December 5, 2009

12:00 -- 1:30 PM : Introductory workshop on Pd with Hans-Christoph Steiner
2:00 -- 6:00 PM : SkillShare w/Steiner and members of RjDj programming team

Free, capacity for up to 30 participants


Hans-Christoph Steiner returns to Eyebeam with members of the RjDj programming team from Europe to help turn your iPhone or iPod-Touch into a programmable, generative, and interactive sound-processor! Create a variable echo, whose timing varies according to the phone's tilt-sensor or an audio synthesizer that responds to your gestures, accelerations and touches. Abuse the extensive sound capabilities of the Pure Data programming language to blend generative music, audio analysis, and synthy goodness. If you're familiar with the awesome RjDj, then you already know the possibilities of Pure Data on the iPhone or iPod Touch (2nd and 3rd generation Touch only).

Creating and uploading your own sound-processing and sound-generating patches can be as easy as copying a text file to your device! In this 4-hour hands-on SkillShare, interactive sound whiz and Pure Data developer Hans-Christoph Steiner and several of the original RjDj programers will lead you through all the steps necessary to turn your phone into a pocket synth.

How Eyebeam SkillShares work

Eyebeam's SkillShares are Peer-to-Peer working/learning sessions that provide an informal context to develop new skills alongside leading developers and artists. They are for all levels and start with an introduction and overview of the topic, after which participants with similar projects or skill levels break off into small groups to work on their project while getting feedback and additional instruction and ideas from their group. It's a great way to level-up your skills and meet like-minded people. This SkillShare is especially well-suited for electronic musicians and other people who have experience programming sound. Some knowledge of sound analysis and synthesis techniques will go a long way.

We'll also take a lunch break in the afternoon including a special informal meeting about how to jailbreak your iPhone!

Your Skill Level

All levels of skill are OK as long as you have done something with Pd or Max/MSP before. If you consider yourself a beginner It would help a lot to run through the Pd audio tutorials before attending.

NOTE: On the day of the SkillShare we will hold an introductory workshop from 12:00 until 1:30 PM, led by Steiner, for those who want to make sure they're up-to-speed before the actual SkillShare starts at 2:00. The introductory workshop is for people who have some done something in Pd or Max/MSP but are still relative beginners in the area of electronic sound programming.

What You Should Bring

You'll need to bring your iPhone or iPod Touch (2nd or 3rd generation Touch only), your own laptop, a headset with a built-in mic (especially if using an iPod Touch) and the data cable you use to connect your device to your laptop. Owing to a terrific hack, you won't even need an Apple Developer License for your device!

More Information

RjDj is an augmented reality app that uses the power of the new generation personal music players like iPhone and iPod Touch to create mind blowing hearing sensations. The RjDj app makes a number of downloadable scenes from different artists available as well as the opportunity to make your own and share them with other users.

Pd (aka Pure Data) is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing. Pd is free software, and works on multiple platforms, and therefore is quite portable; versions exist for Win32, IRIX, GNU/Linux, BSD, and MacOS X running on anything from a PocketPC to an old Mac to a brand new PC. Recent developments include a system of abstractions for building performance environments, and a library of objects for physical modeling for sound synthesis.

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