Module code: MUSM050

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to enable you to develop and refine skills in recording and manipulating acoustic sound using a ‘home studio’ setup. The module facilitates a wide range of approaches including producing a seamlessly edited recording, audio and MIDI editing and sequencing, assembling separately recorded tracks and the creative use of advanced sampling techniques. The possible applications of this module range from producing a demo CD/showreel of performances or of instrumental compositions to entirely electro-acoustic works, informed by historical and contemporary practice.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

MERMIKIDES Milton (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

The following is an indication of the likely content of the module:

  • ‪Audio recording, editing, sequencing and processing

  • Sample instrument use and creation

  • MIDI recording, editing, sequencing and processing

  • Effects, processing, mixing and mastering

  • Engagement with a range of electro-acoustic techniques based on historical and contemporary creative and technological practice and repertoire

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a proficiency in both technical skills and creative application in the field of studio techniques, relevant to their specific creative practice.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Portfolio (with supporting commentary) of studio projects that demonstrate an appropriate technical level and awareness of relevant studio techniques. (Learning outcomes 1-9)

Formative assessment

Weekly exercises (often based on historical and contemporary electronic works or approaches), which provide feedback on appropriate technical and creative skills.

(Learning outcomes 1-9)


Is provided via Surreylearn, tutorials and in-class discussion.

Module aims

  • To develop and refine the practical skills necessary to record acoustic sound sources clearly and cleanly using a standard ‘home studio' setup.
  • To develop and refine the technical skills necessary for the creative manipulation and processing of recorded acoustic sound and MIDI data.
  • To foster an understanding of the history of creative studio techniques and current artists' work relevant to your own practice.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Record acoustic sound sources clearly and cleanly using a standard ‘home studio' setup. KPT
2 Make technical and creative use of the resources of Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) mixing and editing software. KCPT
3 Use recorded acoustic sound sources to create personalised sampled instruments. KCPT
4 Critically evaluate your work and that of current relevant artists. KCPT
5 Effective use the DAW as a compositional resource in a range of idioms KCPT
6 Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques/methodologies from historic and contemporary practice applicable to your work. KCPT
7 Analyse and operate in complex and unpredictable, possibly specialised contexts, and have an overview of the issues governing good practice. KCPT
8 Demonstrate technical expertise and perform smoothly with precision and effectiveness; be able to adapt skills and design or develop new skills or procedures for new situations. KCPT
9 Show originality in problem solving. CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enhance students’ theoretical understanding of studio techniques as well as help develop their application of the module concepts in a way that is relevant to their creative practice.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • The module consists of eleven two-hour lectures. The lectures will include theoretical and practical demonstrations of studio techniques.

  • Students will be expected to complete weekly tasks developing independent practical knowledge of the module concepts.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music (Conducting) MMus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Music (Performance) MMus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Music (Composition) MMus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.