Sonic Art Performance MUSIC5056

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Students will develop their skills in live performance with electronics, through preparing and realising a performance either solo or as a group.


2 hour seminar followed by fortnightly guidance meetings

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements: Standard entry to Masters at College level and entry to the MMus Sonic Arts

Excluded Courses



Students will develop and undertake a live performance of ca. 15 minutes (80%), with accompanying reflective commentary of ca. 1000 words (20%). This may be realised as a solo or as a group performance of longer duration; in the case of a group performance, each individual will provide their own reflective commentary, which must include a detailed analysis of their own contribution.

Course Aims

The overall aim of this course is to examine the implications of performing with audio technology. In particular the course aims to:


■ Enhance students' practical performance skills

■ Explore live performance with technology as an experimental practice

■ Engage with the implications of deploying live performance technology, examining issues of liveness, space and media

■ Confront the practical and aesthetic problems that live performance presents

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ devise and realise a performance oriented around the use of sound technology

■ identify and resolve practical and aesthetic issues in live performance

■ organize, manage and promote their live performance

■ demonstrate awareness of the implications of space, venue and approaches to spatial sound reproduction

■ apply critical reflection to their performance

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.