bang | Pure Data
A book release by the pd~ label and Wolke Verlag.
About this book
- "I think that in the last couple of decades many artists and composers have become quite fluent at mixing audio and image production and passing controls and information between media. I think it is really the artistic community which is driving development more than Pd itself, which just happens to be a good way to realize these sort of things."
- Miller Puckette
Pd (aka Pure Data) is a real-time graphcal programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing. Pd is free software. It is subject to a constant process of change, revealing new characteristics with each application.
Is it a tool/media/instrument? Is this a question that can be answered? Is it a decision that needs to be made at all?
This publication is a compilation of texts describing different approaches to pd, a profile of its usage and development. It is contradictory, and at the end, one finds oneself with a lot of open questions, on a technical level as well as on a philosophical one.
The 1st International Pd~Convention in Graz in fall 2004 was the motivation for this book. The authors participated at this meeting, and the enclosed DVD shows some of the works that were presented at this occasion
This book is published and distributed by the Wolke Verlag. You can retrieve it from the following sources:
- Webshop of the publisher (German only)
- Order from the publisher through email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Order at Amazon.de
Included with the book is the bonus DVD pd~ release 0.1, a DVD with audiovisual artworks from participants of the 1st International Pd~Convention.
Alternatively, you can download the book in PDF format:
- Winfried Ritsch (Does Pure Data Dream of Electric Violins?)
- Reinhard Braun (Media Environments as Cultural Practices:Open Source Communities, Art and Computer Games)
- Andrey Savitsky (An Exciting Journey of Research and Experimentation)
- Andrea Mayr (Pd as Open Source Community)
- Thomas Musil / Harald A. Wiltsche (I'm the Operator with the Pocket Calculator. Some Reflections on Pure Data)
- Cyrille Henry (Basic Physical Modeling Concepts)
- Thomas Grill (Pure words - Ab/using Pd for Text-Based Score Generation)
- Susanne Schmidt (Why Do People Develop Free Software?)
- Hans-Christoph Steiner (Building Your Own Instrument with Pd)
- Brian Jurish - (Music as a Formal Language)
- James Tittle / IOhannes m zmölnig (Pd & Synaesthesia)
- Jürgen Hofbauer / Marc Ries (Is Pd Art? No and Yes. Two Attempts)
- Frank Barknecht (What it takes to be a RRADical)
- Günter Geiger (The Search for Usability and Flexibility in Computer Music Systems)
- Ramiro Cosentino (Audio & Video.Multi-Source Mixing an Streaming: Hack the Media)
- Miller Puckette (A Divide Between *Compositional* and *Performative* Aspects of Pd)
- Werner Jauk (Creating from informal communication and Open Source)
- Christian Scheib (Two Rooms. A short Conversation with Miller Puckette)
175 pages, 19 x 26 cm, pb., illus. (partly 4c), DVD