[PD] DorkbotPDX's Pure Data Workshop 2: Interfacing with the world

Alex x37v.alex at gmail.com
Thu Feb 11 04:54:09 CET 2010

DorkbotPDX's Pure Data Workshop 2: Interfacing with the world

* what: DorkbotPDX PD (Pure Data workshop);
* who: you and your friends;
* where: PNCA room 205, 1241 NW Johnson St., Portland, OR 97209;
* when: February 21st 1-5pm
* cost: $35 hardware fee - this gets you a Midi Monster - a dorkbot/Don Davis
        designed AVR microcontroller based sensor to USB+midi interface.*


This is the second workshop in our Pure Data series. Pd is used by
artists, sound designers, DJs, VJs and a variety of audio hackers. It
is free, libre, and open source software that runs on Linux, Mac, and

We will be focusing on interfacing PD physical world. You will use
knobs, buttons, and lewd gestures to control patches within Pd.
Similarly we will teach you how to reverse this process and use your
Pd patch to control the entire world. We will interface with MIDI
devices, off the shelf USB devices, other computers and custom
hardware/sensors using the Midi Monster designed by Don D. Davis.

This workshop assumes basic pd knowledge - but if you missed our first
pd workshop or otherwise need to learn the basics - prior to signing
up we recommend checking out the first two chapters of this tutorial:

To Signup:

  1. Go to this page: http://www.tempusdictum.com/tdproducts.html
  2. Scroll down to Workshops, and select the "Interfacing Hardware to
PD" "product".
  3. Click "Add To Cart" and follow the instructions there.
     * This will secure your place in the workshop and reserve you a "Midi
       Monster," the sensor -> MIDI unit we will be using for the workshop.

Bring to the workshop:

   1. A laptop with pd-extended installed: http://puredata.info/downloads
   2. A pair of headphones.
   3. A standard type A to type B USB cable.
   4. A thirst for danger.
   5. optional:
          * A MIDI synthesizer or drummachine.
          * A MIDI controller interface [knobs/buttons/etc].
          * A USB HID device [gamepad, rockband controller, etc].

For this info and curriculum details (coming soon):


*no microcontroller programming required for this particular workshop.

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