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STEIM Summerschool 2006

The STEIM Summerschool will be in August this time, starting with a week of
LiSa workshops and Pure Data and junXion workshops in the second week.

The program:
* LiSa Introduction - monday Aug 7 and tuesday Aug 8 - from 10:00 till
17:00h
* LiSa Advanced - wednesday Aug 9 and thursday Aug 10 - from 10:00 till
17:00h
* Pure Data / Process the dancefloor - monday Aug 14 through thursday Aug 17
- from 10:00 till 13:00h
* junXion v2 - monday Aug 14 through thursday Aug 17 - from 14:00 till
17:00h

The LiSa classes will be guided by Robert van Heumen and Frank Baldà , the
junXion v2 teacher will be Frank BaldÃ, and the guest teacher for Pure Data
is Florian Grote from the LÃneburg University.

Costs for the workshops are:
* â200 for the full two weeks (FULL)
* â80 for the LiSa Introduction (LISA INTRO)
* â80 for the LiSa Advanced (LISA ADV)
* â80 for the Pure Data workshop (PD)
* â80 for the junXion v2 workshop (JX)

Registration can be done only through the STEIM website
(http://www.steim.org/steim/workshops.php) - mention very clearly what
workshop you'd like to register for: FULL / LISA INTRO / LISA ADV / PD / JX.
Keep in mind that STEIM is closed in July, so we might not react immediately
to questions posed during that period.

It is adviced for participants to bring their own Mac laptop with (demo
versions of) LiSa, junXion v2 and Pure Data already installed. STEIM can
provide a limited number of computers in case you cannot bring your own â
please let us know in advance. Your favorite MIDI controller or joystick is
very welcome!


LiSa Introduction

LiSa is sound manipulation software ultimately designed for live sonic
performance. LiSa's functionality is centered around creating a sound field
in the computer, where the performer can record and manipulate multiple
sound streams on the fly. For more information visit
http://www.steim.org/steim/lisa.html. There you can also download a demo
version.

The LiSa Introduction class will be two days, in which we will explain the
basic features of LiSa. Knowledge of digital audio and MIDI is required. The
classes will alternate between lessons and individual attention - so people
who are already a little familiar with LiSa can also attend to refresh their
knowledge and ask more specific questions in the individual part.

LiSa Advanced

The summerschool 2006 will include a 2 day class for advanced LiSa users.
The program for the class will for a big part be determined by your wishes -
we have compiled a couple of 'How to get this done in LiSa' questions, and
we would like to ask you to send in your solution before August 7 - also
we'd like to ask you to send in your own questions, preferably before August
1 (so we can still send them out to other participants who can come up with
their own solutions). The questions posed here will also help you determine
if you're an 'Advanced LiSa User' (ALU) - if you have no clue how to get
started solving the issues posted, you're most probably not an ALU. People
attending the LiSa Introduction might also benefit from the Advanced class.

Question 1
How would you organize it if you wanted to do re-sampling - i.e. sample what
you play in LiSa rather than sample other sources?

Question 2
Say you have a violin sample of 10 seconds, and you want to extend it
indefinitely, in a more or less 'natural' sounding way. How would you do
that? (of course without audio editing)

Question 3
How would you go about time-stretching a beat-sample to a certain length?

Question 4
How can you set up one voicelayer with two zones, of which you control the
output level independently with two faders?
And related: how can you setup a fader that starts and stops a zone and at
the same time works as a volume controller for that zone?

Question 5
How can you work around the limitation that you can only control 4 pattern
parameters at the same time? In other words, how can you get more variation
in patterns using external controllers?

Question 6
Assume you have a modulator that does some kind of pitch modulation, of
which the speed is controlled by a fader. Now you want the option to switch
off the modulator in some way when your fader is all the way down. How would
you do this? 

Question 7 (bonus)
What would be an interesting and/or useful way of controlling the maximum
number of voices ('Max voices' in the preferences) using an external
controller?

Pure Data / Process the dancefloor

As academic Computer Music and interactive sound installations have
accumulated half a centuries' history of audio research, powerful tools for
digital sound art have emerged. At the same time, new compositional
strategies such as "Process Music" or the "Moment"-Form have expanded
musical expressivity. Of this experience and knowledge, only little has been
utilized to create more popular forms of music such as techno, house, and
electronica (plus everything in between). State-of-the-art sequencers and
samplers facilitate the production of such styles, yet they tie the musician
to the formalized procedures implied in their fixed user interface. Although
this may be good to produce one fat track after another, it does have a
tendency to level out innovative creativity.

In this workshop, participants will experiment with the software environment
Pure Data, that combines the full flexibility of powerful DSP-programming
languages with an easily learnable graphical user interface. This will
enable participants to design their own software tools, tailored to their
individual needs in digital music production and performance. Technical
matters include the organization of samples and loops in semantic webs,
browsing through the inner structures of sounds with "liquid audio"-granular
sampling machines, and the use of fuzzy logic for human interaction
concepts. On the compositional side, the possibility of representing popular
arrangement strategies in algorithmic processes will be explored.

As we set aside our regular software studio or "live"-sequencer, we will
find new ways to produce block-rockin' dance tracks or mix a sweaty club gig
using software that interacts with the crowd. Bring your own ideas. The goal
is to add a new facet to every participantâs individual musical style.
  
junXion v2

junXion v2 is a software tool to process incoming data from USB devices
(joysticks, touchscreens, mice), MIDI devices and OSC streams using
conditional processing and remapping. The outputted data can be routed to
other MIDI controllable music and sound software or hardware. For more
information visit http://www.steim.org/steim/junxion_v2.html.

The junXion v2 workshop will teach you how to use the various features of
junXion v2 - from simple mapping of HID devices and MIDI devices to using
timers to set up sequences and sending out OSC from HID devices. Basic
knowledge of MIDI and digital audio is required. LiSa will be used as the
audio engine, so basic LiSa knowledge is advised.


Biographies

Florian Grote was born 1980 in Goettingen, Germany. He started with early
piano education in both classical and jazz styles. As an autodidact, he
ventured into the field of electronic music. He studied applied cultural
sciences at the University of Lueneburg from 2000-2006. As a member of the
project team âÃsthetische Strategien ((audio))â
(http://audio.uni-lueneburg.de), he is involved in the conception and
teaching of classes in music production and interface programming. This also
includes the management of the recording studio. His artistic work includes
techno and electronica productions as well as interactive sound
installations. Some of his recent works have been commissioned by STEIM.

Robert van Heumen is composer and musician, making electronic music in the
studio and on stage. Recent compositions include music for the choreography
Drink Me by Anouk van Dijk, and the audio-visual composition Solitude (with
multi-media artist Arnoud Noordegraaf) based on a book by Paul Auster. As a
musician he uses STEIM's live sampling software LiSa with all kinds of
controllers (some have called them 'sexy'). He is active as a member of the
electro-acoustic sextet OfficeR, electronic audio-visual trio SKIF++ and
part of the N Collective. In both his composed and live music he uses a
mixture of environmental sounds, toys, voices, sounds from kitchen
appliances, and in general all kinds of 'found sounds'. Next to all of this
he is Managing Director of the STEIM foundation in Amsterdam. In a previous
life he was a mathematician, trumpet player and software programmer.

Frank Baldà is STEIM's software programmer, and together with Michel
Waisvisz the spiritual parent of STEIM's live sampling software LiSa. Having
recently finished version 2.5 of junXion, Frank is naturally fluent in
junXion, and will show possibilities you'd never have thought of to do with
a mapping tool like junXion.




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