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Pop, Rock & Electronic Production Techniques & Aesthetics - MUS00113I

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  • Department: Music
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Tim Wright
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

  • To develop an understanding of the history and development of audio production for pop, rock and electronic (particularly dance and dance-derived) music genres.
  • To provide experience in individual production work: building a portfolio of audio creations that demonstrate an understanding of modern production aesthetics and an ability to adopt, adapt and innovate to develop a personal production style.
  • To develop technical and critical listening skills relevant to these ‘interventionist’ forms of production.
  • To further develop presentation and discussion skills within the seminar format.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand the major developments in sound recording technology, technique and aesthetic in popular musics (including pop, rock and electronic) since the development of consumer stereo formats.
  • Be conversant with the concepts ‘producer as composer’ and ‘studio as musical instrument’.
  • Be able to solely devise and undertake production and post-production of rock, pop and electronic styles and reflect on the outcomes.
  • Be able to make meaningful and useful observations on technical and aesthetic aspects of contemporary and historical popular music productions.
  • Be able to make informed, relevant and insightful contributions, as both leader and participant, to discussion and peer listening seminars.


Task Length % of module mark
Listening seminar presentation
N/A 10
Portfolio with commentary
N/A 90

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Listening seminar presentation
N/A 10
Portfolio with commentary
N/A 90

Module feedback

Written feedback within 6 weeks of assessment date. See statement of feedback on page 74 of the departmental handbook

Indicative reading

Rock: The Primary Text – Moore, 2001.

The Producer as Composer Moorefield, 2010.

The History of Music Production – Burgess, 2014.

Perfecting Sound Forever – Milner, 2010.

Audible Design Wishart, 1994.

The Art of Recording – Moylan, 2014.

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