Electronic music: Introduction to interactive music systems

Course Information
TitleΗλεκτρονική μουσική: Εισαγωγή στα διαδραστικά μουσικά συστήματα / Electronic music: Introduction to interactive music systems
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID600014643

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Mousikṓn Spoudṓn (2017-sīmera)

Registered students: 12
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationElective Courses845
Music CompositionElective Courses845

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Students that complete the course are expected to: • Develop a basic understanding on using microcontrollers (like Arduino) • Build elementary circuits * Entry level programming skills in Arduino IDE • Get acquainted with the use/programming of sensors (piezoelectric, photoresistors, motion sensors) • Be able to build a small-scale sound installation
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction (history of interactive systems, modern trends). Circuits. Components of electronic circuits (LEDs, Resistors, Diodes, Transistors, switches). Sensors (Pressure, Light, Motion, Distance, IR, Ultrasonic). Programming in Arduino IDE. Collaboration with students in the process of preparation of an audio installation to be set up at the end of the semester accompanied by a written work with a short theoretical part and a description of the process and techniques used during the project.
Interactive Music, Arduino, Sensors, Contemporary Music
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Course Organization
Laboratory Work150.5
Reading Assigment130.4
Written assigments200.7
Artistic creation301
Student Assessment
Students are expected to build a sound installation using techniques that have been presented during the course. The sound installation is accompanied by a written report (up to 1000 words) explaining the techniques used in the composition of the project as well as issues of basic aesthetic intentions / decisions the students had to make during the composition of the work. The works are exhibited at the Department of Music Studies and the student community is invited to explore them. Creativity, teamwork and the ability to solve technical and aesthetic problems during the project completion are contributing to the final grade.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Artistic Performance (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Roads, C. (1996), The Computer Music Tutorial, MIT Press McNutt, E. (2003), ‘Performing Εlectroacoustic Μusic: Α Wider View of Interactivity’, Organised Sound 8(3) Menezes, F. (2002), ‘For a morphology of interaction’, Organised Sound 7(3)
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