MOD000607 – Sensor Technology (ARU, Cambridge)

. Due to module leader, Dr R. Hoadley’s sabbatical leave, the ARU 3rd year Sensor Technology module will be thought by Krisztián Hofstädter (module tutor). This website contains essential information you need to familiarise yourself with. The VLE will be updated as well, however please use this website for your studies. The material outlined here is an essential part of the course. As it is not an online course, you have to come to the lectures where the lecturer explains the tasks and gives feedback on your progress. .


Monday 10:00 – 11:00 BRY015 Workshop Soldering, etc.
Monday 11:00 – 13:00 HEL040 Lectures/Workshop


What to submit?

You will need to submit 5 tasks on USB/DVD/VLE [ clarification will be in class ].

# Task Name Weighting
1 Task_01_Ard_SC 10%
2 Task_02_Ard_Max 10%
3 Task_03_Ard_Music 10%
4 Task_04_Ard_Servo 10%
5 Task_05_Final 60%

Task_01_Ard_SC (10%)

Your submission has to show some understanding of interfacing the Arduino board with the SuperCollider environment. Add value to your tasks by changing the code/sensors used as examples in the lecture in either the SC or the Arduino environment, or both. Use any ‘communication protocol’ for the interfacing, just make sure it’s stable with your applications and hardware.

Task_02_Ard_Max (10%)

Same as task_01, but interfacing Arduino with Max instead of SuperCollider.

Task_03_Ard_Music (10%)

Your submission has to show some understanding of the use of the Arduino C language for creating musical practices without the use of an additional musical programming language like SuperCollider or Max. Add value to your tasks by changing the code/sensors used as examples in the lecture.

Task_04_Ard_Servo (10%)

Your submission has to show some understanding of using servos for creative musical practices. You can use the Arduino environment only or you can receive control signals for your servos from SC or Max or elsewhere. Add value to your tasks by changing the code/sensors used as examples in the lecture.

Individual Project (60%)

In consultation with the Module Tutor, design a project based on an idea linked to Sensor Technology for instance a piece of installation art or technology to perform music with. This project can be based on one of the four smaller tasks, however in this case you have to make sure that you develop it vigorously.

Task 1-4 will be based on examples covered in week 2 – 5. All tasks should be accompanied by the following: a) Brief, but comprehensive documentation. The word limit for this module is 500 words. Use around 100-200 words to comment/explain the first 4 tasks and 300-400 words for the individual/final task. b) Videos of the working task. Please ensure that any videos you include in your portfolio are compressed (e.g.mp4), rather than dv or mts. c) Code/patches/external objects/… When you used code/patches/… provided in class or from the internet, make sure you indicate where it comes from. Be aware of plagiarism – credit other people’s work. Note: Task_05_Final will have to be performed/demonstrated on week12. .

To help focus

What should you focus on when you work on your tasks? The ARU Creative Music Technology is in the Arts department. It is advisable to focus on aesthetics and music rather than on sophisticated technology and code. This is a bit tricky of course. Here a quote from the module guide: ‘The External Examiner is very impressed with the scale and originality of the course, making many references to its uniqueness in higher education. We are in agreement with his belief that the emphasis of the module should remain aesthetic and musical rather than technical.’ Yes, please focus on music when it comes to the submissions and not on ‘really clever’ code. Have a look at some good submissions from 2011/2012. They many times use little code but make the best out of it. You’ve probably heard : LESS IS MORE. Try to work out something with the sensors/code that is stable and later focus on how to use it to create an aesthetic and enjoyable outcome. .


2pm Monday December 22nd .

Assignment Criteria

Your work will be marked according to the criteria set out in the document Artefact Creation. Virtual Learning Environment: VLE The Stech2014 outline created on this website by the module tutor is based on the module leader’s, R.Hoadley’s module guide and his stech2012/13 outline.