Introduction to beat detection and audio-reactive visuals in TouchDesigner - On demand

Learn to extract relevant data from incoming audio in TouchDesigner and use it to manipulate simple generative visuals.

Course Instructor: Bileam Tschepe

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

What you'll learn

  • Input audio into TouchDesigner
  • Extract relevant data from input sources
  • Use data to manipulate graphics
  • Create simple generative visuals
  • Navigate the TouchDesigner network


  • A computer with internet connection
  • A web cam and mic
  • A three button mouse or to configure Apple Track Pad appropriately
  • TouchDesigner
  • If your on Mac please check TouchDesigner can run on your system (i.e. has basic GPU requirements such as Intel HD4000 or better)

Course content

  • ---- TouchDesigner file for the workshop
  • ---- Apple Mac User: Set Your Mouse or Trackpad to Right-Click and Middle-Click
  • ---- Part 1 - Introduction
  • ---- Part 2 - Visuals
  • ---- Part 3 - Audio setup
  • ---- Part 4 - Kick Detection
  • ---- Part 5 - Custom Parameters
  • ---- Part 6 - Snare Hats & Additional

Who is this course for

  • In this workshop you’ll learn the basic functioning of three node-types and how to use them to analyse audio, use the data to manipulate graphics and how to organize and navigate your TouchDesigner network.

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About the workshop leader

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.