CCOG for MUC 274 Spring 2024

Course Number:
MUC 274
Course Title:
Microcontrollers for Artists
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Course Description

Introduces a variety of sensor and motion-tracking technologies and their application in the arts. Includes the design of new physical user interfaces for musicians, dancers, public spaces, galleries and commercial installations. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Utilize introductory knowledge of Arduinos or similar microcontrollers to program gestural and data-driven control for multimedia experience design.
  • Apply knowledge of a wide variety of sensor and motion tracking technologies for interactive multimedia and art applications.
  • Design physical user interfaces for use by musicians, dancers, public spaces, galleries and commercial installations.
  • Write and execute basic microcontroller applications that read, write and transform data from sensors and control lights, sound and motors.
  • Design, build, and program custom light installations.
  • Demonstrate basic competence in soldering.

Course Activities and Design

Material for the course will be presented in a lecture format along side hands-on lecture/lab work.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • In and out-of-class projects reviewed and evaluated by the instructor
  •  Instructor observations of student demonstrations of hands-on proficiency

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • An introduction to basic textual programming
  • The Arduino environment and hardware
  • Sensing light with photocells
  • Sensing and analyzing sound
  • Motion capture, Infra-red and Ultrasonic rangefinders
  • Soldering
  • Light control
  • Motor control
  • Physical interface design