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Composing by Colour - Nottingham Trent University

Composing by Colour - Nottingham Trent University

About the Course

This course will teach you a range of practical compositional skills based on ‘optical sound’ - an alternative way of producing music outside of traditional approaches to how music should be created.

By fusing both traditional and electronic methods, this course places ideas of self at the heart of the composition process, leading to a more organic and emotive way of composing.

The course will begin by looking at the work of two historical figures of this genre, Gertrud Grunow and Daphne Oram, who were pioneers of optical composing based on emotional responses to music as an art form.

Their methods will be explored as a way of creating music for those who have not had exposure to traditional music education.

You will be given an in-depth clear way to compose music for personal development, or to go alongside professional projects, artworks, exhibitions, performances or other creative practices.

On this course, you will:

- gain practical skills by accessing digital music production equipment
- learn experimental methods of composing using non-traditional and digital instruments
- focus on optical sound creations
- be invited to create your own compositions that respond to the work of Grunow and Oram
- explore how compositions can be applied in contemporary practices and settings.

The course is a mixture of lectures, demonstrations, workshops and project time.

You will also be given the opportunity to perform or present your work as part of a live event at Nottingham Contemporary later in the year, an ideal opportunity to try your hand at performance and experimentation.

The ideal delegate for this course will be those from any creative fields who are interested in learning new skills and practices.

This course takes place in the Bonington Gallery Sound Studio, and makes use of the facilities, including digital audio workstations, digital instruments and recording facilities.

What will I gain?

By the end of this course, you will have a good understanding of how to use digital tools for music composition and alternative compositional practices which rely upon no prior knowledge of writing or making music or playing an instrument.

You will also become part of a network of composers to continue collaborating with after the course.

This course is part of a larger research project.

By booking this course, you are agreeing for your work to be recorded and catalogued as part of this project.

Where you'll learn: You will be based in the Bonington Gallery Sound Studio as part of the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You will find a range of specialist facilities, including digital audio workstations, digital instruments and industry-standard audio recording and production equipment.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Tutor profile: Alex Jovčić-Sas has 14 years’ experience as a practicing musician and composer, working with touring bands and, more recently, composing works for video and exhibitions in collaboration with artists and collectives.

His NTU research looks at alternative practices outside of traditional Western methods, and the understanding of how musical language and theory can created barriers to making music for some people.

Currently, Alex is creating a programme of public events with Nottingham Contemporary which will respond to his research, and so it is hoped that by sharing his expertise on this course he will inspire more people to get involved with music as an art form.

Book your place online by clicking the link above.

Need accommodation for the summer?

You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms.

Accommodation can be booked online via the link above.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

One week of quality tuition with a tutor in our specialist sound studios.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Maximum class size: 10


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  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Residential
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users

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