Music, Technology and Performance is not a conventional music performance course. You will not have lessons on an instrument or perform traditional repertoire. Instead, you will combine skills in music performance and passion for technology to create your own original music and new, innovative ways of performing.
You will explore aspects of performance, such as improvisation, and the role of the human body, alongside and in relation to new technologies - from electronic-instrument building and appropriated technology, to human-computer interaction. Your studies will investigate the many forms of performance, including site-specific and installation work, live performance with film, interactions with other artists, and the relationship between the recording and performing musician.
The theoretical aspect to this course will allow you to inspire your creative vision and link your music meaningfully to the world, through study of digital and post-digital history and aesthetics. Based on your goals, you will choose specific compositional, technical and theoretical topics to research in greater depth.
This course is taught by internationally recognised, experienced musicians who are active performers, composers and researchers. Our graduates have gone on to work as composers, sound designers, performing and recording artists, session musicians, recording engineers, producers and audio technicians in a range of industries including music management, theatre, TV and radio content and production.
- Much of this programme is based in DMU's Performing Arts Centre for Excellence (PACE), which features performance and rehearsal spaces, including our specialist 33-channel loudspeaker system. In addition, you can access our Creative Technology Studios, and benefit from access to audio recording studios, broadcast-standard radio production studios and management systems.
- Join a dynamic musical community which hosts concerts and workshops and has a number of musical groups such as the Dirty Electronics ensemble. The university also has many active student musical societies, including the Music Society, Recording Society, Sound Design Society, and DJ Society.
- Have opportunities to present your work at some of Leicester's most important cultural institutions, including the CURVE Theatre, the Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre, and creative hub LCB Depot.
- Gain valuable, industry-relevant experience by contributing to the award-winning Demon Media group, which includes the Demon FM radio station and Demon TV.
- Through our Music, Technology and Innovation Institute for Sonic Creativity you can take part in events, undertake creative research, work with professional artists, lead workshops and contribute to international research projects.
- Benefit from guest lectures from music industry specialists. Previous guest speakers include Merzbow, Mira Calix, Tim Exile, DJ Sniff, Scanner, Pauline Oliveros, Brian Duffy, GRM, Leafcutter John, Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle), Keith Rowe and Evan Parker.