Electronic & Produced Music
The Electronic and Produced Music Department provides a range of specialist disciplines within which to study a wide array of electronic and produced music, from experimental Sonic Art to mainstream Film Scoring. Dedicated world-class teaching and state-of-the-art facilities prepare you for a career in this growing and fast-paced industry.
About Electronic & Produced Music at Guildhall
Electronic Music | Film Music | Sonic Arts | Game Audio | Live Electronics | Popular Music Production | New Media
The Electronic and Produced Music Department provides a range of specialist disciplines within which to study a wide array of electronic and produced music, from experimental Sonic Art to mainstream Film Scoring.
Dedicated world-class teaching and state-of-the-art facilities prepare you for a career in this growing and fast-paced industry.
The disciplines reflect specific career paths that demand a specialist technical and artistic focus. You will choose one Principal Study discipline on entry to set the bias of your studies, but may incorporate elements of others in line with your career goals. Postgraduates tailor a unique Electronic Music pathway combining a variety of our disciplines:
- Electronic Music: a broad curriculum involving activity across all disciplines
- Film Music: music for films, commercials and animations working with emerging directors and animators (including film, television, radio, theatre, production music)
- Sonic Arts: electro-acoustic composition, sound art, installations, experimental music
- Game Audio: music, sound and programming for games
- Live Electronics : live performance with electronics (from DJing to experimental performance)
- Popular Music Production: songwriting and production across all genres
- New Media: creative musical expression with new technology
Electronic & Produced Music contact details
Barnaby Medland, Electronic & Produced Music Department Manager
Tel: 020 4522 8112
Masterclasses & Projects
Beasts of London - making the immersive digital experience
Guildhall School celebrates 125 years of Tower Bridge
Film Scoring Masterclass with Logic Pro X
Film Making Masterclass with Final Cut Pro X
Logic Pro X Masterclass - Part 1
Logic Pro X Masterclass - Part 2
Electronic and produced music represents the largest growth area in the music industry today, and suitably skilled musicians and producers enjoy a wealth of viable career opportunities. Guildhall’s dedicated world-class teaching and real-world vocational approach prepare you for a rewarding career in this fast-paced, rapidly evolving industry.
The disciplines reflect specific career paths that demand a specialist technical and artistic focus. You will choose one Principal Study discipline on entry to set the bias of your studies, but may incorporate elements of others in line with your career goals.
For example, a student studying Film Music may wish to also incorporate elements of Game Audio as a complimentary skill. Students preferring a more general curriculum across all areas will find the Electronic Music discipline most suitable.
Transfer of discipline, where this makes sense, is possible. The most likely scenario is a transfer from general Electronic Music to a more specialist discipline as your artistic direction matures. Changing specialist discipline is subject to a formal approval process and meeting specified criteria.
Cross-departmental collaboration is actively encouraged, and all students have the opportunity to work on major projects in fulfilment of their curriculum. Visiting professionals deliver regular masterclasses to enrich the curriculum and provide industry insights, and partnerships with major film, animation and game schools enhance opportunities further.
Our vocational approach means that we prioritise major projects that respond to real-world opportunities, often working hand in hand with the School’s commercial arm, Guildhall Live Events, and the Production Arts Department. In producing music ‘to brief’, there are termly opportunities to record with the groundbreaking Guildhall Session Orchestra – a fully professional ensemble.
As an undergraduate student, weekly one-to-one lessons in your specific discipline with one of the Department’s expert professors will allow for a totally individualised approach to developing your artistic excellence and skills. This core learning is supported by a range of classes in common techniques and whole-Department creative workshops. Each year, you will submit two folios of individual work, a series of technical exercises, and a portfolio of contributions to cross-departmental projects.
Read more about the BMus programme structure.
The postgraduate programme provides a fast-paced and diverse preparation for professional life, allowing you to explore and refine your individual artistic specialism in or across several of the Department’s Principal Study disciplines.
At MMus level, you will spend the year producing three portfolios of musical activity: original artistic output, collaborative projects and project leadership. This is supported through one-to-one lessons, classes, and collaborative sessions. You will also have the opportunity to diversify your studies through elective modules.
Progression to MComp conditional on results from MMus
Exceptional students on Part 1 are given the opportunity to continue their studies at the MComp level. During this year, students independently undertake a portfolio of three self-directed artistic projects, alongside their one-to-one tuition, strengthening their artistic and professional development.
Activities & Facilities
Electronic Music activities
- Weekly one-to-one tuition in specific disciplines, with mentoring and supervision
- Weekly cross-year and cross-discipline creative workshops focusing on artistic projects
- Weekly common techniques seminars
- Termly collaborative projects
- Regular partnerships with external organisations, venues and clients
Guildhall School offers dedicated studios for Electronic & Produced Music students. Our main studio is specifically designed for the front and back end of the production process (recording and mixing/mastering), featuring an acoustically isolated control room, recording booths and tie lines to multiple spaces for recording of larger ensembles.
We run Quested, Genelec and PMC monitors, a collection of high quality microphones and preamps, and Macintosh computers with Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Max/MSP, Sibelius, IRCAM ForumSoftware, Cubase, Ableton, and a growing collection of additional software to aid compatibility.
A recording studio, run by staff, serves the entire School, but Electronic Music students can book the live room outside normal operational hours. The live room provides space for medium-sized ensembles and houses a Steinway B grand piano.
Student intake to the Department is carefully proportioned to ensure that access to facilities is excellent - representing one of the UK’s best student equipment ratios for programmes in Electronic Music.
An exciting range of live equipment including state-of-the-art DJing rigs, ROLI Seaboard Ensembles and portable DAW facilities ensures that our music reaches far beyond the studio.
Highlights, Successes & Alumni
- Masterclasses delivered by Harry Gregson-Williams, Steve Reich, Tory Miller, Imogen Heap, Stephen Endelman, Kevin Kerrigan, Leafcutter John, Rupert Collinson (AIR), Trevor Wishart, Robert Henke, Debbie Wiseman, Richard Tognetti, Kathinka Pasveer, Mica Levi, Matt Black (Coldcut), David Wrench and more
- Official music for the Illuminated River project – London’s largest public art commission
- Soundtrack for the Museum of London immersive experience, Beasts of London
- Projects with Waddesdon Manor, including soundtracks and sonic installations for Waddesdon Christmas Carnival and music for
the Waddesdon Manor Imaginarium
- Music to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Tower Bridge
- Silent film projects with Barbican Film
- Performances at Glastonbury Festival
- Performances at the Barbican Centre
- Partnerships with RAM Records, Musicity, Met Film School, London Film Academy, Courtauld Gallery, National Gallery, National Theatre, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Gresham Centre, Musicity, National Trust, Culture Mile and more
The alumni profiles and links below provide further insight into the breadth and scope of this dynamic programme: