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

Level: Beginner

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

Session Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session a successful student will be able to:

  • Input audio into TouchDesigner

  • Extract relevant data from input sources

  • Use data to manipulate graphics

  • Create simple generative visuals

  • Navigate the TouchDesigner network

Session Study Topics

  • Audio input sources

  • Beat detection (frequency analysis, timesclicing etc.)

  • Creation and manipulation of generative visuals

  • Network organisation


  • A computer with internet connection

  • A web cam and mic

  • A three button mouse or to configure Apple Track Pad appropriately

  • TouchDesigner (free version suffices

  • If your on Mac please check TouchDesigner can run on your system (i.e. has basic GPU requirements such as Intel HD4000 or better)

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.