Further information on submitting a proposal for the MA by Research in Electro-acoustic composition is available from Dr Ambrose Field: email@example.com
The electro-acoustic composition research programme at York is unusual. It is concerned with helping you create music which through the medium of sound itself, can be experimental and forward looking. We are looking for composers who know the historical context of electro-acoustic music, yet are prepared to surpass it. We seek individuals who are inspired by contemporary uses of digital and analog media, rather than choosing to emulate existing musique concrète or acousmatic styles.
Candidates for this research course will already have a good contextual knowledge of recent developments in any contemporary electro-acoustic genre. Wider knowledge, extending into domains such as data-mining, crowd-sourcing, urban revival, global digital cultures, hack technologies and aesthetics, analog systems, algorithmic processes, projection mapping, graphics or Processing, is an advantage.
You are free to make your own work that crosses media boundaries and encompasses hybridity, or alternatively, concentrate on reductive aesthetics and new post-postmodern practices. You may involve any combination of digital, or non digital instruments or techniques. Candidates must possess a good technical command of their chosen software environment. You may also seek individual assistance on specific matters in software programming – (MaxMsp, Pd, C, iOS) - from the department’s dedicated Research Support programmer, based in the mrc.
The mrc houses the UK’s most accurate public listening environment. Designed by ARUP Acoustics, the Rymer auditorium provides a surround-sound experience for 150 people which has similar professional levels of clarity as those encountered in a film dubbing theatre (The Rymer Auditorium is PNC 15 compliant). The Trevor Jones Studio, and the RVW Studio provide modern digital working environments, with periphonic surround audio capabilities on Genelec loudspeakers. A high quality microphone collection is also available.
The MA in Music by Research offers postgraduate opportunities to individuals who prefer to study independently rather than through classroom teaching, working under the close supervision of an expert in their field. This is a research degree, not a taught course programme, and applicants will need to have a clearly-focussed research proposal in their given area in order to be considered for admission to the research MA. Supervision and tutorial meetings are held on either a weekly or fortnightly basis throughout the academic year and by arrangement over the summer vacation. There is also an opportunity for all MA by Research students to interact with one another: the MA Research Forum. Meeting on Wednesday mornings, this is a discussion group that engages with common themes, such as issues of writing about music, while offering the opportunity for individual students to present aspects of their research topics to the larger group. Students are also encouraged to attend the weekly Research Seminar series (on Wednesday afternoons) where invited speakers, staff members and PhD students give presentations about their latest work, and there are opportunities to meet other postgraduate researchers.
The MA in Music by Research lasts one year for full-time study or two years for part-time study. Candidates may elect to apply to the MPhil/PhD programme subject to satisfactory completion of the MA by Research, though progression is not automatic. The submission of a final dissertation or portfolio of work is the product of a series of carefully-structured elements produced throughout the duration of the programme in conjunction with supervisory guidance.
The following submission alternatives are available for MA by Research candidates. All are subject to supervisory agreement:
Please include as part of your application a research proposal detailing your proposed topic and how you plan to investigate it. This should include a paragraph explaining the relevance of your research or professional experience to date and another explaining why you think your work has the potential to make a new contribution to your field of interest. In addition, please include a selective resource list (maximum length: one page) of significant items (e.g. scores, analyses, published texts such as articles, books and concert ephemera, internet and audio-visual resources, etc.) that you have consulted in exploring your topic and preparing your proposal.
The Department will assist you in matching your research interests to our supervisory expertise. Please note that acceptance into the MA by Research programme requires approval by your potential supervisor.