PhD course “Music Technology and Production”

PhD course “Music Technology and Production”, KF 612
University of Agder, Kristiansand/Norway
Faculty of Fine Arts, Institute of Popular Music
January – April 2019

The University of Agder invites applications for the PhD course “Music Technology and Production”. It will take place on 29 January, 12 and 26 February, 12 March and 9 April 2019. The course consists of lectures, workshops and seminars on specific problems of production and technology in the field of popular music and world music. The topics include: “Jan Bang: Lighthouse Serenade: Professor Bang wonders on creativity and discusses composing/production methods, playing examples from different recordings and from his own catalogue”, “Contemporary Music Production: A Review of Practices in Modern Music Creation”, “Analogue Synthesis: The Development and Design of Analog Synthesizers and Other Voltage-controlled Instruments Set in a Historical and Technological Perspective”. Lecturers: Prof. Jan Bang, Prof. Geir Holmsen, Jon Marius Aareskjold, Prof. Bjørn-Ole Rasch, Prof. Tor Dybo, Prof. Michael Rauhut. The course is free of charge and corresponds to 10 ECTS Credit Points. Please send your applications and inquiries to:

Course description:

KF 612 Music Technology and Production (10 credits)

Learning outcomes
After completing the course has the PhD candidates acquired an overview of various issues within music technology and production seen from both the performing and research standpoint. The PhD candidates have acquired foundation to participate in relevant subjects discussions, and are able to possibly using working methods related to music technology and production methods in their own PhD project.

The course includes topics such as pre-production, music technology history, sequencing, sampling, notation, programming, acoustics, electronics, post production, recording practice etc. Each of the PhD candidates must get approved a paper at approximately 10 pages, in where the candidate’s own dissertation work feeds into the as far as relevant.

There are four assemblies, each of two days. The sessions will include practical exercises, lectures, seminars discussions and presentation and discussion of papers from participants.

At one of the gatherings, each of the PhD candidates shall prepare a paper where lines are drawn between the relevant syllabus and The PhD candidate’s own dissertation project. The paper shall not exceed 10 pages.

The paper will be presented before the gathering and presented at the gathering. There is also a work requirement that each of the PhD candidates gives a prepared comment to another PhD candidate’s paper. This is the condition in order to deliver your own paper for evaluation. Featured theme for own paper may be discussions of theoretical choices regarding its own dissertation topic.

The paper is assessed by both the course coordinator and the supervisor and is assessed as passed / fail. If the paper is judged as failed a reason for this is given including advice on improvement and a new deadline will be given.

Curriculum literature will be announced at course start. In addition, The PhD candidates as needed get recommended necessary basic literature of the supervisor.