Pure Data: Music and Sound for New Media Art

13 May 2017, 10:00 - 17:00

  • 20 May 2017, 10:00 - 17:00

Description : 

A two part workshop on electroacoustic composition for new media art in “Pure Data”. Pure Data is an open source, cross-platform data flow programming language primarily suited for the generation of real-time sound and music. Throughout this series, participants will learn the basics of sound design in Pure Data, develop a customized set of modular instruments, build basic algorithmic composition tools, and explore the possibilities of interfacing Pure Data with physical objects and environments. 

This workshop is designed for newcomers to computer composition, and no prior programming experience is necessary.

Schedule : 

Day 1 : Introduction to Pure Data

This first workshop will focus on basic sound design principles. Participants will begin by installing and setting up the latest version of Miller Puckettes' Pd vanilla distribution. Attendees will build together a variety of oscillators, envelopes, sample players, and signal processors. Expect to explore subtractive, and additive synthesis, frequency modulation, ADSR (Attack Decay Sustain Release) and other multistage envelope generators, as well as popular processing techniques like distortion, chorus, and bit crunching.


Day 2 : Composition in Pure Data

This workshop will allow participants to drive the tools built during the previous workshop with interactive compositional systems. Participants will design a variety of pitch and time sequencers and find creative ways to control these with algorithmic processes. Attendees will create complex clock sequencers and clock dividers, and route these into our signal generators and procedural sequencers to create shifting asynchronous rhythms. Finally, the presenter will demonstrate a few solutions for interfacing Pd sound generators and sequencers with physical objects and environments.

Bio :

Peter van Haaften is a computer music composer and new media artist based in Montréal. Peter creates interactive installations, live performances, radio art, and fixed media for speakers. His original and collaborative projects have been included at the Japan Media Arts Festival (Tokyo), FILE Hipersônica (São Paulo), La MaMa (NYC), A MAZE (Berlin), and more. He is currently pursuing a Master‘s in music composition and sound composition at Université de Montréal, and holds a BFA in electroacoustic studies from Concordia University. He is actively collaborating with the Topological Media Lab (Hexagram) on a series of performances and installations exploring time, space, and material computation.

***48 hours cancellation notice is required for any reimbursement. 

Regular 120.00$
Reduced 90.00$

13 May 2017, 10:00 - 17:00

  • 20 May 2017, 10:00 - 17:00