Music Direction 10
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Name of lecturer(s)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
- To create a comprehensive idea of the tasks of the music director in the recording process, editing and final completion of a music recording.
- Development of artist performance analysis skills.
- Devleopment of music recording sound quality analysis skills.
- Expanding knowledge of music literature with particular consideration of the historical style and composition technique of contemporary music.
- On-going acquaintance with the development and basic technical principles of sound recording.
Mode of study
Presentation of music director issues in the studio. The widest spectrum of this activity (ex: the genre of the recorded music, historical music, modern music, etc, also the psychological aspect of the job of the music director, etc.)
Listening to recordings, music performance and sound treatment analysis. Comparing various performances and discussions about them.
Student performance analysis in the Studio Practice course.
Prerequisites and co-requisites
Listening ability. Extensive knowledge of music theory (harmony, counterpoint, music form, instrument study). Ability to analyse a work of music. Presumed knowledge of the content from the previous year of study.
Lecture section (review of all issues regarding the subject)
- Brief history of the technical development of sound recording
- Execution of a sound recording from a historical development perspective
- The history of the development of sound recording as an aesthetic phenomenon
- Various types of of sound recording from the perspective of the manner of execution and use
- The aesthetics of modern music recording
- The acoustic space and its importance in executing a music recording
- The historical development of the music director profession
- The role and status of the music director in a modern professional recording team
- Psychological aspects of music director work
- Technical aspects of recording
- The microphone - its potential and limits
- Monophonics, Stereophonics and multi-channel technology
- Recording preparations
- Tasks of the music director during the generation of a recording
- Differences in working procedures in relation to the type of music recorded
- Editing a music recording - work procedures
- Development of editing technology
- Aesthetic aspects of music recording editing assembly
- Final recording work - mastering
- Supplementary adjustments to the original acoustic recording space - artificial reverb
- Arranging the composition, respectively, its parts into the recording final version
- Specific issues of recording and developing live recordings
- Adjustment and development of historic recordings using modern technology
- Documentation for a music recording
- Issues of a music recording's dramaturgy on modern media
- Interpretation analyss of important recordings. Analysis of their sound concept (character of the acoustic space, measure of reverb, manner of recording, attendance or absence). Discussion.
- Discussions over thesis topics
- Analysis and discussions on student performance in recording in the Work in the Studio course.
- Discussions on the thesis topics
Recommended or required reading
Music recordings (CD, DVD,LP, cassette).
- Key recordings of Czech chamber, symphonic and opera music (ex. Smetana: Má vlast - Talich, Ančerl, Neumann, Smetáček, Bělohlávek, Kubelík, etc.)
- Important recordings of world music (ex.. historically scholarly recordings of J.E. Gardiner - Mozart: Koncerty pro klavír, Beethoven: Symfonie etc.).
Accompanying notation material
Jaroslav Rybář: Hudební režie
Instruction texts dealing with issues in recording classical music and music direction. (This text does not currently have the official textbook form for the Music Direction course)
Václav Syrový: Akustika
Václav Vlachý: Praxe zvukové techniky
Ladislav Šíp: Nahrávání a reprodukovaná hudba
Ladislav Šíp: Pěvci před mikrofonem
Václav Zamazal: Hudební nástroje před mikrofonem
Assessment methods and criteria
Credit is awarded based on these criteria:
- Overall activity in class discussions
- Completion of the state test on the course lectures.
No schedule has been prepared for this course
The subject is a part of the following study plans
- Music Directing (Mg) (required main subject)