Pure Data with Malte Steiner [100€]

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Pd (aka Pure Data) is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing. It is the third major branch of the family of graphical patcher programming languages known as Max (Max/FTS, ISPW Max, Max/MSP, jMax, etc.) originally developed by Miller Puckette and company at IRCAM.

Pd is free open source software and runs on Mac OSX, Linux and Windows. The extended version comes with nearly all external objects enhancing the vanilla Pd and can be downloaded from


This workshop introduces Pure Data with focus on visuals in 4 days a 4 hours. Participants should bring a laptop and optional midi controllers. Fee is 80€ for all days.

Course is not set in stone and can be changed according to participants interests but it could go like this:

First day:
- introduction patching in Pd, sending messages to objects
- audio synthesis
- sequencing
- input via midi and Osc

Second day:
- visuals with the extension Gem, basic 3D
- video textures and effects
- cam input and motion tracking

Third day:
- putting together vj applications with Pd
- recap input via Midi and Osc
- video mapping

Fourth day:
- advanced 3D
- importing models, created for instance with Blender, Wings3d

Malte Steiner is Berlin based media artist and musician, working with Pd since late 90s, using it in compositions, interactive installations and live performances.


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  • 23.05.13 |


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  • Durée : 960 min.
  • Genre: Workshop
- video projection
- seminar room with speakers to demonstrate audio from laptop
- internet connection


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5 Mars 2012
13 Mars 1970

  • Germany Berlin

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À propos de moi

Malte Steiner
born 1970 in Germany. Programming computers, creating visual arts and electronic music since the early 80s. First exhibition 1983 with surrealistic paintings in Hamburg. 1986 he took a course on electroacoustic music in Lüneburg by H.W. Erdmann and gave first live performances. In the following years several concerts in Germany, France and Belgium. Studies Technical Assistant for Computer Engineering from 1992 to 1997 because multimedia classes where not yet available. 1995 first CD release of the music, before it was distributed on tape cassettes. In 1998 he started creating electronic art and installations which were shown in Kiel, Rantzau, Hamburg, Kassel, later in Malmö, Berlin, Bergen, Copenhagen, Chiang Mai and La Motte-Servolex.

Steiner presents his music more international on festivals for instance in Havana, Cuba, in 2000, USA in 2001 and 2004 in Thailand. Since than he starts to share the knowledge via radiofeatures and lectures, for instance a pd workshop at Access Space Sheffield and Vivid Birmingham, UK and several ones for the multimedia composition class of Georg Hajdu at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg.
While he occasional uses the name Elektronengehirn for the experimental concerts he also runs the musical projects Das Kombinat, Notstandskomitee, Akustikkoppler and Konform.

in 2003 he created several webart projects including a collaborative visual networking environment which can be interfaced by web and mobilephones with a special J2ME client, shown in the German feature of Javamuseum and Computer Space Festival 2003, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Collaboration with the student of urban planning Karsten Drohsel under the name Urban Units exploring the intersection of architecture, urban concepts, media art and electronic music. Latest exhibition together was in June 2009 in Hamburg. Collaborations with artists Eva Sjuve,Michel Chevalier and Servando Barreiro.

Involved in several open source projects like his softwaresynthesizer 'Minicomputer', Alsa Modular Synthesizer and the OSC middleware 'contrOSC'.

Artist-in-residency at Esc Im Labor, Graz Austria during Steirischer Herbst Festival 2009. Regular contributions to Piksel opensource media artfestival in Bergen, Norway.

Moved from Hamburg to Berlin in 2011, opened non-public media lab and studio Block 4 in Kreuzberg. Working as freelance sound designer, media artist and software developer, giving lectures and workshops, mainly about contentcreation with free open source software like Pure Data, Csound and Blender.

One of the latest installations is created while being artist in Residency in Chile 2011 in Open City, creating the installation Impossible City with PD, shown in Chile, Norway and Germany.

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