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Unit of study_

CMPN3634: Interactive Media and Sound Installations

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Sydney

This unit will focus on electronic music composition involving new paradigms brought about by real-time performance, installations, network technology, human computer interaction, gestural control and integration with visual arts and video animations. This unit of study will also investigate the available literature on topics such as multimedia, interactive and installation work in the context of contemporary sound art practice.

Unit details and rules

Unit code CMPN3634
Academic unit Composition and Music Technology
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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CMPN1013 or MUSC2653
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Damian Barbeler, damian.barbeler@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Damian Barbeler, damian.barbeler@sydney.edu.au
Benjamin Carey, benjamin.carey@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Final project
Presentation, report
50% STUVAC
Due date: 08 Nov 2022 at 14:00
10 minutes, 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Presentation Sound apparatus
Presentation
25% Week 04
Due date: 23 Aug 2022 at 15:00
10 minutes, 500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation group assignment Relational agents
Presentation, report
25% Week 08
Due date: 20 Sep 2022 at 15:00
10 minutes, 500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Group assignment with individually assessed component = group assignment with individually assessed component ?

Assessment summary

  • Sound apparatus: Using your own chosen materials - digital or analogue - and make an object or system that creates sound. Invent new sounds and new methods of play with a new apparatus. Present your work for the class to interact with and note how different people interpret your object to create new sounds. Also, provide a brief report describing the concept and theory behind its implementation.
  • Relational agents: In groups of 2 to 3, devise an installation or performance that requires some form of audience participation. Students must also provide a brief report (500 words) describing the concept and theory behind the project’s implementation. This report is to be written individually - i.e. one report per group member.
  • Final project: Create a new work that explores the techniques and forms that have been examined in the class through the semester so far. The work should be accompanied by a report, clearly detailing the concept, techniques and inspiration for the project, as well as some reflections on your cumulative learning throughout the semester.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The following assessment criteria are used for performance work in this unit of study:

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

Comprehensive and outstanding technical control and musical integrity in relation to developmental expectations. Musical individuality consistently projected to create a persuasive personal representation of the work. Performance flair indicative of soloist standard. A mark of 95 or above indicates extraordinary technical virtuosity and musical artistry.

Distinction

75 - 84

Excellent technical, musical and stylistic achievement. Consistently coherent and expressive performance. Some personal interpretation of the work suggesting soloist potential. 

Credit

65 - 74

Confident technique with evidence of solid musicality and some stylistic achievement. Occasional lapses indicative of unresolved technical, artistic and/or stylistic issues. Projects potential for further development.

Pass

50 - 64

Satisfactory level of preparation and musical engagement. Some inconsistencies in musicianship, style and/or technique. Musical imagination and overall performance sense developing though some insecurity in this area.

Fail

0 - 49

Unsatisfactory technical achievement and/or unsatisfactory level of musical and artistic engagement. Limitations may be of such a scale and consistency as to call into question the student’s future direction in the programme.

The following assessment criteria are used for written work in this unit of study:

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

Demonstrates high level of initiative in research and reading; sophisticated critical analysis of evidence; high level engagement with theoretical issues, innovative use of reading/research material and impressive command of underlying debates and assumptions; properly documented and written with style, originality and precision.

Distinction

75 - 84

Demonstrates initiative in research and wide, appropriate reading; complex understanding of question and ability to critically review material in relation to underlying assumptions and values; analyses material in relation to empirical and theoretical contexts; properly documented; clear, well-developed structure and argument with some signs of literary style.

Credit

65 - 74

Evidence of broader understanding than pass level; offers synthesis with some critical evaluation of material; coherent argument using a range of relevant evidence; some evidence of independent thought, good referencing. A high credit (70-74) shows some evidence of ability to problematise and think conceptually.

Pass

50 - 64

Written work meets basic requirements in terms of reading/research; relevant material; tendency to descriptive summary rather than critical argument; makes a reasonable attempt to avoid paraphrasing; reasonably coherent structure; often has weaknesses in particular areas, especially in terms of narrow or underdeveloped treatment of question; acceptable documentation.

Fail

0 - 49

Work may fail for any or all of the following reasons: Unacceptable paraphrasing; irrelevance of content; poor spelling; poor presentation; grammar or structure so sloppy it cannot be understood; failure to demonstrate understanding of content; insufficient or overlong word length.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Lecture: Unit Overview. Interfaces and Protocols Survey Part 1: Interfaces for Musical Expression and Multimedia in Performance/Installations. Case Study 1. Tutorial: Group research into interface design concepts and techniques – present areas of interest Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 02 Lecture: Interfaces and Protocols Part 2: Digital Systems - cross-media communications. Case Study 2. Tutorial: Programming Concepts 1 – Control, User Input and Mapping Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 03 Lecture: Inspiration and Artistic Vision-led design. Case Study 3. Tutorial: Programming Concepts 2: Group work designing a rig based on an artistic brief Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 04 Sound apparatus presentations Presentation (2 hr)  
Week 05 Lecture: Composing an Experience - Non-Linearity, Space and Form in Sonic Installations. Case Study 4. Tutorial: Programming Concepts 3: Spatial control, aleatoric generation. Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 06 Lecture: Cross-media trigger approaches. Case Study 5: Synth Primitive. Tutorial: Group work – work/research for Assignment 2 Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 07 Lecture: Audience Participation and Agency in Sonic Installations. Tutorial: Individual Research and Guided Practical Work Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 08 Relational agents presentations Presentation (2 hr)  
Week 09 Lecture: Designing Connections Between Sight and Sound. Case Study 6 Tutorial: Audio-visual Programming Session Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 11 Lecture: Case Study 7 Tutorial: Guided Practical Work Lecture and tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 12 Flipped Seminar: Guided Practical Work Seminar (2 hr)  
Week 13 Flipped Seminar; Guided Practical Work Seminar (2 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: Students are expected to attend a minimum of 90% of timetabled activities for a unit of study, unless granted exemption by the Dean, Head of School or professor most concerned. The Dean, Head of School or professor most concerned may determine that a student fails a unit of study because of inadequate attendance. Alternatively, at their discretion, they may set additional assessment items where attendance is lower than 90%.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand digital technologies in various forms
  • LO2. demonstrate knowledge on the versatility of interdisciplinary electronic music
  • LO3. implement ideas within the technological environment
  • LO4. expand electronic music practice into new interdisciplinary forms of performance, installation, and new media art.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

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