On a USB memory stick, you need to submit a portfolio of assignments by no later than 2 pm on Monday 18th Dec (week 13) to the iCentre. This portfolio needs to be accompanied by a short commentary (logbook) of maximum 500 words and visual documentation i.e. photography and/or video and screen recordings.

A1 Ard_SC (10%)
A2 Ard_Max (10%)
A3 Ard_Music (10%)
A4 Ard_Servos (10%)
A5 Final (60% - needs performing/demonstrating in week 12)

Your final assignment must be discussed with the module tutor by week 6.

In more detail

A1 Ard_SC

Module Assessment Weighting: 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 used as examples in the lecture in either the SC or the Arduino environment, or both or change the sensor. Use any ‘communication protocol’ for the interfacing, just make sure it’s stable with your applications and hardware.

A2 Ard_Max

Module Assessment Weighting: 10%

Same as A1, but interfacing Arduino with Max instead of SuperCollider.

A3 Ard_Music

Module Assessment Weighting: 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.

A4 Ard_Servos

Module Assessment Weighting: 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.

A5 Final

Module Assessment Weighting: 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 elements of the four smaller assignments, however, in this case, you have to make sure that you develop the idea further to the extent that it can be performed with.

Files to submit

All assignments should contain your code or patches and be accompanied by the following:

  • A brief, but comprehensive documentation that comments on your progress with the assignments. The word limit for this module is 500 words.

  • Videos of the working assignments. Please ensure that any videos you include in your portfolio are compressed (e.g.mp4), rather than dv or mts.

  • 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: A5 Final must be performed/demonstrated on week12. Students who don't perform loose 10% of their final mark.

Submission folder template

Submission folder template can be found here. Please download it and add your material.


For extra points:

10 Minute Presentation in Week 06

An oral presentation where a student examines an existing music project utilising sensors.

"The best way to learn is to teach." ~ unknown

Assignment Criteria

Your work will be marked according to the criteria set out in the document Artefact Creation. It will be marked by your tutor and moderated by another staff in the music department. Selected submissions will also be examined by external examiners from other universities.


What should you focus on when you work on your assignments? The ARU Creative Music Technology course 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 as there is a fair bit of programming involved. Here a quote from an earlier module evaluation:

‘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. 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 start focusing on how to use this stable environment to create an aesthetic and enjoyable outcome.

Good examples for final projects can be found on the Student Work page.

We think too much and we feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity; more than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness ~ Charlie Chaplin

Most important advice

The assignments should be considered as your own projects, not something you have to do for me or the university. Follow the rules outlined provided in this module guide, assessment criteria, etc., however, please keep in mind that the outcomes of your assignments can (and should) become part of your professional portfolios, which you later can use for networking, job hunting.

Do it for yourself, not for me!

Just do it! ~ ✔