Use music to complement visual material

Business Sectors (Suites): Post Production
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 01 Jan 2017


This Standard is about presenting music so that the audience hear it in the way intended. For incidental music that means enhancing the mood, atmosphere and specific action. For source music it means creating an authentic sound. This Standard should apply to anyone who is involved with using music to complement visual material.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. develop approaches to music with clients that take account of

    their vision and ideas

    1. agree the role of music and what it is to communicate with

    appropriate people

    1. develop ideas that help tell the story

    2. choose music that is capable of realising agreed ideas

    3. select material that meets production requirements, including the

    intention of the script, and are of a sufficient duration for required


    1. manipulate sound tracks to achieve level, balance, tonal quality,

    perspective and dynamic range that best communicates the

    required emotion or acoustic authenticity

    1. create a balance between music and other sound

    2. edit music to fit and complement visual material

    3. make critical judgements about, and control, audio quality against

    expected artistic and technical standards

    1. verify that music works as intended with edited visuals, checking

    your findings with colleagues and clients

    1. check that material is in a format and medium suitable for the

    required sound and equipment being used, converting between

    formats or media where necessary

    1. make sure music can be acquired and incorporated within agreed

    budget and schedule

    1. comply with copyright laws and conventions and pass on any

    relevant information about material to appropriate people

    1. maintain security for files and other materials in line with company


    1. keep accurate records of material you use and its sources

    2. return loan material by agreed deadlines and in a condition

    acceptable to lenders

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. the client or production requirements, including any script


    1. the technical and artistic requirements, including any technical


    1. the timescales, deadlines and other operational constraints of the


    1. how to collaborate and cooperate with clients in creative


    1. how to assess audio quality to expected artistic and technical


    1. how to source music and the impact that this can have on

    schedule and budget

    1. sound treatment and equalization

    2. how to manipulate and extend sound

    3. how to calculate timing

    4. characteristics of tonal quality and perspective

    5. the effects of different types of music on mood and emotion

    6. how people hear music in different settings

    7. the differences in quality between live and recorded music and

    how to approximate the sound of live performance

    1. the use of mono, stereo and multichannel sound to realise

    creative ideas

    1. how to create the effects of music in different acoustic

    environments and played on different equipment

    1. the importance of audibility of dialogue especially with regards to

    the impaired hearing of an ageing population

    1. how music can affect the clarity of other sound

    2. capabilities of and procedures for using sound recording


    1. current viewing standards and current professional, national and

    international standards of delivery and expressions of best

    practice for the range of platforms and content

    1. what copyright laws and conventions apply, how to get releases

    or licences and the impact that these will have on budget

    1. documentation and labelling requirements

    2. company systems for storage, back up and security


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

31 Jan 2020





Originating Organisation

Creative skillset

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Post Production Professionals

SOC Code



Post production; Production; Music; Sound