Studio Composition and Production

Module code: W3079
Level 4
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Workshop, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module builds upon the knowledge gained in the Studio Recording module, but the focus here is on composition and music production in modern recording studios. The module will introduce techniques used in typical digital audio workstation software, such as ProTools, Ableton Live and Logic, as applied in musical composition that includes composition for film. The workflow using software with open architecture digital mixers is introduced and practiced. Virtual instruments, sound effects, outboard effects and mastering tools will be used to gain high quality and professional sound in the recordings. 

In this module you will do weekly exercises in diverse techniques of music production and make a creative project where you put the learned skills into practice.

Module learning outcomes

  • Confidently use core electronic, computer music and production techniques covered in the module in creative compositional or production work
  • Confidently use digital audio workstation software in combination with a range of audio hardware to produce a professionally presented track
  • Describe and summarise key ideas and events in the historical development of electronic and computer music techniques used commonly today
  • Describe and evaluate a number of creative audio processes in modern electronic music production practice in a written commentary