• Due date:
    • 60sec video submissions due 11am every Tuesday in weeks 2–9
    • portfolio submissions due April 5 (week 5) & May 17 (week 9)
  • Mark weighting: 30% total (see below)
  • Submission: submit your videos & portfolio submissions according to the instructions below
  • Policies: for late policies, academic integrity policies, etc. see the policies page

Your next (group) AV diary submission is your week 5 one, and it’s due at 11am on Tues March 31. Both portfolio submission dates have been pushed back by one week as well.


Your audiovisual (AV) diary is a way to try things, keep track of ideas and generally develop your creative practice through a series of videos. It’s like a weekly vlog, except that you don’t have to say “like and subscribe” at the end.

In this course each week you’ll learn about a particular computer music concept (through our flipped lectures), and the lecture content will include a particular “creative provocation” for you to respond to in your AV diary entry.

The videos you’ll produce aren’t just dumb “box-ticking” deliverables, though—we’re going to listen to, play with & discuss the things that you and your classmates have made during the workshop timeslot.

Weekly videos

Remember: the specification & submission instructions for your AV diary are in two parts—this information relates to the weekly video part.


Each week’s submission must include:

  • a 60 second video of your own work exploring the week’s theme, which
  • all files (e.g. Pd patch files, Extempore source code files, sound files & other assets) required to re-produce your submission (in a subfolder called materials)

  • a 200-word reflection on how your work responds to the weekly provocation (as a pdf file called week-N-reflection.pdf)

In other words, the structure of your folder (before you zip it up and submit it) should look something like this:

├── materials
│   ├── my-story.pd
│   └── childhood-sound.wav
├── week-N-reflection.pdf
└── week-N.mp4

Note: if you’re not willing to share your patch files & other materials with other LENSers, let Ben know asap. The default will be that everyone’s patch files will be shared (just within this LENS cohort).

Submission process

You must submit your 60sec video and associated files as a single zip file through Wattle by Monday 9pm every week (from weeks 2–9 inclusive).

Tips on making a good weekly video

  1. small & focussed is ok—you don’t have to build a huge thing every week

  2. think deeply about the provocation: brainstorm 10 ideas, try out 3 of them, pick the best 1 (this will help with the “small & focussed” aspect as well)

  3. you don’t have to record it all in one take—you can record several screencasts and cut together the best bits

  4. think about the layout of your patch (font size, object positions, comments, etc.) to make sure it’s going to be interesting viewing (as well as listening)

  5. if you saw something interesting in a classmate’s video the previous week, ask them (on Slack) how they did it


Remember: the specification & submission instructions for your AV diary are in two parts—this information relates to the portfolio part (due in weeks 5 & 9 only).


Even though you submit something every week, you won’t receive a mark each week. Instead, you’ll be marked through two “portfolio” submissions:

  • an 1000-word pdf document (filename portfolio-1.pdf) due on April 5 (end of week 5) which covers AV diary entries 2–5

  • an 1000-word pdf document (filename portfolio-2.pdf) due on May 17 (end of week 9) which covers AV diary entries 6–9

Each document must articulate your combined (and edited) reflections on your AV diary submissions for the specified weeks, explaining how each one explored the theme and creative criteria for that week. Include figures, screenshots, and code excerpts in your documents as necessary. You do not need to re-submit the videos—we have them already from your weekly submissions.

The purpose of this portfolio is to tell a story about how you (both as an individual and a group member) have explored the key music computing concepts through your AVD submissions. Don’t just give us a week-by-week description of what you submitted each week—draw out “common threads”, tell us why you chose to respond to the provocations in the way you did, and show us your development as a LENS member and computer musician through these AVD submissions.

Submission process

Submit each document (in pdf format) through Wattle by 11:59pm on the due date.

Marking criteria

Each stage of your portfolio is worth 15% of your total mark, and will be assessed entirely based on the submitted (pdf) document. The marking criteria (based on the course learning outcomes) are:

  • demonstration of the fundamental aspects of music computing covered in the course including digital synthesis, algorithmic composition and musical interface design

  • engagement with the weekly provocations, including critical examination and self-reflection on how they shaped your AV diary submissions

  • clarity of communication, overall narrative structure of the portfolio (i.e. does it read like a cohesive document, or just like 4x 200-word reflections copy-pasted together?)

  • adherence to the spec & submission deadlines for the weekly videos

Updated:    16 Jan 2021 / Responsible Officer:    Head of School / Page Contact:    Ben Swift / License:    CC BY-NC-SA 4.0