Morning 9am - 12:30pm

  • Opening Sketching Exercise
  • Class Overview
  • Signal flow and toolchain
  • Context, History, Examples
  • Electronics overview
  • Background and Intro To Microcontrollers, Arduino and Teensy Platforms

Afternoon 1:30 - 5pm

  • Hands on Lab 1: Button In, MIDI out
    = Goal: Send and receive data between Teensy and Computer software.
    = Challenge: Make an interesting instrument with two buttons.
  • 2:30pm Roger Lecture - Some fun ideas and sensors to use for your projects (30 minutes)
  • Finish Hands on Lab 1


  • Sketch 10 ideas
  • Bring your lunch so that we can have a short lunch break on Tuesday.


Morning 9am - 12:30pm

  • Design Thoughts 1: Bill Verplank Interaction Design Sketchbook
  • Design Thoughts 2: Bill Verplank Button vs Knob. Continuous vs Discrete Gestures
  • Sensor Brainstorm Exercise
  • Sensor Lecture 1: FSR, Bend, Photocell, Pot, Softpot, Hall Effect, Piezo, Homemade Sensors, Textiles
  • Continuous Sensing in Teensy AND Scaling data on the Teensy, Mapping Data in your DAW

Afternoon 1:00pm - 5pm

  • 2:30 - 4pm Present your ideas to the class.
  • 4pm - 5pm: What’s inside LinnStrument and how I created it (60 minutes)


  • Homework: Make a rough plan for three of your ideas

Optional Lectures

Please note that given the time constraints of this one week workshop, we can only provide a short introduction to each of these subjects and pointers to places where you can go to learn more.

  • Motors, Kinetics and Mechatronics - The Basics, Further Resources and Interesting Work.
  • OSC: Open Sound Control
  • CAD Design
  • Haptics
  • Max/MSP
  • Sound Synthesis
  • Audio Effects


Morning 9am - 12:30pm

  • Materials for Makers Lecture
  • Sourcing Parts and Materials
  • Sensor Lecture 2: Proximity, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Encoders, Capacitive
  • Sensors, and IMU
  • Serial Protocols (i2c, SPI and UART) AND MIDI Clarified
  • Sensor Lecture 3: Sensing Systems - Wii, Leap Motion, Sensel, Cameras, etc
  • Physical Interconnects - Advantages, Options, Demonstration
  • Teensy Audio Library

Afternoon 1:30pm - 5pm

  • 1:30 Creating a music product, part 1: How to create a proof of concept of your product idea at low cost (max 30 minutes)
  • Hands on Lab 2: Knob In, MIDI CC Data out
  • Wednesday Afternoon Get Going on projects if ready.


  • Homework: For one of your ideas, make a detailed plan or proof of concept.


Morning 9am - 12:30pm

  • Optional Bonus Lectures based on class interest
  • 10am Group check in about the state of your piece
  • 11am Creating a music product, part 2: Turning your idea into a cost-effective and - manufacturable product (max 30 minutes)
  • 11:30am Individual working with consultation

Afternoon 1:30pm - 5pm

  • Individual working with consultation


  • Wrap up your project and concentrate on how you will demonstrate it on Friday.


Morning 9am - 12:30pm

  • Morning - Make any final adjustments to projects and setup in stage.


1pm - 3pm Final Projects
3pm - 4pm Wrap Up Conversation
4pm - 5pm Clean Up

Roger’s Course Guide: