The regular times for the workshop will be 10 am to 4 pm, with a lunch break from 12.30 – 2 pm. After 4 pm, I will be available to assist participants working on their own projects in an “open-studio” situation.
As the workshop should be as non-generic as possible, it would be great to have a lot of input from everybody involved. Teaching periods will be followed by phases of assisted individual application and adaptation of the curriculum. Thus, if you want to perform with a specific controller, bring it along. If you want to work with video, bring a camera or your own movie files, and if you want to use loops or still images, have them ready on your harddrive as well. Also, for those who want to start from scratch, I will have some material available as well.
Getting material ready, please keep in mind that Pd does not support a whole lot of file formats. On a Mac, movie files have to be in the .mov format with MPEG2 compression, and on Windows, .avi files with common compressions are mandatory. Also, Pd will not load mp3s, so you will have to bring your audio files in uncompressed .wav or .aiff formats.
If you want to browse for material, a good starting point for audio material would be soundsnap.com, while for moving images, you may want to check out the extensive collections at archive.org.
This blog is designed to accompany the upcoming Pd & GEM workshop at STEIM (April 7-10, 2008). Here, I will post download links to all the patches we will cover and reference interesting material. To get started, it would be very helpful if everyone could install the correct version of Pd in advance. Don’t worry, if something doesn’t work for you, we’ll check it out on the first day at STEIM.
During the workshop, we will be using the Pd-extended distribution, as it already comes with most of the libraries and extensions I want to cover. The latest official release is 0.39.3, and can be downloaded from puredata.info/downloads. However, if you are on Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard”, you have to use a newer version, as 0.39.3 is not compatible. Please download this file here.
Background info: At autobuild.puredata.info, the developers of the Pd-extended package collect versions that are created automatically from the source every night. These are no official releases, and indeed the new versions for Windows that can be found there do not work on my machines. The referenced version for Mac OS X works just fine, though, and I will actually use it on my computer during the workshop.
More info is coming soon, so feel free to subscribe to this blog’s RSS feed. I am very much looking forward to our workshop!