Week 1

Class structure and locations
Laboratories (Com 101): demonstrations (~1hr) and practicals (~1hr)
Lectures (Hel040)

- If you don't have the parts, you can't do the practical
- Decide what you want to do as soon as feasible and order the parts.  
Some parts may be available from Com 101, but we can't guarantee that.
- Bring along cameras, etc., and you'll be able to complete 
many of the tasks straightaway.  Try to make videos as high quality as
possible, but they don't have to be perfect.
- Try to make any examples or demos as musically interesting as possible.
- Practicals are not 'compulsory', but you're recommended to 
make use of them in one way or another, maybe to get more 
components?  Lab working is different from class working.
- Balance between technology and art
- Website, VLE and Facebook group.
- Tom Igoe's Physical Computing Course - an excellent resource
- Makespace
- Dorkbot Anglia
- Sonic Pi
- Hacking Chip Tunes ("we are all hackers"; if you're interested in this, please consider it)

Hel040 Seminar
- Who am I?
- What is research?
- When am I available?
- Previous examples and introduction by previous students, showing direction of travel
- Disruptive technology and disruptive innovation
- Metaphors of electrical activity: why?  Book: There Are No Electrons
- Electrical Derby
- Voltage and current
- Basic Electronics 1: resistance
- Simulations
http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/resistance-in-a-wire
- Circuit Construction:
http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/circuit-construction-kit-dc
- http://fritzing.org/
- MacSpice  
- NIME papers. Organise presentations. Claim via Facebook.
- Circuit Bending Videos
- The Gig Economy
- Lynda.com Digital Audio Principles

notes

Com101 Laboratory
- Access to Com 101
- Practice, practice, practice
- The Materials list and local and online Suppliers
- How to Solder
- http://www.ladyada.net/learn/soldering/thm.html
- Complex soldering
- More hints and tips about soldering
- Batteries, wall-warts, power supplies

Task 1: Cable: Make your own cable (part of the logbook)
Task 2: Laying on of Hands and Hacking the Clock (part of the logbook)

For next lab
- bring components to make an audio cable of your choice 
(see task 1)
- bring in some electronic toys, gadgets, pens or cards 
which record, basically anything that is battery powered 
(or that doesn't plug into the mains), a speaker (mains 
powered is better for this) and a cable that plugs into 
the speaker.

Practical
Soldering practice (maybe clip leads), 
or you can go and get components for next week.

Reading and listening, follow-up work
All reading is available via the course reading list.  
Many sources are available electronically.
- AlgoMech symposium keynote: Godfried-Willem Raes - Robots get better, people don't (subject for a presentation?)
- experiment with changing batteries and attaching toys to power supplies
(long but appropriate power supply tutorial here)
- The Seven Basic Rules of Hacking
- Sniffing Glue and Hacking

- Collins, N., (2009) Handmade Electronic Music, New York: Routledge
- Ghazala, R.,(2005) Circuit Bending, Indianapolis: Wiley Publishing
- Alvin Lucier
--- Music on a Long Thin Wire
--- Music for Solo Performer
--- Music for Solo Performer
--- Crossings

- David Tudor
--- Rainforest I
--- Neural Synthesis
--- Neural Synthesis 6
--- About Neural Synthesis

- Matt Rogalsky
--- Octet
--- Primes
--- Discipline: Till the Morning Shows Her Face To Me
--- David Tudor.org

Pauline Oliveros, homepage
Gavin Briars, Made in Hong Kong: 
http://thecollection.soundandmusic.org/sites/default/files/migrated/scores//3097w.pdf

 

Task 1
 - Cable

task 1 due: w13
task 1 weighting: logbook (50%)