Digital Music Production - CMAT3120

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) TIM HOWLE checkmark-circle


On this module, students will be introduced to the digital audio workstation and key pieces of software in order to create original pieces of music. Fundamental technical skills in recording, editing, transforming and mixing sound will be developed. Examples from a range of contemporary styles will be examined and their musical characteristics will be analysed in order to provide compositional models for creative work.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 22
Private Study Hours: 128
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Composition Portfolio (approx.. 3 minutes) – 80%
Commentary (500 words) – 20%

Reassessment methods


Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Cox, C. (ed.) (2016). Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music. London: Bloomsbury.
Holmes, T. (2002). Electronic and Experimental Music: Pioneers in Technology and Composition. New York: Routledge.
Hugill, A. (2012). The Digital Musician. London: Routledge.
Wishart, T. (1997). On Sonic Art. London: Routledge.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Utilise industry-standard music software on the digital audio workstation in order to record, edit, transform and mix sound;
2 Use a range of compositional techniques in order to facilitate original composition;
3 Understand aspects of important contemporary musical styles and their associated contexts.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Be self-critical of work in progress, responding to the critical insights of others and investigating and assessing alternative methods and techniques;
2 Prioritise tasks and work efficiently on a project over a period of time;
3 Demonstrate flexibility of thought and an openness to new thinking.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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