Stage and Film Music II. 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
101SFHI1 credit 2 2 exercise hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 32 to 42 hours of self-study English, Czech winter

Subject guarantor

Name of lecturer(s)

Michal RATAJ


Learning objectives:

This is a two-semester course that can be taken in the first or second year of study. The prerequisite is the basic ability to work in a DAW environment (Pro Tools, Logic, Reaper, Live, etc.). At least a basic knowledge of virtual instruments, microphones, orchestration, harmony and other music theory disciplines is required.

This is a hands on class focusing on the compositional and technical aspects of audiovisual, stage and radio composition and the actual production of original music as accompaniment to a collaborative work.

Thematic areas:

The main areas of skill development include:

Learning outcomes

Ability to accompany the spoken word with appropriate music, analyse a film clip, comprehend the stage / audiovisual polyphony of expressive means, advanced level control of an ensemble of virtual instruments in combination with a palette of acoustic sounds, quality studio mix production/ sound in a DAW environment, basic production relationships of a collaborative work.

Prerequisites and other requirements



Audio and video technologies of the Department of Composition.

Materials provided according to specific production during each semester (scripts, librettos, director's plans, etc.).

Recommended bibliography:

COX, Christopher - WARNER, Daniel (eds.). Audio culture: Readings in modern music, revised edition. New York London Oxford New Delhi Sydney: Bloomsburry Academic, 2017. 646 p. ISBN 978-1-5013-1836-8.

CHION, Michel. Audiovision. Columbia University Press, 1994. ISBN 978-0-231-07899-3.

COOKE, Mervyn. The History of film music. Praha: Casablanca AMU Publishing Praha 2011. 567 p. ISBN 978-80-87292-14-3 il.

BORDWELL, David. The art of film: An introduction to the study of form and style. 1. edition. Praha: AMU Publishing, 2011. 639 p. ISBN 978-80-7331-217-6.

MCGUIRE, Sam, MATĚJŮ, Zbyněk. The art of digital orchestration. New York: Routledge, 2020. ISBN 978-0-367-36274-4.

Evaluation methods and criteria

Credit examination is awarded on the basis of attendance (min. 90%), regular active work and a well-crafted compositional output.



Schedule for winter semester 2023/2024:

room 019

(Liechtenstein Palace)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Mon 10:45–12:15 Michal RATAJ LAB
Liechtenstein Palace

Schedule for summer semester 2023/2024:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans