[artinfo] workshop Pure Data
Marloes de Valk
marloes at montevideo.nl
Thu Apr 8 14:31:38 CEST 2004
WORKSHOP PURE DATA
Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/Time Based Arts
26 - 29 May 2004
Fee: E 150,-
Guests: Aymeric Mansoux, Derek Holzer, Frank Barknecht and Jaromil
This workshop is meant for beginners and will focus on Open Source software
for the real-time manipulation of audio and video. The dual package of Pure
Data and GEM, offer a complete set of tools for sound, multimedia and VJ
purposes. Topics will include: real-time audio and video processing with PD
and GEM, RRADical PD, PDP and an overview of other free and open source
audio and video tools for Linux.
PD and GEM The dual package of PD [Pure Data] and GEM [Graphics Environment
for Multimedia], developed under an open source model by an international
community of programmers, offers just such a set of tools. Running
under Linux or OSX, PD and GEM can be used in commonly available,
inexpensive hardware as a complete multimedia environment. Both
applications allow for the real-time manipulation of sound and image data
within a visual programming environment which does not require any previous
experience in traditional computer languages.
PDP is a set of external objects to PD developed by Tom Schouten, and are
based on the idea of processing data in packets. While it is primarily
used for video, the basic structure of PDP allows any kind of data to be
processed into any other kind of data. Images can be converted to
textures, which can be mapped onto 3D objects, converted back to images,
changed into sound, re-rendered again as image, and so on. The
possibilities are endless.
RRADical PD (Reusable and Rapid Audio Development) is a set of
patches created by Frank Barknecht in order to make Pure Data easier and
faster to use for newcomers and for people who are looking for a
collection of standardized music tools similar to what commerical software
packages such as Reason or Reaktor offer.
The workshop is for beginners. The level will go up while the week
progresses. The first day will be dedicated to basic PD and for those who
bring their own machine, an installation session.
For applications please contact Marloes de Valk
marloes at montevideo.nl <mailto:marloes at montevideo.nl>
While many tools exist for sound, multimedia and VJ purposes, few of them
are designed with an open architecture which allows artists to configure
the tools they use themselves. Fewer still are free. The importance of an
open source development model may seem academic at first, but in fact there
is a strong need for a workshop of this kind. The fees, licenses and
restrictions that come with commercial software become more and more
restrictive every day, and the knowledge in the new media community of free
and open source software is extremely limited. Coupled with this is the
stigma that open source software, such as Linux, is "too difficult" for
artists to use. This workshop aims to provide the tools which can be taken
away and put to use immediately and the knowledge of how to use them
The workshop sessions will be held in the Netherlands Media Art Institute.
Over the 4 days of the workshop, 12 participants will learn about PD, GEM,
and PDP, working under the Linux operating system.
Topics of the workshop will include:
* Crash course 'Installing PD and GEM for beginners' with invited guests
* Basic PD with Derek Holzer
* Basic GEM with Aymeric Mansoux
* Intermediate PD with Derek Holzer
* RRADical PD with Frank Barknecht
* PDP with Aymeric Mansoux
* Presentation and jamm session
At the end of the fourth day a short presentation of the workshop will take
place. This presentation will be open to an audience invited by the
participants. The workshop will finish with a "Jam Session", in which the
participants can share the creations they have made with each other and
with the audience.
Note for OSX and Windows users
PD, GEM and PDP are multi platform and besides Linux can be used under OSX
and Windows. There will be a special 'installing PD and GEM crash course on
the first day of the workshop, which will take beginners through the
process of installation step by step. OSX users should take into account
that installing PDP on their machines might not be possible during the
limited time of the workshop. A step by step manual is available online.
Frank Barknecht (D)
Open source developer, sound artist and the creator of the End-User
Abstractions project (RRADical PD, Reusable and Rapid Audio Development)
which makes it possible to learn using Pd in a top-down way, making PD more
accessible and open.
Aymeric Mansoux (F)
Artist and author of pure-data tutorials/articles for MusicRun, Co-Founder
of a group dedicated to alternative digital art study and Co-Founder
of Goto10, an organization dedicated to set up and produce electronic live
Derek Holzer (NL/US)
Sound artist currently based in Utrecht. Initiated the Acoustic Space Lab
Project, an "open source sampling project" which invites artists to use a
database of samples gathered at a former Soviet spy station to create a
common body of work.
Jaromil is an italian GNU/Linux programmer, author and mantainer of three
free softwares and a operating system: MuSe (for running a web radio),
FreeJ (for veejay and realtime video manipulation), HasciiCam (ascii video
streaming) and dyne:bolic.
Marloes de Valk
Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, Montevideo/Time Based Arts
1016 EV Amsterdam
T 020 6237101
F 020 6244423
E marloes at montevideo.nl
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