Music and the Moving Image 2

(MUSI 224)

Final assignment

Dr P Tagg, IPM, University of Liverpool


All students will complete one of the following two projects:
either A (composition) or B (dissertation)

Go to top of this file A. Composition to existing video footage


1 General     2 Composition - video/SMPTE - paper composition    3 Documentation   4 Assessment

Go to top of this file A1: Composition assignment: general points

Go to top of this file A2a: Composition assignment: video recording option

Go to top of this file A2b: Composition assignment: notated option

Your composition should be a correctly presented full score showing the following features above each system: [1] exact metronome marking(s); [2] seconds elapsed from the start of the musical cue; [3] cue points to the nearest eighth or tenth of a second; [4] story board showing, where appropriate: [a] on-screen action; [b] dialogue; [c] sound effects; [d] visual editing events (cuts, zooms, pans, cross-fades, etc. Before submitting your score together with the relevant video cued up 10 seconds before the start of where your music starts, you should, if necessary, use the photocopier to reduce all sheets to A4 format (see Tagg's Assignment Tips).


Go to top of this file A3: Composition assignment: written documentation

Your composition (video recording or score) should be accompanied by a written explanation of the following: [1] your intentions with the music you have composed to picture; [2] how you think the combination of music and picture will work; [3] how and why you have chosen which cue points, etc. In the case of video recordings, documentation should also include details of sounds and instruments used.

Go to top of this file A4. Composition assignment: assessment criteria

Assessment is based on the following criteria:
  • [1: composition] synchronisation, pace, appropriateness of mood, originality;
  • [1a: video recording] use of technology; sound balance; sound quality
  • [1b: written score] detail; correctness of presentation; comprehensibility; legibility;
  • [2: documentation] clarity of intent and means of expression, semiotic awareness, language, legibility, presentation.
  • Weighting of evaluation: 65% for composition, 35% for documentation

    B. Dissertation

    You may opt to write a mini dissertation (minimum 5,000 words) on any topic relating to the creative and/or aesthetic and/or functional aspects of music for the moving image. The dissertation topic must be cleared in advance after consultation with the course tutor. Typically successful topics have been related to particular types or functions of music, for example advertising, news, sport, soaps, a particular film (other than the one analysed in the previous project), a particular film genre, a particular composer, etc.

    Assessment is based on the following criteria: clarity in presenting and solving a problem of knowledge, degree of innovation and independent research, theory and methods used, awareness of problems relevant to the topic (e.g. semiotic, musical-structural, social, commercial, political, technical, compositional), language, legibility, presentation.

    Go to top of this file    2000-08-24