1 - Ideas for producing a CD, types of music, methods to record2 – Short discussion about popular music from the 1910 to 2010, can they name popular genres?
Introduction to GCE Music Technology A-Level
Introduction to GCE A-Level Music Technology<br />Stuart Pennington <br />
Why Music Technology?<br />From sound engineering, record producing and computer music production; throughout this course we will endeavor to develop these skills. <br />What made you interested in music?<br /> What careers and progression do you believe you could take the skills you learn during this course? <br />
Course Structure…<br />Edexcel GCE in Music Technology comprises of an Advanced Subsidiary AS and A2 component, each lasting one year. <br /> <br />The first half of the GCE course consists of Units 1 and 2, this can be taken as a stand alone qualification or 50 per-cent of the total Advanced GCE marks. <br />The second year A2 counts as the other 50 per-‐cent of the full qualification, constructed through Units 3 and 4.<br />
What You Will Study…<br />First Year - AS Level<br />- AS Level: <br /> Unit One: Produce an Audio CD with documenting portfolio <br /> This will cover: <br /> 1/ Sequenced Performance <br /> 2/ Multi-‐track Recording <br /> 3/ Creative Sequenced Arrangement <br /> 70% (AS), 35% (Full A-Level) <br /> Unit Two: Listening and History of Popular Music <br /> The development of popular music styles from 1910 to the present day, this assessed through an examination. <br /> <br /> 1 hour and 45 minute examination. <br /> 30% (AS), 15% (Full A-Level)<br />
What is Music ?<br /> The organisation of sound over time? But this is not always the case….or is it?<br />Musical Structure<br />The elements are often constrained (limited) to allow only a reduced set of combinations and possibilities, such as:<br /> <br /> - A fixed set of pitches (scale): e.g. Western Composition<br /> <br /> - Restricted instrumental grouping: e.g. Modern Band’s structure <br /> <br /> - A predefined set of chord types: e.g. ‘Blue’ I-IV-V <br /> <br /> - The use of simple rhythms over regular beats: e.g. Common ‘4/4’<br />
The Elements of Music<br />Melody: A sequence of notes of different pitches<br />Harmony: When two or more notes are heard at the same time (chords): the way chords progress throughout a composition.<br />Rhythm: The way sounds are grouped over time with respect to a regular pulse (beat). <br />Timbre: The tone of different instruments...<br />Orchestration: Instrumental combinations <br />Form: The structural arrangement of musical ideas<br />Texture: Number of parts or voices and the way in which they are combined:<br /> - Monophonic: Single melody line<br /> - Polyphonic: Two or more melody lines heard at the same time<br /> - Homophonic: Melody line played against a chordal accompaniment<br />
Your first Music Technology problem…<br />Working in small groups can you answer some of these Music Technology questions?<br />
1/ Do you know what this symbol means? <br />Often seen on the back of a DVD box! <br />2/ Which of the following is a definition for the term 'dynamics' in music technology?<br />- How fast the music is played.<br />- How many times the notes are repeated.<br />- How long the song lasts. <br />- How loud or soft the music is played.<br />
3/ What is the music tech recording term used to describe notes that are played and recorded into the computer at the same time?<br />- Real-time recording <br /><ul><li>Staccato recording
Instant recording</li></ul>4/ As musicians and musical tech. artists….what is the key signal that a stage is level? <br /><ul><li>When the drummer is drooling out of both sides of the mouth!!!!! Sorry!</li></li></ul><li>The Edexcel Specification: The full Edexcel Specification proving a detailed account of the course, along with other relevant materials can be downloaded from:<br /> www.edexcel.com <br />Click on “Qualifications”, followed by “GCE from 2008” and finally “Music Technology”<br />
So Where Next with Music Technology?<br />We are now deeply in the age of DIGITAL!!<br />- Hard-disk recording is the main method for all studios.<br /><ul><li> Digital work stations; nearly every studio in the world will a number of audio software, Pro-Tools, Cubase, Reason, Logic etc….
Plug-in instruments are MORE popular than standard recordings. </li></li></ul><li>Bands and Musical Groups<br />As part of Unit One you will be asked to form small musical groups in order to record the material.<br />NOT ORIGINAL MATERIAL!!!<br />The song you perform must be a cover of another artist’s composition, this must be a genre from 1910 to date.<br /><ul><li> Groups must be 3 or 4, sorry but no more!
There will be no MIDI entry, only live instruments. </li></li></ul><li>Recommended Web Sites:<br />Here are some recommended websites that may be worth committing to Bookmarks: <br /> www.soundonsound.com www.computermusic.co.uk www.recording-microphones.co.uk www.audio.tutsplus.com www.musicradar.com<br />
Recommended Books: merely just a suggestion of some very useful resources that cover all the different aspects within the GCE A- Level Music Technology.<br /> - Owsinski Bobby, 2005, ‘The Recording Engineer's Handbook’ <br />‐ Gibson, David, (1997), ‘The Art of Mixing - A visual to Recording, Engineering and Production’ <br />Barlett, B, 2006, ‘Practical Recording Techniques’ <br />Gibson, B, 2003, ‘Sound Advice on Microphone Techniques’ <br /> Winterson, J, 2003, ‘Pop Music: The Textbook’ <br />
My Contact Details:<br />E-Mail: email@example.com<br />Room: First Floor Music Technology Suite/Recording Studio <br />