness of audio and score files)
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 3,4
Project summary (20%)
At the end of week 12 you will be asked to submit (via Wattle) a short funding proposal-style summary of your final project (100 words or a 2min video). This is in the context of trying to explain to a funding body (including some artists who are not musicians) what your project is and why it's exciting (and worth funding).
You are also asked to submit an academic-style annotated bibliography with at least 15 sources that you investigated during your research this semester. There should be a mix of sources which may include: interviews, scores, recordings, articles, album reviews, blog posts, etc. Each entry should contain the formatted citation and a brief discussion of the relevance of the sources and content to your research, and an evaluation of its (and the author's) credibility.
- Word document submitted via Wattle with the 100-word summary at the top of the page (or a YouTube or Vimeo hyperlink to your 2min pitch video), followed by the annotated bibliography
- Demonstrated ability to succinctly explain your project
- Demonstrated ability to make use of appropriate resources in the collection of relevant sources
- Demonstrated understanding of appropriate formatting of a Chicago Style bibliography
- Demonstrated ability to critique the relevance and credibility of listed sources.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Final project (40%)
Due at the start of the exam period, this assessment calls for a completely unconstrained original work which should show the culmination of your skills and experiences this semester. The scale and duration of this work should be approved by the Course Convenor before submission (projects are usually 3-6min in duration and for 1-4 musicians, and may include visual media). It is recommended that you focus on clarity of ideas and techniques, rather than duration and complexity. You are completely free to find and use your unique compositional voice. There are absolutely no stylistic guidelines.
You will also be asked to give a 5-10min presentation (with 5-10min of questions) in a crit in weeks 9-12, post your materials online, and provide constructive and supportive feedback to your classmates in the crit and on Teams.
The program note (AKA artist's statement) should be ~200 words in length and can include any information you think the audience might want access to (remember that you're writing for a non-expert audience).
The performance note should provide performers with additional information about both the preparations needed for performance and the interpretation of your score.
- Uncompressed or lossless audio file (no MP3s) or HD video, as appropriate
- PDF document including: Title page, program note, performance note, score (and parts as appropriate)
- Presentation in a crit in weeks 9-12, and your materials posted on Teams during the week of your presentation
- Constructive and supportive participation in all 4 crits (including via Teams)
- Technique and approach: : appropriate use of instruments and technology – utilising techniques drawn from the course materials
- Creativity: the ability of the piece to stand on its own, as a self-contained work of a unique and developing compositional voice (e.g. this doesn’t feel like one of the composition exercises from weeks 1-6)
- Clear and well-formatted score (as appropriate)
- Well-mixed audio file (or video, if working to visual media)
- Presentation in a crit in weeks 9-12 and constructive and supportive participation in all 4 crits (including via Teams)
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 3,4
End of semester 1-to-1 conference (15%)
During the exam period (17 or 18 June) you will be meet with the course convenor for a 15min conference to check-in and see how you're going. You will be asked to bring your journal notebooks (small and large) as well as any digital notes (e.g. OneNote). Before the meeting you will be asked to complete a reflection form which will encourage you to think about how you feel you went with the materials and the projects.
Assessments submission (bring to the meeting and submit via Wattle):
- Journal entries (from weeks 1-12 and the teaching break) from both OneNote and a physical notebook (these do not need to be submitted)
- Completed reflection form
- Attendance at the scheduled 1-to-1 meeting and online submission of the completed form
- Demonstration of engagement with the weekly materials through notes on the guest speakers in weeks 7-12
- Demonstration of research and the forming of connections between journal entries, course content and the final project
- Clarity and relevance of the reflection
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For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Feedback and marks will be provided within two weeks of assessment submission.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
As composition and reflection are ongoing processes, students are always encouraged to consider and discuss the potential for the re-submission of assessments. Please get in touch ASAP to chat about this if you think you would like to resubmit anything.
Distribution of grades policy
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