Intro to Visualizing Sound with TouchDesigner

Membership plan: Free | Topics: Visual Arts

Course overview

TouchDesigner is the industry standard tool for interactive visuals in live performance, broadcasting and art installations. In this series of 2 workshops aimed at musicians and VJs, you will learn the fundamentals to build audio responsive visuals, and get familiar with the TouchDesigner interface and workflow, and connect it to your own setup.

TouchDesigner has a free license tier for people who are getting started.

What you'll learn

  • Session 1: Getting familiar with the TouchDesigner Interface and node based programming
  • Session 1: Understanding Operator types (TOPS and CHOPS)
  • Session 1: Creating simple UI controls for visuals
  • Session 1: Tools and techniques for basic audio analysis for mapping to effects
  • Session 2: TouchDesigner Palette
  • Session 2: Refined methods of Audio Analysis
  • Session 2: Basic Introduction 3D (SOPS and MATS)
  • Session 2: Mixing 3D with 2D Visual effects

Who is this course for?

  • Anyone who wants to get started with TouchDesigner
  • VJ’s looking for generative visualization techniques
  • Musicians who want to create multimedia performances

Course content

  • PDF slides for lessons 1-11
  • TouchDesigner project files
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Workshop Resources
  • 3. Getting Started with TouchDesigner
  • 4. Activity 1 - Export Chop
  • 5. Activity 1 - Solution
  • 6. Animating Effects with LFO CHO
  • 7. Activity 2 - LFO CHOP
  • 8. Activity 2 - Solution Q&A
  • 9. Sound Input as CHOP Value
  • 10. Palette and Image Filter Effects
  • 11. Closing Remarks
  • Week 2 - Activities and Resources
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Review of Week 1 and Additional TouchDesigner Fundamentals
  • 3. Activity 1 - Questions
  • 4. Activity 2 - Advanced Audio Analysis
  • 5. Activity 3 - Simple 3D SOPS
  • 6. Bonus Q & A
  • 7. Closing Remarks (and more Bonus Q & A!)


  • A computer and internet connection
  • A 3-button mouse
  • TouchDesigner software

Course schedule

Meet your instructor

Kyle Duffield is a Toronto based Interactive and Experience Design Professional who creates immersive interactive installations and brand activations. He is also known for his affiliation with the studio and former gallery, Electric Perfume. As an educator, and technical consultant, he has facilitated interactive media workshops and projects with institutions across Canada, Shanghai, and online. Currently, Kyle is participating in Cycling 74’s Max Certified Trainer Program, and is focusing on creating unforgettable technological experiences.

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