Realtime Interaction and Performance


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

This module focuses on the study of real-time interaction from several perspectives, both conceptual and technological.

The conceptual part starts discussing the concept of real-time focusing on real-time musical interaction because, for millennia, musical performance has constituted the paradigm of rich and complex real-time human-machine-interaction. From this musical perspective the concepts of 'controller device' and 'mapping' are studied in depth. The musical context is a core focus in the class, including studying expert interaction, analyzing concepts such as playability, explorability, non-linearity, control, expressiveness or virtuosic interaction.

The technological part of the course starts by defining and studying the more important technical concepts and aspects of real-time interaction and implementations. After that, different programming languages paradigms and different real-time communication protocols between applications are studied.


Learning objectives


Students who complete the module will gain qualifications as follows:

  • Understand the concept of real-time interaction
  • Knowledge on the history and taxonomical study of musical instruments
  • Understanding the concept of musical controller, mapping and feedback
  • Understanding realtime human-computer interaction in a musical performance perspective.
  • Understanding protocols for realtime communication in musical performance


Students who complete the module will gain qualifications as follows:

  • Apply knowledge to the design of an interface for musical expression.


Students who complete the module will gain qualifications as follows:

  • Apply appropriate methods and theories for realtime interaction to the design of a novel interface for musical expression.


Type of instruction

Lectures and laboratories. There is no project associated with this course.



Name of examRealtime Interaction and Performance
Type of exam
Oral exam
In accordance with the current Framework Provisions and directions on examination from the Study Board for Media Technology: Oral examination comprising examination in a) theoretical parts (lectures) and b) practical part (laboratories), grading according to the 7-point scale with internal censor.
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
Please see Semester Description.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleRealtidsinteraktion og –udførelse
Module codeMSNSMCM2145
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design