Esmuc Master's Degree in Composition with Technologies

Master's Degree Composition with Technologies ESMUC


Places available 15
Calendar October 2020 - June 2021
Schedule From Monday to friday, 18h to 20h.
Teaching language Catalan, Spanish, English
Fees 5.700 €



To ensure all scheduled teaching, facilitate access and reduce the need for mobility of enrolled students, the 2020-2021 academic year this master's degree will be taught in a blended way with online classes during the first quarter (extendable depending on the development of the situation) and the remaining months in face-to-face format.

Consequently, the schedule of the program will also be adapted so that the most practical subjects and contents that require institutional equipment are concentrated on the face-to-face period, as well as the completion of the final project.


The anachronic figure of the technical assistant who helped the composer to generate and to program the electronic part of his works has nowadays the same lack of sense than needing someone to help the composer to orchestrate because of one being untrained to do it by oneself. The composer is responsible for every sounding element (electronic or instrumental) that configures a work, and that’s why new generations of composers who wish to use these means know that to them it is as necessary to learn harmony, counterpoint or orchestration, as to master concepts, techniques and computer programs for the generation and processing of sound, its sequencing and spatialization, etc. New compositional techniques necessary to compose with current technology, nowadays already indispensables in the training of new batches of composers and performers wishing to work present repertoire with these means. 

This Master’s program was designed and offered for the first time in the school year 2007–2008 as part of the ECMCT (European Course for Musical Composition and Technologies), the Leonardo da Vinci European project. This project aims to define contents and methodologies at a high level for a post-graduate course based on the latest technologies. This project was developed in collaboration with prestigious European institutions specializing in this field: IRCAM (Paris), Technische Universität (Berlin), Universität der Künste (Berlin), Musikhochschule Hanns Eisler (Karlsruhe and Weimar), Sibelius Academy (Helsinki), Muzyka Centrum Art Society (Krakow), Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (Tallinn).

The current Master’s in Musical Composition with technologies draws on the experience and covers many different technical aspects and specialized programs, as well as concepts and techniques inherent in the creation and structuring of a well elaborated  musical discourse. This discourse includes both the aspects of the instrumental writing and the technology. The knowledge acquired in this program converges in the elaboration of a mixed work for instrument and electronics in a free format that could be with instrument and tape or a work which interfaces and/or interacts in real time.