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Noisy pompoms! Make an e-textile musical instrument

Difficulty level: Beginner (from age 7+) Bookings on Eventbrite Important note: This workshop includes a kit that will be shipped to your address from the UK, please note that registrations will close 7 days before the workshop to allow enough time for you to receive your kit. What’s in the kit? The kit comes with a pre-soldered printed circuit board, e-textile material, a speaker, a mixed bundle of brightly coloured yarn and one crocodile clips. Batteries not included. What... Read More


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Marek Bereza: building hardware synths and iOS apps

Marek Bereza is one of those passionate people who can take on any challenges, as long as they pique his interest. Marek has been working on his own projects or consulting for most of his career, to the exception of a 2-year spell at Apple, where he designed prototypes with the Human Interface Devices group. He was one of the first guest of the Music Hackspace, back in 2011 (see photos of his talk here). His main interests revolve around design, music and technology. An accomplish... Read More


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PA Tremblay: sandbox#n: playing the laptop, the bass, the studio

In this talk, Pierre Alexandre unfolds how his instrumental practice has inspired creative work with live electronics and music production in the studio. He will demonstrate his work through short performances and examples, in particular with the use of his collection of Max objects built for his live electronics, sandbox. Pierre Alexandre Tremblay (Montréal, 1975) is a composer and an improviser on bass guitar and sound processing devices, in solo and within various ensembles.... Read More


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Max and Node.js: Patching the Web

Difficulty level: intermediate. Javascript is the glue of the Internet, the universal language that runs in billions of web browsers and networked systems across the world. Max’s Node support connects the Max program into the ecosystem of Node.js, a Javascript engine which can network, talk to hardware, connect to databases, run sophisticated web servers, and much more. In this workshop we’ll look at connecting Max to web browsers, and explore techniques for routing... Read More


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Video synthesis with Vsynth for Max, with Kevin Kripper

 Level: Intermediate In this series of 4 workshops, we’ll look at how to interconnect the different 80 modules that come with Vsynth, exploring video techniques and practices that can create aesthetics associated with the history of the electronic image but also complex patterns founded in some basic functions of nature. Here’s what you’ll learn in each workshop: 8th July: video oscillators, mixers, colorizers. 15th July: modulations (pm, fm, pwm, hue, among others). 22nd... Read More


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Kevin Kripper: Video synthesis with Vsynth & Max

Vsynth is a high level package of modules for Max/Jitter that together make a modular video synthesizer. Its simplicity makes it the perfect tool to introduce video synthesis and image processing. Since It can be connected to other parts of Max, other softwares and hardwares it can also become a really powerful and adaptable video tool for any kind of job. In this live-stream, Kevin will give an overview of Vsynth with examples and practical tips to get you started or go deeper... Read More


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Sound synthesis with Max/MSP BEAP

 Level: Beginners with an understanding of the fundamentals of music technology and Max Note: the same workshop will happen twice the same day to cover a wider range of time zones. Tickets are not for both workshops Max and Max For Live offers virtually unlimited sound synthesis possibilities. Every copy of Max and Max For Live includes BEAP, a library of modules that emulate the function and signalling of hardware modular synthesizers, developed as a pedagogical tool for the... Read More


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Audio chips, e-textiles, touch interfaces: 40 years of computer music research

Adrian Freed is the former Research Director of UC Berkeley’s CNMAT, the historical Californian research centre led for over two decades by the late David Wessel. At CNMAT, Adrian led a number of influential projects on computer music, including the widely used Open Sound Control (OSC) protocol, developed with Matt Wright. Adrian published his first paper in 1975, at a time where computers were out of reach, and he started hacking with digital and analog chips. As technology... Read More


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TidalCycles and Hydra workshop with Lizzie Wilson (part 2)

 This workshop will teach you to use Hydra, a visual engine, in conjunction with TidalCycles. This workshop will look at creating visuals that react to music. This will use the Hydra web browser language and will cover the beginnings of making visual pattern and computing ffts on musical signals to create reactive visuals.  Requirements Attending part 1 is not a requirement to attend this workshop, but you will need to have an understanding of TidalCycles and have it installed... Read More


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Andrew McPherson: Augmenting Instruments

Dr Andrew McPherson is a Reader at Queen Mary University, where he leads the Augmented Instruments Lab. He invented the Magnetic Resonator piano, Touch keys and Bela, and is on a mission to empower anyone to build their own instruments. In this talk, Andrew will revisit his inventions and give tips to get started building your own. Join the live stream and participate to the live chat!  Read More