Getting Started with TouchDesigner / November Series

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Dates & Times

Tuesdays 16th / 23rd / 30th Nov + 7th Dec

Time: 10am UK / 3.30pm India / 7pm Tokyo / 8pm Sydney

Length: 2-hours each session

Level: Beginners curious about creating immersive visuals with TouchDesigner 

TouchDesigner is a powerful tool for creating live performances, installations, real time visuals and complex digital systems. In this series of workshops you’ll learn the basic functioning of TD’s node-based workflow and how to use them to create media, use the data to manipulate content and how to organize and navigate your TouchDesigner networks.

Who is this workshop for?

Aspiring visual and media artists who’d like to get started with TouchDesigner

Series Learning Outcomes

By the end of this series a successful student will be able to create content by: 

  • Becoming familiar with the User Interface

  • Exploring TouchDesigner’s building blocks

  • Constructing dynamic visual effects 

Series Study Topics

  • TouchDesigner User Interface and patching

  • How to use building blocks (operators)

  • Controlling parameters for dynamic visuals 

  • Audio reactivity and visual effects techniques

 Session 1

Topics

  • Overview, Interface, Mouse & Shortcuts
  • Operator Families & Operator Structure
  • TOPs - Texture Operators 
  • CHOPs - Channel Operators 

Learning Outcomes By the end of this session a successful student will be able to:

1: Navigate the TouchDesigner User Interface and utilise mouse and shortcuts controls

2: Become familiar with operator families and their structure

3: Construct basic networks via TOPs

4: Export CHOPs to create dynamic networks


Session 2

Topics

  • SOPs 
  • Rendering
  • MATs
  • COMPs and Network Structure
  • Palette & Additional Info

Learning Outcomes By the end of this session a successful student will be able to:

  1. Explore and utilise SOPs 
  2. Build rendering networks 
  3. Apply MATs
  4. Construct custom networks via COMPs
  5. Locate examples and info from resources such as the Palette & Snippets

Session 3

Topics

  • Working with Audio
  • Instancing 1
  • DATs
  • Open Session

Learning Outcomes By the end of this session a successful student will be able to:

  1. Utilise audio CHOPs within a network
  2. Build basic Instancing networks
  3. Utilise and apply data via DAT operators
  4. Engage in an open session

 Session 4

 Topics

  • Audio Reactivity
  • Instancing 2
  • Using Instancing creatively
  • Open Session

Learning Outcomes By the end of this session a successful student will be able to:

  1. Utilise audio reactivity within Instancing networks 
  2. Apply audio CHOPs as modulation sources 
  3. Build more efficient Instancing networks
  4. Engage in an open session

Open Session

During Session 3 & 4, you will have the opportunity to engage in an open session. The session will focus on requesting help to solve problems, asking questions, presenting your personal work for feedback and sharing good practice. You will be supported by the workshop leader, the teaching assistants and your peers during these sessions.


Requirements

  • A computer with internet connection

  • A web cam and mic

  • A Zoom account

  • A three button mouse or to configure Apple Track Pad appropriately

  • TouchDesigner (free version suffices https://derivative.ca/download)

  • If you’re on Mac please check TouchDesigner can run on your system (i.e. has basic GPU requirements such as Intel HD4000 or better) 

About the workshop leader 

Dancing Pixels (Masha Rozhnova) is a London based artist who creates audio-visual performances and videos for musicians. For the past three years she has been using TouchDesigner as the main tool for content creation, show control and as an engine to enable interaction with the audience. She performed at Live Performers Meeting in Rome, at New River studios and Crux events in London.