The sound recording producer, as the person most immediately responsible for making a recording, often needs a strong grasp of various recording techniques as well as interpersonal skills which reflect an understanding of human psychology, as well as technical expertise. In the hip-hop & R&B genre, where the creation of a recording and the act of providing a distinctive sonic quality may be one and the same, therefore, artists are often listed as their own producers. SRT 259 will explore music production from both the artist's and producer's perspective, while distinguishing between the two perspectives. Students will create individual productions using various techniques introduced in class which will build upon what was learned in SRT 159. Emphasis will be placed on individual and group critique where students analyze and discuss the various student productions based on the theory and techniques of production.