Getting Started with TouchDesigner / March Series

Get started learning interactive media with TouchDesigner and build your own visual effect content.

Course Instructor: Masha Rozhnova

Course level

Music Hackspace

Starts on: 27/03/2022 16:00 GMT

TouchDesigner is a powerful tool for creating live performances, installations, real time visuals and complex digital systems. In this series of workshops, you’ll learn the basic functioning of TD’s node-based workflow and how to use them to create media, use the data to manipulate content and how to organize and navigate your TouchDesigner networks.

2nd Open Session – Sunday 27th March 4pm BST / 5pm CET / 9am PST / 12pm EST

Before this session please watch the videos of Part 3 (Connect audio with TouchDesigner & Intro to Graphics Instancing) and Part 4 (More Instancing & Audio-reactive visuals) of the course. You will be able to ask questions related to these parts to a live teacher and your peers. We will discuss everything that was unclear or confusing while watching the lessons. The second part of the session will be dedicated to a small DIY project in TouchDesigner.

What you'll learn

  • Becoming familiar with the User Interface
  • Exploring TouchDesigner’s building blocks
  • Constructing dynamic visual effects

Requirements

  • A computer with Internet connection
  • A webcam and mic
  • A Zoom account
  • A three-button mouse or to configure Apple Track Pad appropriately
  • TouchDesigner (free version suffices)
  • If you’re on Mac please check TouchDesigner can run on your system (i.e. has basic GPU requirements such as Intel HD4000 or better)

Course content

  • ---- Part 1 Files - please download before watching videos
  • ---- Lesson 1 - The Interface & Operators
  • ---- Lesson 2 - Texture Operators (TOPs)
  • ---- Lesson 3 - Channel Operators (CHOPs)
  • ---- Part 2 Files - please download before watching videos
  • ---- Lesson 1 - Surface Operators (SOPs)
  • ---- Lesson 2 - Rendering
  • ---- Lesson 3 - Materials I
  • ---- Lesson 4 - Materials II
  • ---- Lesson 5 - Saving .tox files & pallette
  • ---- Additional Resources
  • ---- Interactive Project Examples
  • ---- Session Overview
  • ---- Project File - please download before the session
  • ---- Zoom link for the Open Session / Mar 20, 2022 04:00 PM London
  • ---- Open the course in Zoom to access all the features
  • ---- Part 3 Files - please download before watching videos
  • ---- Lesson 1 - Audio Basics
  • ---- Lesson 2 - Instancing Part 1
  • ---- Part 4 Files - please download before watching videos
  • ---- Lesson 1 - Instancing Part 2
  • ---- Lesson 2 - Audio & Instancing combined
  • ---- Lesson 3 - DATs Overview
  • ---- TouchDesigner Resources
  • ---- Additional Resources: Learn Python Expressions
  • ---- Session Overview
  • ---- Zoom link for Open Session / Mar 27, 2022 04:00 PM London
  • ---- Open the course in Zooom to access all the features

Who is this course for

  • Aspiring visual and media artists who’d like to get started with TouchDesigner

Useful links

https://derivative.ca/download

About the workshop leader

Dancing Pixels (Masha Rozhnova) is a London based artist who creates audio-visual performances and videos for musicians. For the past three years she has been using TouchDesigner as the main tool for content creation, show control and as an engine to enable interaction with the audience. She performed at Live Performers Meeting in Rome, at New River studios and Crux events in London.