Whether your interests are in electroacoustic or digital composition, sound installations or audio-visual work, our course focuses on using technology to create original and innovative music.
You will be able to tailor your study to focus on your individual creative practice area and choose from a diverse range of modules to develop your skills in fields such as hardware hacking, live coding and electronic instrument building.
Designed to meet the needs of contemporary musicians who want to maximise their skills in the sonic arts, the course blends theory and practice to deepen your contextual knowledge, creativity and research skills. The hands-on nature of the programme means that it is also well suited to teachers or arts professionals who want to upskill or broaden their musical horizons.
Our creative, research-active staff will support and encourage your work in a lively environment of constructive conversation and debate. You will also have the opportunity to engage with visiting artists and scholars in workshops and guest lectures.
Digital music and sound design skills are in high demand for film, TV and radio productions, live theatre and festivals. This MA will prepare you for a range of employment paths in the creative industries, as well as offering further training for those already in work seeking career development opportunities.
- Learn in dedicated facilities, which include a diffusion studio for advanced composition and ambisonic spatial design in up to 24.2 channels, an AV studio for combined video editing and 5.1 surround mixing and monitoring, a sound art laboratory, a professional recording and mastering studio, and a multichannel studio for 5.1 and 18.1 channel work respectively.
- Join the Music, Technology and Innovation – Institute for Sonic Creativity (MTI2), a research institute that encompasses a broad and continually evolving range of artistic creation and theory focused on innovative application of new technologies to music.
- Focus your development on a specific field of creative practice or extend into new areas. You will be challenged to question and experiment within your area of practice and to interrogate critically each avenue of your studies
- Benefit from DMU’s industry partnerships with local music venues, such as the Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre and Curve theatre, and national and international organisations, including the Groupe de Recherches Musicales, the ZKM and Philharmonia Orchestra.
- Stage your work in our on-campus performance and installation venues or through our partner organisations. DMU’s Dirty Electronics Ensemble, for example, have performed at Tate Britain and the Dome of Visions in Stockholm.
- Meet like-minded people by choosing to join our music ensembles (orchestra, chamber choir, jazz band and taiko) and societies, including acapella, audio recording, choir, DJ, gospel choir and modern barbershop.
Structure and assessment
- Research Methods for Creative Projects
- Aesthetics and Ideas in Sonic Arts
- Contextual Practice of Music and Technology or Contextual Theory of Music and Technology
- Creative Portfolio or Dissertation or Creative Portfolio with short Dissertation
- Sonic Arts Practices 1
- Sonic Arts Practices 2
- Theories of Electroacoustic Music
- Technologies for Digital Arts Practice
- Research in Practice
- Digital Arts Practice
The MA in Music, Technology and Innovation is designed to offer you a blend of structured taught elements with opportunities to focus on areas of individual interest. There is a core of compulsory modules in terms 1 and 2 that provide a groundwork of contextual understanding, supported by optional modules focusing on creative work with music technologies and/or study in areas of special interest. The course culminates with an individually designed research project completed in term 3, taking the form of either a creative portfolio or a dissertation on an approved topic.
Facilities and features
MTI Research Lab
The MTI Research Lab is the premier facility of the Institute for Sonic Creativity. The 155-square metre facility in the Clephan Building was established in 2004 through a £550,000 SRIF2 (Science Research Infrastructure) grant, and has been continually upgraded to meet the developing needs of our researchers.
The Diffusion Studio is a sonically isolated, air-conditioned, floating-construction room for advanced composition and spatial design in up to 32 discrete channels. The AV studio is housed in an isolated, floating-construction room supporting audiovisual work through combined video editing and 5.1 surround mixing and monitoring.
The Sound Art Lab is a flexible sound-making space that can be configured for installation work, diffusion practice, audio-visual presentation and self-directed study. Spacious and naturally lit with comfy seating, this lab also forms the hub of the postgraduate community. The Courtyard Studio is a fully professional recording and mastering studio for stereo or 8 channel projects while the Surround Studio and the Multichannel Studio support 5.1 and 18.1 channel work (any configuration) respectively.
On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available.
As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub.
The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.
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