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HONS 381 Homework 1

Assigned Date: Mon, Jan. 28, 2013
Due Date: Mon, Feb. 4, 2013
Due Time: 10:40am

Last modified on February 06, 2013, at 08:30 PM (see updates)


This assignment focuses on:

  • identifying background research related to a project
  • developing knowledge-gathering techniques and research skills;
  • gaining experience with use of academic resources and student support services, including the library and information technology; and
  • using appropriate critical thinking skills and problem-solving techniques.


  • Find one journal or conference paper related to computer music, laptop ensembles and orchestras, or the connection among music, numbers, and nature. These papers must have a reference/bibliography section and have been published in an established conference or journal.
    • Possible starting points include:
    • Do NOT use Wikipedia or other Internet-only articles. Using Google is fine, as long as the articles you find have gone through an academic refereeing process (i.e., appear in a refereed journal or conference).
  • Write a summary of why you thought this article was interesting/important, and what have you learned from reading it (about 500 words). We do not expect you to fully understand the article. (Note: Some articles are easier to read than others, so select your article well.)
  • Write 2-3 questions you have from reading the article.
  • Create a bibliography with six items.
    • The first item should be the original article.
    • Look at the references at the end this article, and highlight two references that you find interesting and think that they may help you better understand what the article is about. Add those two references to your bibliography.
    • Add three more references related to this topic, which you think may help you better understand what the article is about. Those articles should not be listed in the references of the original article.
    • Here is an example of such a bibliography (use this format):
      1. Corey Manders and Steve Mann (2006), "Handheld Electronic Camera Flash Lamp as a Tangible User-Interface for Creating Expressive Visual Art Works", Proceedings of the 14th annual ACM international conference on Multimedia, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, pages 509-518.
      2. Steve Mann (2001), Intelligent Image Processing, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
      3. Ernest Edmonds, et al. (2004), "Audio-Visual Interfaces in Digital Art", Proceedings of the 2004 ACM SIGCHI International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, Singapore, pages: 331-336.
      4. Joseph Nalven, et al. (2005), Going Digital: The Practice and Vision of Digital Artists, Course Technology.
      5. Subrata Dasgupta (1994), Creativity in Invention and Design : Computational and Cognitive Explorations of Technological Originality, Cambridge University Press.
      6. Peter Maning (2004), Electronic and Computer Music, Oxford University Press.
  • Make a printout of the original article, and highlight interesting passages. Write comments and questions on the margins. Also, highlight the two references you selected to include in your bibliography.


  1. You will submit a printout of your assignment at the beginning of class on the due date.
  2. You should use MS Word or Google docs to type up your document and format it appropriately.
  3. Submit a printout of your document. The document should contain:
    • Your name, class, date, etc. at the top
    • The title of the article you found.
    • The summary of why you thought this article was important and what have you learned from reading it (approx. 500 words). Again, we do not expect you to fully understand the article (but you should be able to understand some of it).
    • Two to three questions you have from reading the article.
    • The bibliography with six items (as described above).
    • Attach a printout of the original article (highlighted as described above).
  4. Also submit a PDF of your document, and a PDF of the article on OAKS.


Your grade will be based on how well you followed the above instructions, and the depth/quality of your work.

Be prepared to present your findings in class.

Relevant Quote

"We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely." ~ E.O. Wilson