Event: PureData Workshop and Laptop Choral with Giuliano Obici

On Friday, NomadLab organised the last of it’s series of lectures for the season at CSM. During the day, we got a short introduction to PureData from soundartist Giuliano Obici which was followed by a lecture and a small laptop choral recital in which we participated.


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During the lecture, Giuliano Obici also mentionned an earlier project collaboration, which consisted in paying people in the streets around the black markets  in Brasil a dollar to listen to the music. They are being payed because it is considered work to listen to music and in opposition to downloads.

Paying people to listen to music isn’t something I had thought of during my music project brief (which I am currently exporting and finishing of for assessment on tuesday).

Pure Data:Screen shot 2013-05-17 at 12.49.16

Pure Data is an open-source program that allows the user to create music and visual representations while allowing to distribute the information over multiple computers.
Music is represented through specific numbers and coding and associated with commands that let the user decide how to represent the music/sound that is heard visually over screens.

The program runs in the same rails as processing: an application with coding that give you the freedom to do what you want, if you know how it works. In the same way that I had originally planned to use processing and the video only as base, it failed on technical knowledge. Even though the program runs a common coding language (apparently), it would take me a long time to understand and know how I can do what I want to do. But it is good to know that this option is out there.


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