The course is aimed equally at composers of electronic music in the traditional sense, and contemporary artists who may combine the role of composer with producer, engineer, musician and DJ. London College of Music (LCM) at the University of West London is at the forefront of the academic study of music technology in general - and popular electronic music composition in particular.
The course encompasses a broad range of electronic music, from popular electronic dance music styles to art forms such as electroacoustic music. It assumes you have a level of competence in composition or music sequencing and production. Composition studies include one-to-one tutorials in an area of electronic music that you will negotiate with your lecturer.
You will also examine the history and concepts of electronic music, the creation of sound installations and live performances, together with options that include the theory and practice of sequencing, sound synthesis, sampling, production techniques and the use of Max/MSP.
This course helps you build a wide range of skills, knowledge and creative strategies essential for a successful career in the contemporary, fast-changing music industry - or as a springboard to further postgraduate study at PhD level.
Depending on the route you choose, the core modules you study will be:
• Practical Composition one and two • Orchestration and Arranging • Conducting
• Electronic Music Composition one and two • Developing your Career • Interactive Music Technology • Research Methods • Dissertation or Project
Optional modules include:
• Stylistic Composition (pre 1900) • Stylistic Composition (post 1900) • Multi-track Recording and Mixing for Surround • Film and TV Score Production • Advanced Non-linear Recording • Combining Sounds • Digital Audio Interface Design for Music • The Development of Audio Technology • Manipulating Sounds.
The department's extensive research in this subject area means our teaching is informed directly by the world's most up-to-date ideas on the academic study of record production. Also, our teaching staff are renowned for their professional expertise.
Teaching involves a combination of lectures, practical workshops, seminars and tutorial discussions. Our teaching rooms are equipped with ProTools HD systems, Audient mixing consoles and C24 control surfaces, and lectures involve frequent practical demonstrations and examples.
The contact hours for the course are concentrated into two days for full-time and one day for part-time students. For the rest of week you will book your own studio and computer time to complete your assignments and develop your composing skills, network, create music with other LCM students and engage in self-directed study. The course runs for a complete year - normally September to September - in full-time mode and two years for part-time.
Career and study progression
This course will equip you with an enviable set of skills that will enable you to succeed in the fast-changing music industry.
Some examples of the professional roles graduates have progressed to after completing the course include: • Composer • Sound Designer • Remixer.