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Sensor Technology

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Timetable 2012-13, semester 1
Class Monday 1000-1200 Hel040
Workshop Monday 1200-1300 Hel040
Richard Hoadley's office hours
(teaching weeks only)
Tuesday 1500-1700
Wednesday 1100-1200
Hel244



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Resources


 

to top of page  Performance/demonstration programme

Performance/demonstration programme
tba, Hel 040
Please read the detailed submission notes
SIDsNameemail Time
SIDNameemailTime

 

to top of page  Tutorial Groups

N.B. You are all invited to attend tutorial slots, but if you do so you must have prepared something for us to look at.
If you feel that you do not need to attend that is fine, but please let me know in order to release the time for those who feel that they need it...
Please come a little early if possible and be prepared to wait a little if necessary.
N.B., these slots have not yet been arranged into groups involving cognate projects, so there may be changes.
1200-1225
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to top of page  Summary

Sensor Technology Materials List

Concentrating on aspects of technology that enable live performance and audio manipulation, this module is designed to provide the knowledge and opportunity for students to create their own performances and sonic installations. Students will be expected to actively pursue their own opportunities for performance/exhibition. Module materials will be based around the type of electronic components used for a variety of methods of controlling hardware and software: sensors (for example, those used in game controllers); and, chips and boards for the creation, manipulation and storage of sound. Of equal importance will be the implementation of the crucial and complex links between technology, performers, electronic sound and the audience. Students will gain experience through a series of tasks and projects culminating in a final performance or exhibition. Students will submit their collected exercises in a portfolio, accompanied by audio-visual documentation as necessary and a brief critical evaluation, which should reference the current literature on sensor technology. This critical evaluation should place the student's work in the context of current trends in sensor technology as well as providing a basis for the student's own criteria and judgement. A materials charge may apply for this module.





to top of page  Content

  1. Investigate the effect of the user interface (software and hardware, including acoustic instruments) on musical performance.
  2. Review, test and use a variety of hardware/software resources.
  3. Design, implement and perform using custom hardware and software.




to top of page  Outcomes

  1. 1. Analyse particular technical requirements (for instance, choose a particular sensor or configuration of sensors to achieve a musical goal); design and implement solutions for those requirements;
  2. 2. Transform abstract data and concepts towards a given purpose and design novel solutions for instance capturing the data in particular movements and translating this into musical gestures;
  3. 3. Be confident and flexible in identifying and defining complex problems and the application of appropriate knowledge, tools/methods to their solution;
  4. 4. Operate in complex and unpredictable contexts, such as a musical performance, requiring selection and application from a wide range of innovative or standard techniques.
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to top of page  Reading and Listening

  • Banzi, M., (2009), Getting Started with Arduino, North Sebastopol, California: O'Reilly Media Inc.
  • Bishop, C. (2005) Installation Art, London: Tate Publishing
  • Broadhurst, S. and J. Machon (2006). Performance and technology : practices of virtual embodiment and interactivity. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Broadhurst, S. (2007). Digital practices : aesthetic and neuroesthetic approaches to performance and technology. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Dale D., ed. (2005-present) Make volumes 10-present: Technology on your time, North Sebastopol, California: O'Reilly Media Inc.
  • Emmerson, S. (2000) Music, Electronic Media and Culture, Kent : Ashgate
  • Igoe, T., (2007), Making Things Talk, North Sebastopol, California: O'Reilly Media Inc.
  • Miranda, E. R. (2006) New digital musical instruments: control and interaction beyond the keyboard, Middleton: A-R Editions
  • O'Sullivan, D. & T. Igoe, eds. (2004) Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers, London: Premier Press
  • Rosenthal, M. (2003) Understanding Installation Art, London: Prestel
Worth a look:
  • Cook, Perry R, 1999, Music, cognition, and computerized sound: an introduction to psychoacoustics, (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press)
  • Eduardo Miranda, 2001, Composing Music with Computers
  • Curtis Roads, 1996, Computer Music Tutorial, Part 5
Looking and listening:
  • Zimoun

 
 

 

to top of page  Resources You Will Need



Sensor Technology Materials List


 
 

to top of page Task and Project Summary, and Assessments

  • All assessment items should be accompanied by brief but comprehensive documentation. This should include photographs and videos of each task, including screenshots of the code that you have used. Please ensure that any videos you include are compressed (e.g. mp4), rather than dv. We are not interested in super-high-quality video for assessment purposes.
  •  
  • The word limit for this module is 500 words.
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  • All assignments should be submitted on Thursday 19th December 2013
  Task Set Value (%)
1 "Hello world!" w2i 0%
2 Vibrating a piezo w3i 10%
3 Connecting the Arduino, MaxMSP and SuperCollider w4i 10%
4 Group design project w4i 0%
5 Auduino w5i 10%
6 Servos w6i 10%
7 Triggering and modulating events w7i 0%
8 Investigating sensors w8i 0%
9 Multiplexing w9i 0%
10 Communicate Wirelessly w9i 0%
12 Make your own sensor w10i 0%
Final (Individual) Project Final Assignment - Choose some aspect covered during the course to concentrate on and complete a creative project for performance towards the end of the course.
The 60% weighting for the Individual Project includes the following potential deductions:
  • 10% for non-performance without good reason;
  • 10% for non-submission of a recording of you performing live;
  • Failure to submit either of the above will result in failure of the module.
In addition, your documentation will include a potential 10% deduction if it is unsatisfactorily presented.
w8i 60%

All assignments should be submitted to the i-centre on Thursday 19th December 2013



to top of page  Assessment Criteria

Your work will be marked according to the criteria set out in the document Artefact Creation (document available via University Login only).






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to top of page   Detailed Outline

Week Focus Project/Task
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- Assessments
- Introduction to Sensor Technology

Different Boards
Arduino - http://www.arduino.cc/
Wiring - http://www.wiring.org.co/
USB Create - http://www.create.ucsb.edu/~dano/CUI/
Gainer - http://gainer.cc/

Sensor Technology Materials List

If you haven't taken Circuit Bending 
(formerly Performance Technology)
You might want to go through a few things...
- Getting Started
- The Seven Basic Rules of Hacking
- How to Solder

- List of sensors (Wikipedia)
Task 1
 - "Hello world!"
task 1 due: Thursday 19th December 2013
task 1 weighting: 0%
task summary | VLE
Sensor walk: walk around your neighborhood, or a different one. 
Take a count of every interaction with a sensor you see. 
These might include:
- Pushbuttons on an ATM
- motion sensors on doors, taps, etc.
- Floor mats
- Cameras
Take pictures or video as appropriate, of the most interesting ones.

Prepare to take us through what you think is happening during next week's class.
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Reading
 Read the M.Banzi 'Arduino Getting Started', it will help you to understand the
- basics of the Arduino hardware and software
- basics of electricity (definitely worth reading from p.25)

Some revision from circuit bending
- Ghazala, Reed, (2005) 
Circuit-bending: build your own alien instruments, 
Indianapoli: Wiley Publishing) 
- Chapters 1 and 2

- Collins, Nicolas, (2006) 
Handmade electronic music: the art of hardware hacking 
New York: Routledge 
- Chapters 1 and 2

Focus
- Basic Electricity
- Make: Electronics

- Interactive Science Simulations
- Circuit Construction Lab
- Other resources: Fritzing, Macspice, Yenka

notes
Task 2
 - Vibrating a piezo
task 2 due: Thursday 19th December 2013
task 2 weighting: 10%
task summary | VLE


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Focus
- Breadboarding:
-- Intro on Sparkfun
-- Tom Igoe Tutorial/Site
-- Intro to Breadboarding [1MB pdf]
-- Intro to Breadboarding [505 KB pdf]
-- Intro to the Arduino [254KB pdf]

- Using a Piezo disc to make sounds
- Give the sounds a duration
- Generate and Modulate Pulses
- Notes Over the Serial Port with Duration Controlled by a Potentiometer
- Use the Arduino Board with Max (preview)

notes
Task 3
 - Connecting the Arduino, MaxMSP and SuperCollider
task 3 due: Thursday 19th December 2013
task 3 weighting: 10%
task summary | VLE
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Focus
- Group Design Project
- Connecting Arduino to Breadboard
- Ladyada Arduino Tutorials

notes
Task 4
 - Group design project
task 4 due: w5i
task 4 weighting: 0%
task summary | VLE | VLE
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Multimeter
Breadboard
- Presentation Chooser if necessary v001
- Group Design Project Presentations
Task 4
 - Group design project
task 4 due: w5i
task 4 weighting: 0%
task summary | VLE


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- Auduino
- Arduino Audio 1
- You might also want to look at the Daisybell project.
- Audio on the Arduino pages
- Audio on the Arduino page 1

notes
Task 5
 - Auduino
task 5 due: Thursday 19th December 2013
task 5 weighting: 10%
task summary | VLE
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- Arduinos, Motors and Servos
Make video connecting Arduino to a servo
- Using triggers in MaxMSP and SuperCollider

notes
Task 6
 - Servos
task 6 due: Thursday 19th December 2013
task 6 weighting: 10%
task summary | VLE
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- Wireless communication
- Using the internet
- WritingToArduino

notes
Task 8
 - Investigating sensors
task 8 due: Thursday 19th December 2013
task 8 weighting: 0%

task summary | VLE
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- 2013-14 update: Tutorials and Individual Project Discussions

Other information:
- Multiplexing
- Connecting to Processing

notes
Task 9
 - Multiplexing
task 9 due: Thursday 19th December 2013
task 9 weighting: 0%

task summary | VLE
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- Tutorials and Individual Project Discussions

No task
task summary | VLE
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- Tutorials and Individual Project Discussions
 
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- Performances
 


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to top of page  Reading and Listening

none
  • Heinrich K. Taube, 2004, Notes from the Metalevel: Introduction to Algorithmic Music Composition, (Swets & Zeitlinger)
  • Cook, Perry R, 1999, Music, cognition, and computerized sound: an introduction to psychoacoustics, (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press)
  • Eduardo Miranda, 2001, Composing Music with Computers
  • Curtis Roads, 1996, Computer Music Tutorial, Part 5

 
 

 

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