Getting Started with TouchDesigner - September series

Membership plan: Just Curious | Topics: Visual Arts

Course overview

TouchDesigner is a powerful tool for creating live performances, installations, real time visuals and complex digital systems.

What you'll learn

  • Session 1: Navigate the TouchDesigner User Interface and utilise mouse and shortcuts controls, Become familiar with operator families and their structure, Construct basic networks via TOPs and Export CHOPs to create dynamic networks
  • Session 2: Build rendering networks via SOPs and MATs, Utilise and apply data via DAT operators, Construct custom networks via COMPs and Locate examples and info from resources such as the Palette
  • Session 3: Utilise audio CHOPs within a network, Apply audio CHOPs as modulation sources, Build basic Instancing networks and Begin to construct a bespoke self directed project
  • Session 4: Work independently, with support, within the TD environment, Apply various techniques from the workshop series to construct dynamic networks, Continue to construct a bespoke self directed project and Share their work with peers and provide feedback to peers

Who is this course for?

  • 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.

Course content

  • TouchDesigner Shortcuts overview
  • Session 1 file to download
  • Session 1 breakout room activities
  • Lesson 1 - The Interface & Operators
  • Lesson 2 - TOPs
  • Lesson 3 - CHOPs
  • Lesson 4 - Combination TOPs & CHOPs
  • Week 2 file to download
  • Week 2 breakout room activity sheet
  • Lesson 1 - SOPs Basics
  • Lesson 2 - Rendering
  • Lesson 3 - Materials I
  • Lesson 4 - Materials II
  • Lesson 5 - Containers & Bases
  • Session 3 file to download
  • Week 3 breakout room activity sheets
  • Project examples to download
  • Lesson 1 - Working with Audio
  • Lesson 2 - Instancing I
  • Lesson 3 - Instancing II
  • Lesson 4 - Audio Spectrum Instancing
  • Lesson 5 - DATs etc


Session 1

Session 1: Overview, Interface, Mouse & Shortcuts; Operator Families & Operator Structure; TOPs - Texture Operators; CHOPs - Channel Operators

Session 2

Session 2: SOPs, MATs and Rendering; DATs; COMPs and Network Structure; Palette & Additional Info

Session 3

Session 3: Audio Overview; Instancing; Building a Project 1

Session 4

Session 4: Building a Project 2


  • A computer with internet connection
  • A web cam and mic
  • A Zoom account
  • A three button mouse or to configure Apple Track Pad appropriately
  • TouchDesigner
  • 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 schedule

Meet your instructor

Bileam Tschepe aka elekktronaut is a Berlin based artist and educator who creates audio-reactive, interactive and organic digital artworks, systems and installations in TouchDesigner, collaborating with and teaching people worldwide.


Useful links

TouchDesigner free version suffices


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