Music Production in Context

Module code: 870P4
Level 7 (Masters)
30 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module will introduce you to a broad set of skills in modern music production including issues such as pre-production, studio production, mix and final mastered product. These issues will be discussed in the context of analysis of current and historical practices in music production referring to writer/practitioners such as Mick Brown, John Borwick and Bruce Bartlet. The importance of planning will be stressed but technical aspects such as microphone placement, drum recording and vocal recording will also be considered.

The module will critically examine the balance between interpretation and constraints placed on production and creativity by industry. You will produce a musical work in recorded form that gives evidence of knowledge of production methods as well as embodying a creative and critical response to the particular constraints of a music production brief. You are required to write a 1,500-word commentary as part of your portfolio demonstrating advanced understanding of theories and practices of music production.

Module learning outcomes

  • demonstrate advanced understanding of the theories and practice of music production
  • devise innovative methods and approaches to music production
  • evaluate music technologies in a production setting
  • reflect critically in writing on the student's own creative methods and outcomes