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Jam (+Workshop)

  • Well Connected Cafe

    35 Glebe Point Road, Glebe (map)

    -33.883653 151.192174

  • We will be the ones nerding with computers and headphones :) Probably upstairs on the balcony.
  • Getting together in real-life still beats jamming from home (as technically impressive as that is). This time we will have our own dedicated wifi router to ensure no connectivity glitches.

    And since there are still some people who missed out on the previous weeks' workshops, they are welcome too but they should come an hour earlier (6pm).


    BYO laptop with WiFi and headphones to join in.


    The main requirement will not be computing or musical expertise but an interest in electronic music and a willingness to listen to each other while simply scrolling with the mouse to manipulate a sound or clicking on a grid to set random notes. I find that beginners are actually more likely to leave their ego out and enjoy the group experience.


    We will be using NetPD which is a networked application of software called PureData. Windows users do not need to "install" software (a "portable" version is available). Apple/Linux users do need to install.

    This software is open-source, and public-domain, meaning that anyone is welcome to access the source code (which is actually a diagram... the diagram is the program) to modify it, create new instruments (and share them), and generally participate in a worldwide artistic community.

    If this works out I will schedule jams monthly. Mind you we can jam any time we want on the internet, and not just with each other but anyone else on the planet. All very much in keeping with the community.

    You can download an mp3 of the jam from our first workshop (thanks to subpixel for recording and uploading). There are plenty more jams (made by experts) that you can download from this mp3 list. And subpixel has uploaded videos (here and here) of our online jams. For the basics, check out these videos from the workshops I ran six years ago in Sheffield.

    The creators of NetPD (Roman aka rdz, and Eni) will be joining us from Switzerland on the night to jam, to help with the jamming. Check one of Roman's projects he built using PureData (which is what NetPD is based on)...

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  • sqgl

    Saw Richard tonight and he is not 100% sure he can make it to this meetup. He will let us know for sure by midday. If he cannot then it won't be worth going in to town for it. Stay tuned.

    April 29, 2013

    • Richard C.

      Hi Joe, thanks for the reminder. I won't be coming tonight but hope that you guys have a great time! Cheers :)

      April 30, 2013

  • sqgl

    Roman will join us from Zurich to showcase his latest improvement of the software: MIDI controller support. He will do so by controlling the mixer (which is where it is most useful).

    Actually he will only do so if we get a few more RSVP's (only two RSVP so far). Because we will be running our own server, he would join via a VPN (which won't be worth the extra effort if it is merely a 3 way jam).

    April 26, 2013


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