PureData: Crash Course

You know, I’m such a late bloomer. We’re all supposed to discover love and Europe and graphical programming environments in our twenties, and then benefit from long years of further experience with them. Or not.

My current thought strikes a note of optimism, maybe: what if you just dive into PureData (pd) and see what you can do with it? Yes, of course I should have been working with it 20 years ago, but I was preoccupied with other pursuits.

So, now that I’ve had a couple of months of working with pd, and shown a couple of classes how to make simple synthesizers, samplers, and sequencers, I’ve put together a little overview of how to approach pd, as well as a very simple app (links to .zip of pd patches and info) that mixes a sampler with two channels of klang. I’ll probably even use it in the show in April—we’ll see.

Stay tuned!


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