Pure Data Intro Workshop, 15-16th July, Electron Club, Glasgow

  • Deadline:
    July 28, 2010, midnight
  • Location:


Thursday 15th and Friday 16th July 2010, 3pm-7pm

Electron Club
CCA - Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD


Electron Club presents an introduction to Pure Data, a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing.

Pure Data is the third major branch of the family of patcher programming languages known as Max originally developed by Miller Puckette and company at IRCAM. Pd is free multi-platform software.

This two day workshop will bring participants through the basic idioms of dataflow, real-time audio and visual processing and networking. It is lead by Edinburgh based new media artists Marco Donnarumma and Ioann Maria.


Participants will learn how to communicate with Pd and surf through the audio and visual processing objects libraries. Together we'll build basic processing audio and video structures and discover tricks and tips to create our own performance tool.
No previous programming experience is needed.

A sample of the workshop program can be viewed online at:


Who for:

Musicians, producers, live visualists, film-makers, programmers, sound designers or passionates of digital arts or electronic music and experimentation who wants to enhance and extend their skills and tools will find this workshop inspirational for the further development of their works and creative ideas, free from the limitations of user-friendly and proprietary software.

When & Where:

Thursday 15th and Friday 16th July 2010, 3pm-7pm
Electron Club
CCA - Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD


The workshops are free, but participation is limited to 20 people. To register a place, please send an email giving some info on your interests and current knowledge of Pure Data to:

pd [at] electronclub [dot] org

Participants should bring their laptops with Pure Data installed.
The most recent Pure Data stable release can be found online at:


We also encourage people to bring sensors, USB game controllers, cameras, photo cameras, webcams, microphones, sensors, MIDI Devices.
We'll learn by experimenting!


Marco Donnarumma is an independent new media artist, teacher, composer and performer. The understanding and the deconstruction of the semantic relation models among nature, man and technology is the main focus in his artistic research. The aim of his work is to highlight the communicativeness of human action through the use of self-designed responsive systems and physical computing technologies. His audiovisual real-time performances, interactive participative installations and electroacoustic compositions have been exhibited and performed in 19 countries across South America, Europe and Asia. He is a MA Professor of Sound Design for Sensitive Environment with FLOSS at LABA - Brescia Academy of Fine Arts, Italy. He is a researcher at FLxER.net and member of the board of directors of Live Performers Meeting, an international gathering of new media artists.


Ioann Maria - new media artist, instructor, filmmaker, live video performer.
An active member of FLxER team and Dorkbot Alba -people doing strange things of electricity-, an organizer of LPM Live Performers Meeting - the world's biggest annual meeting dedicated to live video performance. With her wide background in multimedia arts, she now works with new media technologies and interactive arts, exploring new possibilities in creative artistic-scientific demonstration. In her recent solo and collaborative projects she investigates the issues of physical computing and human-computer interaction. Being passionate about numbers, sheā€™s particularly interested in linking the pure mathematical understanding with the beautiful sensation of experiencing sound and image in the new coherent audio-visual artistic expression.



The Electron Club is a voluntary run space where people interested in things like free open source software, circuit bending, hardware hacking, computer recycling, streaming, audio and video editing, green technologies, and amateur radio can meet, use equipment, and share and disseminate their skills and ideas.
All are welcome.