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Online workshop "Create music from (deep) space and Wall Street"

Cursus of workshop Dance

Did you ever wonder how the universe would sound like if you could hear it, what sounds can be derived from our financial markets and if it is possible to make music with them and if so how this can be practically done? In this workshop you will learn all about it and much more.
Central theme of the workshop is how abstract scientific data such as for example data originating from (deep)space (emitted by various astrophysical objects such as nebula, pulsars, stars,… ), our solar system (for example data from NASA’s GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental) Satellite, https://www.nasa.gov/content/goes, https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/observations) or data coming from financial systems can be used in an innovative way to compose, perform music or create multimedia installations. To this end the focus will be put onto the two creative practices that make this possible: data sonification and interactive sound synthesis. With data sonification we hereby understand the rapidly expanding field of transforming any given numerical abstract data stream into sound. Interactive sound synthesis on the other hand encompasses all synthesis techniques where the generated sound is being influenced by one or more external data sources.

This two day workshop is organized into two sessions

Sesssion 1: 4 hours on day 1

In this first session you learn to get acquainted with the basic principles of data sonification and interactive sound synthesis and sound design. Data that will be used in the first day is static data. Using the open source software platforms Pure Data or Purr Data every student learns to build his or her own synthesizer. Subsequently he or she learns to enable the synthesizer to be connected to various external data sources. We will work with data from NASA’s GOES satellite as a concrete working case.

Concrete program:

Background and general introduction to data sonification
General introduction/basics of Pure Data
Gathering data to be used for sonification
Perform offline sonification of data
Sesssion 2: 4 hours on day 2

The second day of the workshop is based around the use of online data and the use of the techniques for musical artistic purposes. You learn to work with online data streams. Subsequently each student learns how to transform these data streams in to artistically meaningful sound (scapes) and music using the right data sonification techniques. The techniques from the first session will serve here as a starting point.

Concrete program:

Developing sonification strategies/instruments for artistic purposes
Introduction to processing and OSC (open sound control) protocol for data streams
Capturing, processing and transferring online data streams to Pure Data
Sonification of online data streams
All techniques and methods in this workshop are explained in a straightforward and practical way. In doing so this will enable each student afterwards to seamless integrate the knowledge he or acquired int the workshop into his or her own creative practice.

The workshop is open to everyone. Open to novices, curious minds, musicians, sound sculptors, artists, scientists,… No experience or technical pre knowledge required. All the concepts and methods in this workshop will be explained in a hands on and practical way.

Requirements for this workshop:

-Laptop, headphone and internet connection
-Pd extended (https://puredata.info/downloads/pd-extended ) or Purr data (https://agraef.github.io/purr-data/, freeware)
-Processing (https://processing.org/, freeware)
https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/observations : data that will be used in the workshop


-https://www.valeryvermeulen.net: artist website of teacher
-https://www.valeryvermeulen.net/works/mikromedas/ : link to space data sonification project of teacher
-https://www.valeryvermeulen.net/works/krystalball/ : link to econometric data sonification project of teacher


-Pure Data: http://puredata.info/
-Processing: http://processing.org/
-Purr data: https://agraef.github.io/purr-data/
-Audacity: http://audacityteam.org/ (optional)
-Reaper: http://www.reaper.fm/ (optional)

Practical details:

Duration of the workshop (8 hours total):

22/05 from 14u00 till 18u00 and on 23/05 from 14u00 till 18u00. Tickets are available for this edition.
Cost of the workshop:
-42 € + (2,12 € handling cost)

Maximum number of participants for this workshop:
-A maximum of 11 participants can join every edition this workshop.

Enroll and/or additional info:
-You can enroll for Edition II of this workshop via the following eventbrite link:


Once enrolled you’ll receive a link the day before the start of the workshop to a virtual class room where the workshop is held. This class room is accessible in a standard browser such as e.g. Google Chrome. On the day of the start of the workshop you’ll get access to the classroom as of 13u45.

-If you would like to have more info on the workshop please send an email to workshops@valeryvermeulen.net.


Bron: UiTinVlaanderen.be


Waar Center-MCS
Nieuwewijkstraat 1
9000 Gent

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Deze activiteit is afgelopen.
Originele datum: Van 22 mei 2020 tot 23 mei 2020
Basistarief: 44,12 €
€ 44,12
Contact workshops@valeryvermeulen.net
Trefwoorden online workshop, muziek, MaxMSP