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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS2625 Electronic Music Creation and Production 2

20 creditsClass Size: 12

Module manager: Dr Oliver Thurley

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module focuses on developing advanced skills and techniques for creating electronic music. Typical areas of exploration indicatively include approaches to music production such as synthesis, sampling, automation and mixing, as well as more advanced topics such as field recording, FM and granular synthesis. An introduction to Max for Live allows students to develop new instruments and effects for Ableton using Max.


This module provides practical experience of creative electronic music practice, as well as a wider creative and contextual awareness of the field. Throughout the module, students will develop a range of advanced technical skills as found within contemporary electronic music. By the end of the module, students will have begun to develop a detailed, and critical approach to their own creation and production processes.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate practical skills and understanding of specified DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software and relevant music technology.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of a range of technical, creative and social approaches to creating and producing electronic music.
3. Evaluate their work in terms of key creative, technical and contextual aspects.


Sessions offer a practical and theoretical approach to a range of advanced topics that are central to contemporary electronic music production and creation. Indicative topics include technological developments in electronic music; compositional approaches; synthesis; audio processing and effects; field recording; granular synthesis; and developing Max for Live devices.
The module also aims to promote awareness of a range of contemporary issues in relation to technology and practice in electronic music (e.g. social, cultural, critical, historical).

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours78.00
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students are expected to use their private study time to research, develop and apply the practical and theoretical skills covered in classes (i.e. developing practical skills through work with software, listening and reading related material). A combination of weekly reading, research exercises and practical tasks administered via Minerva.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students complete regular exercises during and between sessions and are given formative feedback by tutors in class. Group-listening and discussions also allow for peer and self-directed feedback.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportProject report (800–1000 words)15.00
ReportProject report (800–1000 words)15.00
PortfolioPortfolio of music production work35.00
PortfolioPortfolio of music production work35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2018


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