Introduction to Pure Data by Andy Farnell

Pure Data is a visual environment for programming sound. Andy uses it for sound design and for teaching purposes. He finds it a very useful tool to teach secondary school students and PhD students. It allows to mock up ideas very quickly, faster than by using programming languages such as C++. Andy is the author of the excellent book Designing Sound, available from MIT Press and other online distributors. It’s a great way to get into Pure Data and programmatic sound design.... Read More

One-day workshops, once a month

At the end of Mick Grierson’s presentation, we realised that we wanted more. More time together, more technology, more space for exploring ideas. We wrote down the following subjects that we would like to explore in the course of a week end. A doodle was created to get people’s vote to decide of a date on a week end in December to start off workshops. Cast your vote here!    Read More

Mick Grierson: Maximilian and OpenFrameworks

Thursday 24/11/2011 Mick Grierson setting up Maximilian is an open source C++ toolkit for audio dsp. Maximilian is an open source, MIT licensed C++ audio synthesis library. It’s designed to be cross platform and simple to use. The syntax and program structure are based on the popular ‘Processing’ environment. Maximilian provides standard waveforms, envelopes, sample playback, resonant filters, and... Read More

Electronic music legends are back

I’m sure that many of you are just like me. “If I only had [insert piece of gear of your dreams] My music would be so much better”. The grass is always greener on the other side. When I first started tinkering with electronic music in my teens me and a few friends had access to small MIDI studio at a youth centre run by the council. You had to book in to use it. We had an Ensoniq EPS 16+ Sampler, a Roland Juno 106 and some crappy sound canvas thing. None of... Read More

Martin Klang and Adrian Gierakowsky

Thursday 17/11/2011 Martin presented  Taquito, an electronic wind instrument. Adrian presented  a piece of software, which he has been developing since May 2010 and a multitouch iPad controller, which was especially designed to facilitate the use of this software in live performance. Martin and Adrian performed together at the end of the presentation. Martin and Adrian presenting Project description The ag.granur.suite is a modular system for sound design, composition and... Read More

Tim Murray-Browne and Tiff Chan: Impossible Alone

IMPOSSIBLE ALONE is an interactive installation where music, movement and video-games collide, created in collaboration with Tiff Chan from Central School of Speech and Drama. A vast soundscape awaits discovery, yet can only be accessed through synchronised movement between two people. In this presentation I will talk about the ideas that led up to the installation, how it’s been received and where we’re hoping to take it. Tim Murray-Browne Tom and Guy performing with... Read More

Sam Duffy: Augmented Saxophone

Thursday 03/11/2011 Sam Duffy is a saxophone player with audio engineering experience, currently undertaking research on the Media and Arts Technology PhD programme at Queen Mary University. She has just finished a project with British Telecom and Aldeburgh Music examining the interactions which take place within instrumental music lessons and how these interactions change when lessons take place via video conferencing. She has been considering the conflict between electronically... Read More

Arduino based Harmonic Clock project

Thursday 27/10/2011, Filip (Zambari) Filip Tomaszewski aka Zambari is an audiovisual artist, working in the fields of live video, experimental electronic music, and creating workflows and tools for live and studio performers, including programming and custom hardware creations, including projects like EQ-AV (av show+software) AV-BRAIN (hardware), Harmonic Clock (hardware), TC24 (workflow), VJ loops on and others zambari (at) gmail dot com The... Read More