Subject: Postgraduate program in Sound Creation and Performance with
Date: 2016 May 19
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The Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC, Barcelona – Spain) is
now accepting applications for the Postgraduate program in Sound
Creation and Performance with Technologies.
Over the last years computers have readily been incorporated into the
vast majority of creative processes. With regard to music, they promoted
the development of novel methodologies in sound synthesis, algorithmic
creation and real-time control of musical processes, to mention just a
few. The increasing availability of digital technologies, both in terms
of cost, size and portability, broaden such creative possibilities in
music and sound up to the extent that the very concepts of musical
instrument, sound creation and live performance need to be redefined.
These are precisely the three main areas to be covered in the
Design and development of new musical instruments, interfaces and
interactive music systems for live performance.
Sound creation with digital technologies with a focus on real-time
Live performance with digital technologies.
Incorporating computer based into the creative processes of different
artistic disciplines (be it dance, video, photography, sculpture, etc.)
asks for a highly cross-disciplinary profile, in which technology
becomes de facto a lingua franca. The Postgraduate program in Sound
Creation and Performance proposes a space for learning and reflection on
the diversity of musical art forms which interrelate sound creation,
performance and technology. To this end, it offers a curriculum which
promotes critical thinking to allow the student to go a step further in
sound and music creation. For that reason the curriculum is structured
around creative and collaborative projects, to be undertaken by students
throughout the course. Our methodology will therefore combine:
Theoretical sessions to provide an overview of the historical
landmarks in sound creation, sound creation paradigms and key
features provided by creation support tools (both software and
Practical, collective sessions, where the students will be asked to
design simple musical instruments and interfaces and interpret
classic or own works. In such sessions, students should be prepared
to explain their proposals and justify all decisions taken.
Collective tutoring to address issues raised during the creative
process, by means of debate, encouragement of a critical attitude
and promotion of the creator’s own view.
Lectures and practices will take place entirely at the ESMUC, which will
provide the facilities of a Higher School of Music with a
multidisciplinary vocation, complemented with key infrastructures such
as recording and post-production studios and electronic lab, among others.
Enric Guaus (firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor at Dept. of Sonology,
Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (http://www.esmuc.cat),
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