[PD] PD i education

Frank Barknecht fbar at footils.org
Wed May 30 16:18:46 CEST 2007

Hans-Christoph Steiner hat gesagt: // Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:

> Ideally, having the whole package doesn't get in the way of newbies  
> starting out with the basics.  If it does, that should be fixed.   
> Once it is installed, then newbies can start to explore thru all the  
> examples after the workshop and see where it leads them.  That's a  
> key part of my philosophy here: enabling the spirit of play and  
> exploration.

I think, basically we aren't that far away from each other: The large
number of examples in pd-extended of course is like a collection of
texts for the students to study and learn from. 

And of course in my workshops, I do use pd-extended, let alone because
it's the only available collection of externals. (I still would like
to have it a bit more customizable instead of being so monolithic, and
I believe the help-files are too "chatty", but that's another story.)

But my main point is this: You can learn what [route] means, you can
learn how [list prepend] works. But you only learn how to "speak" Pd
as soon as you understand what this means:

 "something"   [0\
 |             |
 [list prepend 2]
 [route 0 1 2 3]
  |  |  |  |  |

With pd-extended it's tempting to just use [demux 4] instead but then
you wouldn't have gained a deeper understanding of the language, you
would only know another word.

 Frank Barknecht                 _ ______footils.org_ __goto10.org__

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