Simple Systems for Live Performance: A TouchDesigner Primer - On-demand

Thinkific


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Level: Intermediate

Whether at a concert or in a music video, visual effects and lighting can do so much to enhance the listener/viewer’s experience and create a lasting impression. This workshop aims to demonstrate how, using TouchDesigner, one can convert MIDI and acoustic audio signal into dynamic visual performances.

Session Learning Outcomes

By the end of these sessions a successful student will be able to:

PT1:

  • Design and implement generative visual effects which evolve over time

  • Map out a show control system with high-level hooks for updating state in production

  • Create simple audio +/ MIDI signal workflows

PT2:

  • Persisting/loading custom presets with Python + JSON

  • Map a visualization onto any performance environment, whether physical or digital

Session Study Topics

PT1:

  • How to build custom UIs with widgets in TouchDesigner

  • Encapsulating new and existing VFX patches in reusable components

  • Basic MIDI input with TouchDesigner

PT2:

  • Programming advanced actions with Python in TouchDesigner

  • Making custom MIDI mappings which plug into a global control system

  • Outputting anywhere: projection mapping, NDI streaming, DMX / lighting fixtures

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection

  • A web cam and mic

  • A Zoom account

  • A free (or higher) license of TouchDesigner

  • A text editor for programming, such as Sublime Text 3 (recommended)

Recommended:

  • A text editor for programming, such as Sublime Text 3 (recommended)

  • Virtual audio routing software (e.g VB Cable on Windows, Soundflower / Loopback Audio on Mac) you can use to send audio to TouchDesigner directly from other software on your computer, such as Spotify

About the workshop leader 

Ben Benjamin is a programmer and performer based in Los Angeles. He is obsessed with the intersection of media, culture, and technology.