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Unit information: Music recording and production in 2019/20

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Unit name Music recording and production
Unit code MUSI20124
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Mr. Scott
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit will offer an opportunity for rigorous development of studio theory and techniques. The portfolio will focus on recording and production techniques for 'popular' musics, including a critical commentary on the recorded work.


This unit aims to give students a theoretical grounding in recording and production techniques. It also aims to developing their practical skills in the context of contemporary popular music styles. They will produce a short portfolio of work on an agreed topic in this area, and will gain experience of working with live musicians. The unit will be taught through a mixture of interactive practical and theoretical seminars, workshop sessions with live musicians, and tutorials to help students with work-in-progress, and offer formative feedback

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, a successful student will:

  1. demonstrate technical skill in specific areas of studio activity
  2. devise and structure a practical project, from conception and source study, through studio activity, to finished product
  3. document this process
  4. demonstrate critical awareness of the relationship between your creative activity and appropriate contextualising practices and/or genres
  5. present media and documentation to a high standard

Teaching details

8x 2 hour classes

1x 6 hour practical workshop

11 hours of consultation time

Assessment Details

Submission of a portfolio of recorded materials as agreed with the unit director (ILOs 1,2,5), with documentation (up to 1000 words (ILOs 2,3,4,5). (100%)

Reading and References

  • David Miles Huber Modern Recording Techniques, 5th ed. (Focal Press, 2001).
  • Bartlett & Bartlett Practical recording techniques (Focal Press, 2002)
  • John Eargle Handbook of Recording Engineering, 4th edition (Kluwer Academic, 2002).
  • John Eargle The Microphone Book (Focal Press, 2001)
  • Francis Rumsey, Tim McCormick Sound and Recording: an Introduction (Focal Press, 2002)
  • William Moylan Understanding & Crafting the Mix: the art of the recording, 2nd edition (Focal, 2007)