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Unit Overview


This unit introduces concepts and techniques of live and interactive technologies for live electronic music, sound installation and game audio. Topics include interactivity, inter-device and network communication protocols, instrument building, sensors and micro-controllers, and game audio design. Applications of interactivity are explored through creative work, problem solving tasks and programming exercises. The unit concludes with a final project-the design and programming of one or more interactive musical devices or systems.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design; Music major sequences
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) transform data from complex midi controllers; (2) design custom software for complex interactivity with midi controllers and other external devices; (3) program custom software for complex interactivity with midi controllers and other external devices; (4) develop skills with programming environments for game audio design; (5) combine sound synthesis, sampling and programming to create effective interactive music systems; and (6) coherently and logically communicate creative/technical ideas and goals regarding musical interactivity in both written and verbal formats.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) project 1; (2) presentation; and (3) project 2. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Tracy Redhead
Unit rules
MUSC2273 Electronic Music: Generative Processes
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
iPhone / Android app called TouchOSC $7.99 from the apple store or Android. Link here: (estimated cost - $7.99).
Contact hours
Up to 3 hours per week.

iPhone / Android app called TouchOSC
$7.99 from the apple store or Android. 
Link here:

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