Music and Digital Media is an interdisciplinary course focussing on the business, cultural context and scientific nature of the [inter]relationship between music and media. The course blends theoretical perspectives on digital music formats, production, consumption and dissemination with practical workshops on audio and music editing, sound recording and coding for online music and media platforms. Such is the evolutionary nature of music in the digital age that study topics may vary. Current course content includes: a short history of music and digitisation, intellectual property, copyright and ethics; massively collaborative online music production and distribution; case study analyses of music for gaming, music 'apps' and crowd funding for music projects; digital audio visual curation techniques; and, the 'place' of music in social networks, media players and blogs. Learning and teaching activities include lectures, tutorials, practical lab sessions and workshops. Students are assessed on a portfolio of practical work, to include: an individually constructed e-CV; a music current affairs podcast for public broadcast; and, a written essay on an individually negotiated topic
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:
- Understand the ethical implications of music, digitisation and media dissemination via a demonstrated understanding of intellectual property
- Execute a podcast recording on an appropriate topic suitable for public broadcast
- Design and construct a digital file integrating multimedia elements
- Research and debate current issues surrounding music and digital media from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives
Indicative AssessmentMusic Current Affairs Group Podcast - 20 minutes. (50%) [Outcomes: 2, 4]
e-CV with integrated multimedia elements. (30%) [Outcomes: 3]
Individual written essay on negotiated topic - 1500 words (20%) [Outcomes: 1, 4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials/feedback; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
At the start of the semester, a reading brick will be available to all students enrolled in this course.
- Burkart, P. and McCourt, T. (2006) Digital Music Wars: Ownership and Control of the Celestial Jukebox. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.
- Colligan, P. (2013) Podcast Strategies: How To Podcast. San Diego, CA: You Everywhere Now, LLC.
- Creeber, G. and Martin, R. (eds.) (2009) Digital Cultures - Understanding New Media. New York: McGraw Hill/ Open University Press.
- Kusek, D. and Leonhard, G. (2005) The Future of Music. Boston: Berklee.
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