CC227: Creative Computing II

Note: this page relates to the course as taught until the 2010-11 academic session. Materials for IS52020B: Perception and Multimedia Computing are available elsewhere.

This page contains a reading list, slides, lab notes, and other materials for IS52020A (Creative Computing II, also known as CC227) for the 2010-11 academic year.

For Christophe Rhodes' contact details, please see his home page or his departmental web page. For Marcus Pearce's contact information, please see his home page.


Slides, lab sheets, and other lecture material will be made available here after the corresponding lecture.

Autumn 2010

Winter 2011


There are two courseworks, each worth 15% of the total credit for this module:

  1. Due Friday 28th January: Colour and Images [image]
  2. Due Friday 18th March: Sound and Music Processing [audio file]

Resit Coursework

The coursework for resit candidates is due by 4pm on Thursday 1st September: Image Information Retrieval [image]


Visual perception
cones, rods and the eye; optical illusions; colour vision; colour spaces and profiles; motion perception and Gestalt psychology.
approaches to animation; perception in video and film; making animations; visualisation.
Sound, hearing and music
sound and the ear; frequency, pitch and harmony; melody; rhythm; digital audio formats and compression.
the nature of signals; special signals; audio signals and sampling; frequency, amplitude and phase; the Fourier representation.
linearity and time-invariance; impulse responses and convolution; spectral analysis; convolution by spectrum multiplication.
Audio and image filtering
EQ; filter design; subtractive synthesis; echo and reverberation; resampling; image representation; two-dimensional convolution and image effects.
Multimedia information retrieval
retrieval, fingerprinting and similarity; features and distance measures; systems for multimedia information retrieval.

Reading List

Essential Reading

The essential material in the course is based around two subject guides, shared with the University of London External Programme. Final drafts of the two subject guides can be downloaded here:

In addition, substantial excerpts and some extra materials are available at the External Programme's news page, and on the External Programme's page for volume 1.

In addition to the guides, it is essential that students remain familiar and extend their skills with Processing, and additionally gain fluency with Octave, an environment for numerical and signal processing and visualization; the following titles may be of assistance:

Additional Reading

In addition to the core technical material, it will be helpful for understanding (technical or cultural or both) to read around the subject. Some suggestions:

Office Hours

Feedback and Consultation Hours for Christophe Rhodes in Autumn 2010 are 16:00–18:00 on Thursdays. If you are planning to come and ask questions, please try to e-mail him in advance. Feedback and Consulation Hours for Marcus Pearce will be advised in due course.

Past exam papers

Evaluation Questionnaires