Interactive Music Systems (W3081)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

You will explore the use of interactivity in performance contexts with strong technological components. The topics of live electronics, hyper-instruments, sound art installations, audiovisual performance systems and multi-channel spatial sound will be covered through practical exercises and projects. The relationship between acoustic instruments and live electronics, as practiced over the past decades, will be studied together with 20th century notation practices. The concepts of embodiment, improvisation and collaboration in performance contexts are explored through theoretical and practical seminars and workshops.

The module includes a hardware-building component using the popular Arduino technology amongst others. You will learn the basics of electronics together with soldering and hardware hacking. You will create an instrument or an interactive live electronics system for musical expression, focussing on the performance element of electronic music.


50%: Lecture
50%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Portfolio, Project)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: