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Sound Recording Techniques & Aesthetics - MUS00104C

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  • Department: Music
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Paul Baily
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module summary

This module develops individual listening and recording skills. Technical and stylistic listening is developed in earlier staff-led seminars, recording skills are developed by presentation of students' own work for critique by staff and peers at later seminars.

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

To develop an understanding of the history and practice of sound recording for western art music (WAM).

To provide experience in individual recording work: building a portfolio of productions which demonstrate an understanding of recording aesthetics for WAM and ability in the relevant recording techniques.

To develop technical and critical listening skills appropriate to WAM productions.

To introduce the seminar (both reading and listening) format and to provide experience of making formal/prepared and informal/spontaneous contributions.

Module learning outcomes

Understand the major developments in sound recording technology, technique and aesthetic and their effects on WAM over the last 150 years (particularly since the advent of consumer stereo).

Be able to solely devise and undertake production and post-production of acoustic WAM and reflect on the outcomes.

Be able to make meaningful and useful observations on technical and aesthetic aspects of acoustic recordings.

Be able to make informed and relevant contributions, as both leader and participant, to discussion and peer listening seminars.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 90
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
N/A 10

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 90
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
N/A 10

Module feedback

Formative assessment on portfolio items is provided by staff and peers during seminars. Summative assessment of seminar presentation and final portfolio submission is provided within four weeks of assessment submission date.

Indicative reading

The Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music ? Cook, Rink, Clarke and Leech, Wilkinson, 2009.

Beyond the Score ? Cook, 2014.

Capturing Sound: How Technology has Changed Music ? Katz, 2010.

Ring Resounding ? Culshaw, 2012.

The Art of Record Production ? Frith and Zagorski-Thomas, 2012.

The History of Music Production ? Burgess, 2014.

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