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Andrew Leggo: Designing Instruments

You can learn the basics of building a musical instrument at a Summer camp. Just Google “straw flute” and you’ll build a flute in 5 minutes. But designing an instrument that others want to play, now, this is hard. Most musicians are not looking for a new instrument, and it’s a difficult task to convince them otherwise. After spending 10,000 hours practicing, professional musicians are not necessarily looking to start all over again. Andrew Leggo started... Read More


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Getting started with Max

Level: beginners with notions of programming In this series of online workshops you will explore the most important programming techniques and concepts when working with Max, empowering you to begin to build your own patches and devices that you can deploy in your own music and multimedia projects. Through a series of guided exercises you will engage in the pragmatic creation of a basic MIDI sequencer device that features a wealth of musical manipulation options. This series... Read More


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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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Oli Larkin: iPlug2, C++ framework to build plug-ins

iPlug is a free, open source audio plug-in framework that allows you to make professional quality, cross platform plug-ins with minimal code. In this talk Oli will introduce the latest version iPlug2, which is a substantial rewrite that has many new exciting features.  Oli Larkin is an audio software developer and music technologist with over 15 years of experience developing plug-ins and plug-in frameworks. He has released his own software products including VirtualCZ and... 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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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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Jérôme Noël: A journey making music software

 Jérôme Noël is Head of Software at Ampify, a subsidiary of Focusrite making music applications for desktop and iOS. Prior to working for Focusrite, Jérôme was co-founder and CTO of Ohm Force, the plug-ins company that also released Ohm Studio, likely the most advanced collaborative DAW. In this live-stream, Jérôme will share his experience building music products over two decades, and in particular his thoughts on Design, UX, Collaboration and Mobile.  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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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