Creative Coding for Live Audio and Visuals

If you are interested in learning how to compose multi-channel sound performances and installations, or/and how to build immersive sound and light environments, these two workshops are made for you! Doron Sadja will teach you how to use Reactor, Arena and DMX lightning for these kinds of projects during his 5-day long workshops. Workshops are happening in November and December in Berlin, Germany.

Doron Sadja is an American artist, composer, and curator whose work explores modes of perception and the experience of sound, light, and space. Often working with multi-channel spatialized sound, smoke machines, and high intensity lights, Sadja combines pristine electronics with lush romantic synthesizers, dense noise, and immersive light projections to create hyper-emotive sonic architecture. Although each of Sadja’s works are striking in their singular and focused approach, his output is diverse: spanning everything from 25 speaker sound works to stroboscopic smoke and light shows, 360 degree projection pieces, and custom built motorized speaker systems that can precisely track sound around a room. Sadja founded Shinkoyo Records and the West Nile performance space in Brooklyn (RIP), and currently runs the Sound Portraits lecture/listening series in Berlin. Sadja studied Technology in Music and Related Arts at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and received his MFA in Sound Art from Bard College where he studied with Maryanne Amacher, Marina Rosenfeld, and David Behrman.

CC4AV is a platform for collaborative experiments with technology, sound, design and visual art. By providing generous support to artists for learning and experiments, CC4AV aims to make visions real. These are hands on workshops, participants will develop their own projects or will take a part in larger project such as media installation or performance.

Apply below! The application period is open until the workshop begins, we can enroll a maximum of 20 people for a workshop. Don't be late! For additional questions contact CC4AV curator Irina Spicaka .

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Approaches to Multi-channel Sound Using Reaktor

Approaches to Multi-channel Sound Using Reaktor

Workshop holder ➝ Doron Sadja
Date ➝ November 22 - 26
Time ➝ 10 am - 4 pm
Place ➝ Will be specified soon.
Address ➝ Will be specified soon.

Student & freelancer ticket ➝ 300 EUR
Regular ticket ➝ 400 EUR

More info ➝ Facebook event

Reaktor is a graphical modular software music tool developed by Native Instrument that lets musicians and sound specialists design and build their own instruments, samplers, effects and sound design tools. From simple synthesizers, to complex modular systems and generative sequencers, Reaktor offers the flexibility to create any sound from scratch, but with a simplicity that allows even beginners to create quite complex instruments. Functioning as a stand-alone program or as a VST/AU plugin in any DAW, Reaktor is used by everyone from Radiohead, to Alva Noto, Haxan Cloak, and Objekt, Reaktor is known for it's incredible flexibility and high-fidelity sound.

Sound and Space are intrinsically connected. In this weeklong workshop, we will be taking an in depth look at the creative potential of sound as a sensual, sculptural and spatial medium - developing a technical framework for setting up multi-channel environments as well as creative strategies for dealing with sound in physical space. We will be designing and building custom multi-channel instruments using Reaktor: a modular programming software similar to Max/MSP that is known for it's rich sound quality and simpler learning curve.
Composing multi-channel pieces requires more than technical infrastructure; it also requires new approaches of compositional thinking and the use of sound material. Each day will consist of teaching, examples, and descriptions in order to provide a solid grounding in the technical framework necessary to build powerful Reaktor instruments and/or effects, but will also include more theoretical discussions and critical reflections on aesthetic concepts of spatial audio in sound, music and sound-art.

Day 1

Approaches to multi-channel sound. Introduction to Reaktor framework.

Day 2

Multi-channel performance techniques. Designing alternative spatialization instruments.

Day 3

Using acoustic phenomena to manipulate space. Designing multi-channel granular instruments.

Day 4

Composition workshop. Advanced Reaktor tutorials.

Day 5

Workshop participants will finalize their multichannel systems and compositions and prepare for a small concert. Each participant will explain and perform/run their piece in front of a small, invited audience.

Requirements

You will work on your Mac or PC computer. Additionally you will need to instal software and bring hardware:

  • Reaktor (Version 6 preferred),
  • Headphones,
  • If you have a multichannel soundcard, please bring to the workshop.

If you sign up for the workshop and no-one replies within three days, please contact the curator by writing

Apply
Reactor




Spatial Sound and Light Environments using Reaktor + Arena + DMX lighting

Spatial Sound and Light Environments using Reaktor + Arena + DMX lighting

Workshop holder ➝ Doron Sadja
Date ➝ November 29 - December 3
Time ➝ 10 am - 4 pm
Place ➝ Will be specified soon.
Address ➝ Will be specified soon.

Student & freelancer ticket ➝ 300 EUR
Regular ticket ➝ 400 EUR

More info ➝ Facebook event

Reaktor is a graphical modular software music tool developed by Native Instrument that lets musicians and sound specialists design and build their own instruments, samplers, effects and sound design tools. Used by everyone from Radiohead, to Alva Noto, Haxan Cloak, and Objekt, Reaktor is known for it's incredible flexibility and high-fidelity sound.
DMX is the lighting industry standard used to send commands to light fixtures in real time. This can control things like color, tilt, pan, and a variety of effects.
Arena is a VJ software for live video mixing, effects processing, and projection mapping.

Sound and light are ephemeral, visceral, and abstract by nature, yet they possess an incredible power to manipulate us in ways that words and images cannot. In this weeklong workshop, we’ll explore the tools, technologies, and techniques available for sculpting immersive sound and light environments. We’ll be designing and building custom sound and light instruments using Reaktor: a modular programming software similar to Max/MSP, developing tools and techniques for video projections, as well as examining creative strategies for dealing with site specificity and the interaction between sound and light.
Each day will consist of teaching, examples, and descriptions in order to provide a solid grounding in the technical framework necessary to build to powerful Reaktor instruments, an introduction to DMX lighting, and techniques to control sound and light using Ableton Live (or your DAW of choice), but will also include more theoretical discussions and critical reflections on aesthetic concepts in sound, light, and audio-visual art.

Day 1

Introduction to Reaktor, DMX lighting, and Arena. Preparation for inter-application communication (data and audio).

Day 2

Designing Reaktor instruments for audio-reactive and data DMX control. Sound and Light Art Lecture/Discussion.

Day 3

Designing Reaktor instruments for audio-reactive and data control of Arena video projections. Volumetric Lighting Tutorial.

Day 4

Advanced Reaktor-Arena-DMX synchronization and sequencing techniques. Installation and Performance Techniques Lecture/Discussion.

Day 5

Workshop participants will finalize their multichannel systems and compositions and prepare for a small performance. Each participant will explain and perform/run their piece in front of a small, invited audience.

Requirements

You will work on your Mac or PC computer. Additionally you will need to instal software and bring hardware:

  • Reaktor (Version 6 preferred),
  • Resolume Arena (demo or fully licensed),
  • Headphones,
  • If you have a multichannel soundcard, please bring to the workshop.

If you sign up for the workshop and no-one replies within two days, please contact the curator by writing

Apply
Reactor + Arena + DMX