Module title:

Sensor Technology

Module code: MOD000607
Module tutor: Krisztián Hofstädter -- krisztian.hofstadter[at]anglia.ac.uk
Module leader: Richard Hoadley -- richard.hoadley[at]anglia.ac.uk


Tuesday 11:00 – 12:00 in Hel040 (changed from COM101)
Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 in Hel040


Concentrating on aspects of technology that encourage 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 and/or exhibition. Module materials will be based on electronic components used for a variety of methods of controlling hardware and software: sensors, chips and boards for the creation and manipulation of sound. Of equal importance will be the implementation of the crucial and complex links between technology, performers, sound, the audience and the various interfaces and interactions involved. 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 provide a basis for the student’s own criteria and judgement.

An initial series of practical exercises will hopefully encourage you to develop a range of technical skills with embed systems (Arduino) and the use of appropriate computer software (Arduino C, SuperCollider, Max, Processing). Assessment is via the production of a portfolio of materials accompanied by a brief critical evaluation (text, video demonstrations)that should place your work in the context of current trends in sensor technology practice in connection to music.

A materials charge may apply for this module.


Student-tutor communication is in class or in emails. Start the subject of your email with 'Stech - ' for organisational purposes. Thank you.

Besides information on this website, the tutor and students will share important and interesting information on the module's Facebook group. Please join!


Your attendance will be monitored here.

Outline and notes are based on my previous teaching of this module and the module leader's module page.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." ~ Albert Einstein