Microcontrollers in Music HCI Instruction: Reflections on our Switch to the Atmel AVR Platform

Wilson, Scott and Gurevich, Michael and Verplank, Bill and Stang, Pascal

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

Over the past year the instructors of the Human ComputerInteraction courses at CCRMA have undertaken a technology shift to a much more powerful teaching platform. Wedescribe the technical features of the new Atmel AVR basedplatform, contrasting it with the Parallax BASIC Stampplatform used in the past. The successes and failures ofthe new platform are considered, and some student projectsuccess stories described.