MUSC2275 Electronic Music: Interactive Systems

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design major sequence
  • Level 2 option in the Fine Arts major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit introduces concepts and techniques of live technologies for music and sound design through the graphical dataflow-programming environment MaxMSP. Topics include software instrument design, interactivity, computer agency, inter-device and network communication protocols, sensors and micro controllers. Applications of human-technology interaction are explored through a variety of creative projects, problem-solving tasks and programming exercises. The unit concludes with a final project—the design and programming of a basic interactive software instrument or sound environment.
Students are able to (1) fluently perform programming tasks within the graphical data-flow programming environment MaxMSP; (2) understand and efficiently work with computer music communications protocols such as MIDI and Open Sound Control; (3) design and program a basic software instrument; (4) collect and control data from multiple interconnected devices, and use/manipulate that data in a musical context; (5) combine together concepts of sound synthesis, sampling, programming, spatialisation, network and device connectivity for creative purposes; and (6) effectively communicate functions of self-developed software instrument to others using discipline specific terminology.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) programming exercises; (2) presentation; and (3) final project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Christopher Tonkin
Unit rules
either MUSC1055 Electronic Music: Methods and Means
or CITS1001 Object-oriented Programming and Software Engineering
Contact hours
lab classes: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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