MUSC H9Z04 - Interactive Systems

Full Title:Interactive Systems
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MUSC H9Z04
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will place the study of current music technology in perspective, covering the development of electronic musical instruments, and the consideration of the human as a user of this equipment. Students will consider factors in human computer interaction, and will be required to design an intertactive instrumental interface for music production.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of interactive instrument design innovations and current trends.
  2. Illustrate an awareness of the many HCI considerations for musicians and composers.
  3. apply to their own work the skills needed to develop interactive systems using data flow programming languages.
  4. show a critical awareness of existing user interfaces developed for audio creation and modification.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Overview of music technology development in the 20th Century
Human Computer Interaction
Introduction to data flow programming
Interface design and HCI considerations for musicians and composers
Introduction to MIDI as a standard for communication between musical interfaces
Introduction to psychical computing
Interconnection of interfaces using the MIDI protocol
Realtime control: interaction between live performers and computer-generated sound
Music-Image parameter mapping
Alternative communication protocols
Multimedia ramifications and considerations for Interactive system design
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Project CA consists of a series of data flow programming exercises. 1,2,3,4 50.00 0 0 Sem 1 End 0
Project The final project takes the form of a working interactive system, developed to the level of a fully functional prototype. 3,4 50.00 0 0 Sem 1 End 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Practical Practical demos/talks/workshops 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study n/a 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Nic Collins 2009, Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking, Routledge
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Winkler, T., Composing Interactive Music: Techniques and Ideas using MAX, MIT Press, 2000
  • Chadabe, J., Electric Sound: The Past and Promise of Electronic Music, Prentice Hall, 1996
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_HMUSC_R Master of Arts/Master of Science in Music Technology 2 Elective