Leading up to, and during Ultrasound
there will be one five day workshop. Individuals and groups are
invited to attend, however places are limited, so if you are interested
in taking part, please register interest as soon as possible by
There will be no charge made for these workshops, and participants
should provide their own food and drink.
+ NOW FULLY BOOKED!
INTERFACING SOUND AND ROBOTICS
ixi + Host Productions
Mon 24 - Fri 28 Nov
A collaborative workshop led by: Thor Magnusson and Enrike Hurtado
from ixi software with Andy Gracie from Host Productions.
Technologies Used: Director, Flash, Max/MSP, iCube, Pure
Data, Supercollider, jMax, MIDI and OSC.
"The thing is that we've had a few
workshops already and in some of them people have had degrees
in quantum physics and PhD's in object oriented programming (gulp),
and in others some people didn't even know how to record a sound
sample into a computer. Basically, we adjust the content of the
workshop to the level of the participants. We present people with ready-made code and help them to get started, it's
a workshop of ideas and methods and not programming or specialist
Thor Magnusson [ixi]
The ixi workshop is a short but intensive
course where participants engage with concepts and technologies
related to the creation, design and production of experimental
musical interfaces. For Ultrasound 2003 ixi are collaborating
with Andy Gracie from Host Productions. Andy has been creating
robotic creatures in his own work, and alternative interfaces
for installation art. Andy's work 'Small Work for Robot and Insects'
was recently shown in the second annual international 'ArtBots:
The Robot Talent Show', at EYEBEAM Gallery in New York.
+ Project Description - Participants propose projects either
individually or in a group.
+ Introduction to ixi-software and Host Productions; philosophy
+ Introduction to Max/MSP, Pure Data, Supercollider and
+ Introduction to building interfaces: Director, Flash,
Java [virtual], iCube and other sensor technologies [physical].
+ Seminars and discussions about key aspects of design,
such as interactivity, differences between traditional and virtual
instruments, generative processes, digital sound, and making music
+ Projects - Participants work individually or in groups
creating software that can be used as tools for music creation,
installations or sound effects.
During the workshop participants will gain an understanding of
different prototyping tools, both for physical and virtual interfaces
[Director, Flash, Max/MSP, iCube] and for sound engine prototyping
[Pure Data, Max/MSP, Supercollider, jMax]. Communication protocols
connecting or interfacing the various environments are also explored
[MIDI and OSC - Open Sound Control]. Thor and Enrike will present
a selection of works by other artists made with these technologies
and discuss the theoretical and aesthetic impact of the works.
Andy will discuss his own work with robots and support the making
of physical interfaces.
The aim of the workshop is to introduce the
basics of these technologies, based on ixi's and Host Productions'
experience of developing their own software, interfaces and robots,
participating in festivals and conferences and working in academies
and art institutions. Participants are encouraged to propose a
small project to work on, either individually or in a group in
order to confront real-world problems and concepts of the explored
Understanding involves practise, not just theoretical
explanation. In order to get people started participants will
have access to ready-made code samples for sound generation, filters,
effects and communication channels. This code can easily be changed
and adjusted to suit individual projects.
We do not focus on technical details relating
to the physics of sound, or programming practises, but rather
on how to use these programming environments for human expression.
The workshop is about ideas, not technology.
For up to date information please sign up to the Ultrasound
Last updated: 28.08.03
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