[PlanetCCRMA] New Music Controllers Workshop June 28-July 2

Edgar Berdahl eberdahl at ccrma.Stanford.EDU
Tue Apr 20 11:51:22 PDT 2010

Hello all,

Announcing the New Music Controllers workshop! Come get your Arduino on.



New Music Controllers (NMC)
CCRMA Workshop at Stanford University

Instructors: Edgar Berdahl and Wendy Ju
Including guest lectures by Ge Wang, Bill Verplank, and Dan Overholt
June 28-July 2, 2010
9AM-noon, 1PM-5PM

Description: Many workshops teach the technical details involved in  
making music using the Arduino. The PID workshop goes the extra mile  
by mentoring participants in evaluating and further developing their  
own ideas with the help of the Verplankian physical interaction design  
(PID) framework. Participants learn the philosophy and utility  
underlying the eight interrelated PID perspectives: idea, metaphor,  
model, display, error, scenario, task, and control.

The workshop also teaches technical skills for designing musical  
interactions. The workshop integrates programming, electronics,  
robotics, audio, and interactive music along with PID. Hands-on  
applications using sensors and microprocessors in conjunction with  
real-time DSP will be explored for making music. Specific technologies  
will include Arduino platform, processing, open sound control, and PD  
and/or Max/MSP for music synthesis. Participants will learn how to use  
resistive, force-sensitive, capacitative, optical, ultrasound,  
magnetic, optical, acceleration sensors, iPhone/iTouch for multi-touch  
screen. We will also teach students how to make their own sensors with  
custom geometries constructed out of materials such as conductive  
fabric, piezoresistive fabric, and copper tape. We will discuss  
popular controller components such as (multi-)touch screens, TacTex  
pads, Nintendo Wii, Novint Falcon, and many more. Participants will  
design and build working prototypes using a kit* that can be taken  
home at the end of the workshop. Many prototypes will be applicable  
for performance and exhibits. Further issues to be explored will  
include modes and mappings in computer music, exercises in invention,  
and applications of sensors and electronics to real-time music. The  
course will be augmented by a survey of existing controllers and  
pieces of interactive music. This workshop is intended for: Musicians  
or composers interested in exploring new possibilities in interactive  
music in a hands on and technical way; Anyone looking to gain valuable  
skills in basic analog and digital electronics, with a focus on  
invention; Makers, engineers, computer scientists, or product  
designers interested in exploring artistic outlets for their talents  
and collaborating with performers and composers.

Worskhop structure: The workshop is an accelerated variant of the  
Music 250A course (http://ccrma.stanford.edu/courses/250a/). The  
workshop will consist of half-day supervised lab sessions, and half- 
day lectures, classroom exercises and discussions. Classroom sessions  
will feature live demos and/or concerts of interactive music and  
instruments. Participants are encouraged (but by no means required) to  
bring their own laptop computers with any music software/hardware they  
already use.

*NOTE: There is a $20 lab fee included in the cost of this workshop.  
Participants have the option of purchasing a $100 lab kit at the end  
of the workshop. The kit contains an Arduino, a prototyping board,  
power supply, data cable, and a variety of sensors.

To sign up, visit http://ccrma.stanford.edu/workshops/new-music-controllers-nmc

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