open-audio is a
fortnightly meeting at polytechnic, newcastle upon
tyne, focusing on the use of open source, interactive software.
The group is intended to provide support for artists looking to use
sound and interactive technologies in their work. The first few
sessions will focus specifically on sound but due to the nature of the
tools being used (SuperCollider, Pure Data, Arduino, maybe even
Max/etc.etc.) there's no reason why this shouldn't quickly adapt to
include the use of video, graphics and so on.
The sessions will combine tutorials/introductions to specific topics or
software packages with workshops. people are encouraged to bring their
projects and problems in to get help, or just to work in a friendly,
This will be a place for beginners to learn some new skills and for
more experienced users to share their knowledge and benefit from a
supportive community of actual people. The idea is to offer not only
technical support but also a forum in which you can get feedback on
your work, find collaborators and so.
Computers are provided by polytechnic and will be running ubuntu Linux.
Laptop users are also welcome.
beginners are welcomed with open arms and a warm smile.
the sessions are currently held on alternate thursday evenings from
20:00. There will occasionally also be longer sessions lasting a day or
an afternoon held at weekends.
the sessions started on the 6th November 2006, but new comers are
welcome to join the group at any time throughout the
year, so if you're interested get in touch.
If you would like to attend these sessions please either join the
open-audio mailing list here
or email will at willschrimshaw ...dot... net.
where is polytechnic?
polytechnic is located at the back of the Star and Shadow cinema
(formerly Tyne Tees TV) on Coquet Street.
The lovely Star
Shadow complex is at the top of stepney bank, opposite the tanners,
which is out
here is a map
these are some of the tools we'll be making use of in the sessions.
they all work on Linux, OSX and Windows and are open source, meaning
that they are free free free.
- easy to use wave editor
- text based
programming environment for audio
- graphical programming environment for
audio and visuals
serial device and software for physical
computing or hardware design.
if you're just starting to play around with Linux there is a wealth of useful information to be found in the Streaming Suitcase. It has tutorials on running linux, downloading, compiling and installing software.
It gives step by step instructions and assumes no prior knowledge. Much
of this information is also useful if you're an osx user due to
unix-linux similarities. There is also an intro to PureData.