Courses in Music Creation, Film Scoring and Live Music at Cogswell College

Music Creation, Film Scoring and Live Music Courses

LIVE SOUND

Introduction to the set up and operation of a live sound installation. Basic electrical and hearing safety in the presence of live sound. The acoustics of live sound. Live sound components and their uses. Mixing and monitoring live performances. Ethical conduct in a live sound setting. Basic business transactions and contracts associated with technical services for live productions.

SONGWRITING

Exercising creativity through songwriting in a project-based format. Discussion of musical techniques, sound choices, and growth models. All aspects of song writing are considered, from the initial creative spark to musical development and presentation, collaboration, making demos, and publishing.

CULTURAL TRENDS & MUSICAL STYLE 1

A study of a selection of musical genres, production practices and the reproduction of elements characteristic to a set of genres. Focus on cultural forces, stylistic influences, music theory analysis, performance techniques, technological developments. Production of original music in a given style along with written commentary.

CULTURAL TRENDS & MUSICAL STYLE 2

Continues the historical purview and the production and writing requirements of DAT303 at a more advanced level. Focus on use of stylistic and theoretical analyses to apply established musical styles and reproduce relevant production practices.

DIGITAL ORCHESTRATION

Techniques of orchestration applied to a digital music production environment. Examination of traditional orchestrational techniques along with methods specific to digital instruments. Application to both studio music and soundtrack production projects.

MUSIC PERCEPTION AND COGNITION

Survey of research on perceptual and cognitive theories of sound and music. Topics include characteristics of sound, anatomy of the ear, hearing function, cognitive skills related to music perception, and memory in music.

FILM SCORING

Analysis of acclaimed film scores, examination of the role of music and sonic textures based on traditionally and digitally orchestrated film scores. Application of composition, arrangement and digital audio production techniques to the creation of original music for motion pictures. Music spotting, setting up synch points, tempo map, scoring to picture. Students work with live performers and/or sampled instruments to support setting, narrative, characters and action.