laptopsonacid

CDM and yours truly team up with Berlin arts collective Mindpirates next week for a learning event we hope will be a little different than most. The idea behind the gathering is to combine learning in some new ways. The evenings begin with more traditional instruction, as I cover, step-by-step, how you’d assemble beat machines, instruments, effects, and video mixers using free software (Pure Data and Processing).

But, we’ll go a little further, opening up sessions to hacking and jamming, finally using the event space at Mindpirates to try out ideas on the PA and projectors. By the last night, we’ll all get to play together for the public before opening things up to a party at night. I know when I’ve personally gotten to do this, I’ve gotten more out of a learning experience. Getting to do it with the aim of creating useful instruments and beats and visuals here, then, I think makes perfect sense.

Working with free software in this case means that anyone can participate, without the need for special software or even the latest computers. (What we’re doing will work on Raspberry Pi, for instance, or old netbooks, perfect for turning small and inexpensive hardware into a drum machine.) No previous experience is required: everyone will get to brush up on the basics, with beginning users getting the essentials and more advanced users able to try out other possibilities in the hack sessions.

If you’re in easyJet distance of Berlin, of course, we’d love to see you and jam with you. In trying to keep this affordable for Berliners, we’ve made this 40 € total for three nights including a meal each evening and a guest list spot on the Saturday night party.

But I hope this is the sort of format we can try out elsewhere, too. If you have ideas of what you’d like to see in this kind of instruction – in-person events being ideal, but also perhaps in online tutorials – let us know.

Create Digital Music + Mindpirates present: Laptops on Acid
Facebook event

Pre-registration required; spots limited – Eventbrite
Register while spots are still available!

(fellow European residents, I’m as annoyed at the absence of bank transfer/EC payment at Eventbrite as you are – we’re working on an alternative, so you should email elisabeth (at) mindpirates [dot] org to register if you don’t want to use that credit card system!)

  • Travis Basso

    WOW!!!!!

    I wish I could go to this!!! Any chance some of the presentations and tutorials may be available as webcasts or videos after the fact? I want to see how you use PureData and Processing!!!

    This looks awesome!!!!!

  • jon tresko

    What about Supercollider?! :)

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Given a few hours of instruction, I chose to limit the scope of the session. Pd and Processing now also work together via a library.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Lazenbleep/522516538 George Lazenbleep

    looks awesome, but i’m working! if you do another i would definitely come. just need 4 weeks notice!

  • Daniel

    Why have I not moved to Berlin yet??? :-/

  • probieren

    could there be vids of the event afterwards?

  • P.L.X.T.X

    hope y’all can stream this online or post videos..