Electronic Music Production & Performance Degree BA (Hons)

Craig Gamblen

Sequencing, sampling, producing and performing
Sequencing, sampling, producing and performing

Our Electronic Music Production & Performance degree covers everything you will need to build a career as a professional music producer/performer, including creative composition and artist collaboration, recording and mixing, and branding and promotion,

Whether it’s drum’n’bass or future bass, techno or ambient, house or neo soul that you love, whatever your preferred genre or DAW, our course will give you the freedom to develop your own sound, while taking inspiration from a variety of artists and genres. With access to software and equipment from Ableton, Arturia, Elektron, iZotope, Native Instruments and many more at our purpose built music studios in Manchester, you will have the potential to explore and experiment with your tracks like never before.

If you’re passionate about electronic music production and have the drive to take it full-time, our degree, professional-level studios and our expert tutors can provide you with practical experience and open up amazing opportunities, so you can achieve your goals.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about our Electronic Music Production and Performance degree or if you would like more information on how to apply, please contact our admissions team on 0161 276 2100 or manchester@spiritstudios.ac.uk.

Our Open Days are a great opportunity to see our music studios and facilities, meet our tutors and get a feel for what life as a Spirit Studios student is like.

Course Content

Creative Music Production

Introducing you to a range of music sequencing software and developing your creative skills across platforms, this module encourages you to experiment using a range of music technologies to produce a personal portfolio of compositions, while also promoting your individual style and abilities.

Electronic Music Performance and Technologies

Focusing on creative techniques using DJ-specific gear and software, you will explore a range of software and hardware, experimenting to create original compositions. Sessions will give you experience using Ableton Live, sampling and looping devices, Serato and Traktor, vinyl turntables, CD decks and prepared vinyl/CD.

Recording Techniques

Introducing you to a professional studio environment, this module will help you to develop key skills in studio techniques and procedures using a wide range of equipment, while also helping you to gain an understanding of signal flow and gain structure in recording. This module will also help develop interpersonal and collaborative skills.

Electronic Music Contextual Studies

Through development of your critical listening and production skills, and focussing on relevant debates and issues surrounding electronic music & DJ culture, this module will give you both a practical and contextual insight into key changes, events and practitioners in the industry throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, helping to develop your own understanding of the music you create while also advancing your research, analytical and practical skills, and your own career development.

Applied Electronic Music Production

Introducing you to more advanced creative and technical skills in music production, this module will help to develop your editing, mixing and remixing skills across various projects. Collaborating directly with a client or colleague, you will develop a portfolio of work integrating audio processing hardware and software, while showcasing both pre and post-production skills, and your ability to collaborate effectively.

Sound, Synthesis & Sampling

Providing you with skills in creating a sound library and a software sampler collection, this module will highlight the range of technical processes involved, considering the end user at all times. Through these sessions, you will produce patches for pro-audio applications, while gaining a clear understanding of the workflows involved, and the process of developing encoded and compressed audio files for a sound library.

Electronic Musician as Instrumentalist

Encouraging you to collaborate with other musicians, this module will explore your potential as an electronic musician within a larger composition and performance piece. You will develop technical and creative skills in using controller technology and encourage you to work independently in the studios, find your own collaborative partners, and work towards a finished composition together while analysing and evaluating your own creative processes.

Research Project

Professional Preparation One

As part of your own professional development, and working to an external client brief, you will develop a clear strategy to achieve the goals and requirements of the commissioning client. Assignments in this module will encourage you to think critically about your work, and use the skills and knowledge you have gained across other modules to create a product that meets specific criteria, and that you would be proud to present back to your client.

Advanced Electronic Music Production

Guided by your individual tastes and interests, this module will inspire you to think about your approach to composition differently. Focusing on synthesis and innovative techniques, you will apply creative strategies to generate original tracks, evaluate their success, and present them as a finished piece, thinking critically about your techniques throughout, while furthering your technical abilities in production and mastering.

Major Project

This is the time where you will test out everything you’ve learned during your degree, and you take your work to the public. Throughout this module and with tutor support, you will devise your own creative project, realise it to a highly professional standard whilst planning and managing its launch into the public domain. Focusing purely on your own creative goals, you can take your work in this module to a whole new level and take your first steps into the industry as a professional producer/engineer.

Professional Preparation Two

Exposing you to the range of career opportunities that are open to you across the creative industries, you will gain a range of key skills relevant to entrepreneurship and self-employment as well as professionalism and employability. Concentrating on preparing you for work as soon as you graduate, this module will help you understand how different businesses function in the music and audio industries, and how you can find your place within it.

Live Electronic Music Performance

Considering all performance aspects of a live DJ set, from the audio and sound reinforcement, to the lighting and live projections, you will create, prepare and perform a live electronic music/DJ set, while researching a range of approaches within emerging electronic music practice. Through this module, you will gain key practical skills in the preparation for creative sets, that effectively represent your music and yourself as a DJ/producer.