[artinfo] workshop Pure Data

Marloes de Valk marloes at montevideo.nl
Thu Apr 8 14:31:38 CEST 2004

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
	*	Clinic
	*	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.

Invited Guests

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 (I)
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.
  http://rastasoft.org/ <http://rastasoft.org>

Marloes de Valk

Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, Montevideo/Time Based Arts
Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam
T 020 6237101
F 020 6244423
E marloes at montevideo.nl

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