No day as a music student is ever the same, there’s always something different and fun to do. For example, one day I’ll be in a lecture looking at the philosophical aspects of music, and another day I’ll be at a film shoot working as a sound recordist.
10.00am: Most days will start off in the base room either doing independent work or having a lecture.
The more academic lectures cover the history of music technology, such as the creation of the synthesizer and the start of experimental music such as Avant Garde, as well as the philosophical and social aspects of music, looking at Plato and questions like, ‘Can we take the word popular out of popular music?’
12.30pm: After lectures we’ll go for lunch in the refectory or to one of the many cafés around Farnham (the best ones are in the Lion and Lamb Yard!) until the next part of the day.
1.30pm: After lunch a variety of things can happen — there could be another lecture, a tutorial, workshop or guest lecture. Some days when there’s a free afternoon a few of us may have a jam session.
Afternoon lectures are usually either more practical or look into music and related industries. During these lectures we learn how music is implemented into other creative art industries and the effect/impact it has.
6.00pm: In the evening we usually go to one of the many pubs in Farnham (my favourite is the Cobbett) or an event at the Students’ Union.
When I’m not out socialising, I enjoy working on different collaborations with other students. At the moment I’m working with second year Games students, creating the sound and music for an AAA-style horror game.
I also have an ongoing project with a few members of staff at UCA called Sea of Cables, where we gather in different spaces such as the James Hockey Gallery and make ambient/experimental music by responding to what we each play.