Realtime Interaction and Performance


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in the 1st semester.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

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

The conceptual elements focus on real-time systems for musical interaction, including musical perspectives on the concepts of 'controllers' (interfaces and devices) and 'mapping', which are studied in depth. The musical context is a core focus in the class, including the study of expert interaction, analyzing concepts such as playability, explorability, non-linearity, control, expressiveness and virtuosic interaction.

The course focuses on technical concepts and aspects needed for state-of-the-art real-time interaction implementations. Different programming languages and paradigms for real-time communication protocols between applications are studied in the context of new interfaces for musical expression.

Learning objectives


Students who complete the course module will obtain the following qualifications:

  • Understanding the concepts of real-time interaction.
  • Knowledge on the history and study of technology-based 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 course module will obtain the following qualifications:

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


Students who complete the course module will obtain the following qualifications:

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

Type of instruction

Lectures and laboratories.



Name of examRealtime Interaction and Performance
Type of exam
Oral exam
In accordance with the current Joint Programme Regulations 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 codeMSNSMCM2171
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen, Campus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Sound and Music Computing)
Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design