25
May
08

Save STEIM

Dear participants of the Pd workshop,

in reaction to current events, let me publish a post from my personal blog:

STEIM, the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music in Amsterdam, is in immediate danger of losing its governmental funding. The bottom line of the negative advise from the reviewers is that STEIM doesn’t appeal enough to the mainstream pop-music audience. Chasing ghosts of mass-media hype, the Dutch government is on the verge of shutting down an unparalleled institution for creative support, where I had the privilege to work on the projects “fello” and “noiseroom”, as well as to teach two Pd workshops with wonderful and inspiring participants. For all the details on the current developments, please head over to STEIM’s website. Although time is running out, there’s still the possibility to send a letter of support. Here’s an excerpt from my letter:

Both artistic work and technological research conducted at STEIM have influenced and benefited a large number of projects in a diversity of fields, such as academic and popular music, interactive media art, modern dance, instrument and performance theory, and the visual arts. Many of these projects have brought together participants from different countries and cultures, thanks to STEIM‘s unique ability to provide lodging, without which many projects could not have happened. Providing such support and thereby drawing in advanced projects from all over the world, STEIM serves as a beacon in the heart of Europe, bearing testimony to the open-mindedness and support of plurality that the Dutch culture is known for internationally.

Today more than ever, STEIM brings together artists from different fields and connects them with a global network of creative productivity. In the Open Studios at STEIM as well as in the guesthouse, both artistic and social exchange have found a safe haven that should be of high value to the Dutch people. STEIM is a place where well-known artists engage in experimental projects to advance their creative scope and broaden their technological as well as artistic repertoire. From my point of view as a German resident, the existence and the acceptance of STEIM, rooted in Amsterdam‘s local culture but decidedly international in its scope, is nothing but admirable.

Please help by sending your own personal letter of support.

Best,

Florian

STEIM homepage /Related posting on Createdigitalmusic.com 

10
Apr
08

Thanks for coming!

Thanks to you all for making this workshop possible. For me, it was a lot of fun and I learned a lot from figuring out answers to all the questions. Also, thanks for all the nice feedback! It’s much appreciated.

As suggested today, I will send out an email next week, asking whether you want to continue to receive relevant information and also whether you’d like to be signed up to this blog to share some of your experience working with Pd.

Best,

Florian

10
Apr
08

Day 4: Patches from the workshop

Here are the patches that were used for demonstration during the fourth day of the workshop:

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This was a great day, and I am amazed that we actually managed to go through all these objects. Looking at everybody’s screens, it was quite cool to see all the different individual approaches. Here are some impressions:

Best,

Florian

09
Apr
08

Day 4: Objects of the Day

Here are the objects for the last day of our workshop. These are going to be a lot of fun, actually (not that the others weren’t, of course)!

Download

Best,

Florian

09
Apr
08

Day 3: Patches from the workshop

Here are the patches used for demonstration during the third day of our workshop:

Download

Best,

Florian

08
Apr
08

Addendum: Automatic scaling, HID

With reference to a question Harald asked yesterday: There is a way to automatically scale value ranges without having to manually convert them. It’s not a dedicated external, but an abstraction by Hans-Christoph Steiner, one of the gurus in the Pd scene.

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All it needs is the desired range of numbers as two arguments (lower and upper range limits). Manually converting might still save you some CPU cycles, though ;)

Also, Hans-Christoph did a lot of work on the HID-object. If you are interested in using controllers with Pd, be sure to check out his HID&mapping objects.

Download

Best,

Florian

08
Apr
08

Day 3: Objects of the Day

As we will only have the morning of day 3 for our workshop, the list of objects I would like to demonstrate is a little shorter:

Download

We will be seeing more of STEIM’s own software in the afternoon, so head over to their website to check it out online:

STEIM products

Best,

Florian




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