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Vector Synthesis Workshop (2 days) with Derek Holzer

February 8 - February 9

The Vector Synthesis workshop investigates the direct relationship between sound+image. It draws inspiration from the media archaeology of computer graphics, and from obsolete technologies such as the Cathode Ray Tube monitor, combined with contemporary laser display techniques. This workshop is ideal for musicians, sound artists, VJs, and visual artists who want to work with oscilloscope or laser imagery.

Participants will learn how to draw Lissajous figures, render simple two- and three-dimensional shapes, and process photographs and video into vector artwork which can be displayed on oscilloscopes and ILDA laser displays using audio signals. These vector shapes can also be further modified in real time using external audio sources such as voice, amplified instruments, or electronic synthesizers provided by the participants.

You can see examples of what you might do here:


The core of the workshop will be examples written in the Pure Data programming language. Experience with Pure Data is not required to participate, beginners are welcome.

You can view the Vector Synthesis code here:


Participants are required to bring their own laptops with software installed according to pre-workshop instructions sent by email.

Participants should bring any external audio interface or MIDI controller they would like to use.

Please note that the fee is to be paid in EUR, and includes 19% German Value Added Tax. Participants with an EU tax number are exempt from the VAT charge.

The workshop is over two days – 8th and 9th February from 11am to 5pm.

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February 8
February 9