Core Module Information
Module title: Interactive Music Environments and Systems Design

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MUS09162
Module leader: Dimitris Papageorgiou
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

On this module you will explore interactive technologies, techniques, and paradigms for musical expression applicable to live performance, improvisation, composition, music production, sound design, installation art, and video games audio made possible by state-of-the-art interactive computer music environments and creative software systems like Pure Data (aka PD) and Max. The module will provide a comprehensive overview of the capabilities and potential of these programming environments and will guide you and support you towards developing your knowledge and skills on interactive music systems design and creative software development in the context of your own musical projects, artistic needs, and personal aesthetic frameworks. To that end, module delivery involves weekly lectures and seminars as well as scheduled practical classes and workshops. The module is structured around three key phases ensuring the development of interdisciplinary skills that are transferrable and overlap the creative industry and software industry sectors: · Phase 1 – Learning how to code: During phase one, you will learn the universal basics and how to code in the PD programming environment through a step-by-step and comprehensive learning & teaching journey accessible to all students, including those with no prior knowledge on coding. · Phase 2 – Implementing: During phase two, you will learn several classic and current synthesis and digital signal processing techniques for manipulating, sampling, and synthesising sound in real-time along with methods to encode, implement, and combine these techniques in PD towards making your own interactive musical systems. · Phase 3 – Creating: During phase three, you will be introduced to more advanced topics of musical interactivity — such as, algorithmic composition and generative audio, machine listening, adaptive DSP frameworks, among others — and you will be encouraged to apply creative knowledge gained throughout the trimester and to solve problems inherent in realising your final musical projects in the areas of performance, composition, music production, sound installation and design. The necessary historical and theoretical background will also support your technological understanding and aid your awareness of new and emerging music technology systems and discourses in the field of musical interactivity.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Demonstrate competence in creative software development coding workflows and creativity in approaches to interactive music systems design.

LO2: Implement and encode various synthesis and digital signal processing techniques in an accessible audio programming language, and develop an understanding of the ways in which computer music technologies work at a fundamental level.

LO3: Combine coding skill with creative knowledge and apply a problem-solving approach towards designing and creating custom-made interactive music systems in specialised areas and within personal aesthetic frameworks.

LO4: Establish awareness of historical developments and stay informed about new and emerging music technology systems and discourses in the field of musical interactivity.

LO5: Critically evaluate and reflect on your work to contextualise and justify technical and creative decisions in relation to your aims, intentions, and approaches.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, IN PERSON,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: IN PERSON
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Dimitris Papageorgiou
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Seminar 20
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 6
Online Guided independent study 150
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Practical 40 1~2~4~5 8 HOURS= Equivalent 1500
Project - Practical 60 1~2~3~4~5 Exam Period HOURS= Equivalent 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MUS09162 Interactive Music Environments and Systems Design