Summer School Schedule

intensive summer school on

22.07-01.08 2015
Aalto University Finland,
Royal Academy of Music Aarhus / Aarhus University Denmark
Mälardalen University Sweden.

Prior day one: The student will be provided with a selection of papers that frame the theoretical background of the course as preparation. Suggested Papers


July 22 (Day 1 Wednesday) MDH Campus – Högskoleplan 1 – room R1-121

10:00 Introduction – overall purpose of this course – schedule – projects (NIME+composition) – outcome. MDH Campus 10:00. Showing Google Map of the different venues.
10:45 Presentations – Students one minute self pitch
11:15 Presentions – Lecturers. Koray Tahiroğlu, Morten Riis, Jennie Schaeffer, Rikard Lindell (Oğuzhan Özcan, Håkan Lidbo, David Möllerstedt (TE), Marc Dillon (Jolla)
12:00 Lunch Catering (Elena Mircevska)
13:00 Excursion Norberg (Photo Elicitation of sites) bus from the University Campus
The students get to know the Mimer Laven, the environment of the closed down steel mill, and the fire-ravaged forest in Västmanland. The aim is to provide inspiration for design and an understanding of the spatial conditions for design.
14:00 Norberg festival area ending with Fika at Elsa Andersson Cafe.
16:00 Bus tour to the fire raved forest (Guide onboard)
19:00 Back in Västerås

Group 1
Duarte Regino Juan Carlos
Hverring Kristian
Mirzaie Shra Arefeh

Gutierrez Escamilla Ana Isabel
Jalving Anna
Kade Daniel

Eyes Ben
Jongejan Laurits

Piquemal Sébastien
Mikkelsen Tobias
Mossberg Oskar

Rapo Janne Matti
Xamanek Xenia
Strandell Johan

Valtteri Wikström Don Janne
Andersson Marie-Louise

July 23 (Day 2 Thursday) Västmanlans museem

We have access to the four different spaces at the museum. Each with some restrictions.

Pedagogen, the upstairs lecture room.
Looked with a key, and available between 10:00 and 16:00

Workshops, here is all tools and materials, woods wires etc. The workshops are located behind the exhibition.
You can bring anything from here as long as it is returned later. The door is opened with an RFID tag key: we have two keys at the moment. And must be opened by pushing the opening button. Do not pull the handle.
The workshops are available between 10:00 and 16:45. The alarm is switched on at 17:00 sharp. Bring stuff you need to Frizonen and the offices for work after 16:45.

Frizonen, is part the exhibition but we can use it as office/workshop room.
We have access to the room up to 21:30. The alarm is witched on 22:00 sharp.

Office, we have access to four office rooms behind Frizonen. Here is also a small kitchen we can use. The office has a back door we can use for.
Looked with RFID tag key: we have two keys at the moment. We have access to the room up to 21:30. The alarm is switched on 22:00 sharp.

10:00 lecture
What is the materiality of sound? – A critical perspective (Morten Riis)
The course will begin with introducing the critical theory of Materiality taking into account the use of Data in different domains, through investigating the materiality in the physical and digital dimension in music practice.
Formal and forensic materiality within digital systems: Unraveling the digital object.
To read: (Kirschenbaum, 2012, pp. 1-71).
Human, non-human and digital objects: An object-oriented ontological perspective
To read: (Daniel, 2014; Harman, 2012)
[A]historical materiality: From retro-mania to microtemporality.
To read: (Riis, Andersen, & Pold, 2014)

11:00 lecture
Design Thinking ReReading – transforming tradition materials into new design Oğuzhan Özcan from MDH Concept generation – critical approach to Design Thinking.

12:00 lunch

13:00 Hands-on session – 45 minutes
Design Exercise sketching + visualising project ideas (Jennie Schaeffer)

14:00 Project tutoring
students will work in teams, on their performance/composition project ideas. Teams will present the initial project ideas and get some critics / comments / feedback
All involved teachers

15:00 Student presentation of initial project critique (Koray Tahiroğlu, Morten Riis, Rikard Lindell, Jennie Schaeffer, Oğuzhan Özcan)

17:00 Group work

18:00 Tutoring ends
21:30 Leave the museum (Rikard Lindell assure closure)


July 24 (Day 3 Friday) Västmanlans museem
10:00 lecture
New interfaces for musical expression (Koray Tahiroğlu)
The lecture will explore the role of Novel controllers and interfaces in the concept of musical expression. The lecture will present detailed analysis of selected works, highlighting the technological, performance aspects.

Open discussion – reflections on possible /potential project ideas

guest lecture
How to make your ideas financially viable? (Håkan Lidbo)
Håkan Lidbo, producer of more than 300 records and creator of lots of strange music interaction projects, talks about what music will be in the future.

12:00 Lunch

hands-on session
Introduction to DataFlow Programming with Pure Data environment (Koray Tahiroğlu)
This is an introductory course for the students to get familiar with the uses of computers in designing and processing sounds with Pure Data environment.

Getting started with Arduino (Rikard Lindell + Koray Tahiroğlu)
Sensing the World: Arduino+sensors+PureData

18:00 Group work (students will work in teams, on their performance/composition project ideas.

21:30 Leave the museum. (Koray Tahiroğlu assure closure)


July 25 (Day 4 Saturday) Västmanlans museem
10:00 lecture

Performance, Space and Composition strategies (Morten Riis and Jennie Schaeffer)

Overview of composition and design strategies for time, space and sound.

The [Democratic] Open Work: From Cage to the digital revolution.
To read: Eno. Generating and Organizing Variety in the Arts. in: (Cox & Warner, 2004, pp. 226-233) Cage. The Future of Music: Credo. in: (Cox & Warner, 2004, pp. 25-28; Pold & Andersen, 2012)
Phenomenology and space by Jennie Schaeffer.

11:00 lecture

Physical Interaction (Morten Riis + Rikard Lindell + Koray Tahiroğlu)
Broader perspective on physical Interaction which will focus on the physicality of the body, positioning the musician/performer at the center of interaction as the active component for creating meaning and aesthetics of the music performance. Also the exploration of site specific sound design and physical materiality – a repairmans perspective.

To read: (Cascone, 2000; Riis, 2013)
Reading suggestion: chapters 1 and 2 from Chris Crawford – The Art of Interactive Design.
12:00 Lunch

13:00 hands on session
Arduino to Pure Data

13:30 design exercise
Connect the real world to digital sounds ( Arduino to Pd)

15:00 Group work (students will work in teams, on their performance/composition project ideas.

18:00 Design Critique and Project Progress Presentation

21:30 Leave the museum. (Morten Riis assure closure)


July 26 (Day 5 Sunday) Västmanlans museem
10:00 lecture

Design Critique and Project Progress Presentation
(including a break)

12:00 Tutoring ends

21:30 Leave the museum. (Rikard Lindell assure closure)


July 27 (Day 6 Monday) Västmanlans museem
10:00 lecture
From Stage to Mobile: New Performance Paradigms (Rikard Lindell + Koray Tahiroğlu)
Attending Experiential Qualities in software development.
Mobile performance paradigms
Readings – NIME publications

11:00 guest lecture
David Möllerstedt (Teenage Engineering)

David Möllerstedt talks about Teenage Engineering and product development with design, technology and audio in focus.

Teenage Engineering is a studio for future commercial products and communication.
David Möllerstedt talks about Teenage Engineering and product development, the products range from the $59 Pocket Operators done with Cheep Monday through the OP-1 all-in-one portable wonder to the OD-11 cloud speaker. David has also worked with audio at EA – DICE and synthesizers at Elektron and will bring experiences from process in those environments as well.

13:00 Lunch

13:00 Realisation Group work (students will work in teams, on their performance/composition project ideas.
18:00 Tutoring ends
21:30 Leave the museum. (Koray Tahiroğlu assure closure)


July 28 (Day 7 Tuesday) Västmanlans museem
10:00 lecture
Utilization of Sound Synthesis Techniques (Morten Riis and Koray Tahiroğlu)
Historical perspectives on synthetic sound? Herman von Helmholtz, Stockhausen, Roads e.g. The promise of utopia. Overview of Advanced Sound Synthesis with Pure Data – convolution, phase-vocoder granular ( play – repitch – correlations).

11:00 Realisation Group work (students will work in teams, on their performance/composition project ideas.

12:00 Lunch
13:00 Realisation
18:00 Tutoring ends
21:30 Leave the museum. (Morten Riis assure closure)


July 29 (Day 8 Wednesday) Västmanlans museem
10:00 Realisation Group work (students will work in teams, on their performance/composition project ideas.

Design Evaluation Strategies

11:00 Realisation

18:00 Packing
21:30 Leave the museum. (Rikard Lindell assure closure)


July 30 (Day 9) – July 31 (Day 10)

10:00 Bus to Norberg
The course moves to the Norberg festival on Thursday July 30th. The students continue to develop their designs as a contribution to the festival. This allows for to make design studies on audience response. It also provides time for preparation of installations and rehearsals of performances as an opened process to the audience and festival visitors.


August 1 (Day 11): This is the day for performances and installations exhibitions.

August 2 : Everyone goes home


Cascone, K. (2000). The Aesthetics of Failure: “Post-Digital” Tendencies in Contemporary Computer Music. Comput. Music J., 24(4), 12-18.

Cox, C., -, & Warner, D., -. (2004). Audio culture : readings in modern music. New York: Continuum.

Daniel, D. (2014). What Is a Digital Sound Object? O-Zone: A Journal of Object-Oriented Studies, 1(1), 84-96.

Harman, G. (2012). On Vicarious Causation. Collapse, 2, 187-221.

Kirschenbaum, M. G. (2012). Mechanisms : new media and the forensic imagination. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

Pold, S., & Andersen, C. U. (2012). CONTROLLED CONSUMPTION INTERFACES – WHEN DIGITAL CULTURE BECOMES SOFTWARE BUSINESS. A peer-reviewed journal about, 1(2).

Riis, M. (2013). The Media Archaeological Repairman. Organised Sound, 18(3), 255-256.

Riis, M., Andersen, C. U., & Pold, S. (2014). A Dialogue on Cassette Tapes and their Memories. A peer-reviewed journal about, 3(1).