LEMURplex January/February Art & Tech Classes, Brooklyn, NY

    Jan 08 2007 | 7:23 pm
    LEMURplex Announces January/February Art & Technology Classes
    Registration for January/February classes at LEMURplex is now open.
    Exciting new class topics include Robotics, Controller Building and
    Audio Processing, plus additional core and special topic offerings
    including Max/MSP/Jitter, Arduino Microprocessors, Video Tracking and
    Fiberglass Fabrication.
    For more info and to register, please visit http://lemurplex.org/classes.html
    Build Your Own Music/Video MIDI Controller
    Building a Sensor-Based Instrument with MidiTron
    Tuesdays 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 6:30-9:30 pm
    Imagine waving your hand and having an orchestra at your fingertips
    or tapping on a surface to explore a video landscape. This is all
    possible through the use of MIDI and sensor-based technology. In
    three sessions, you will design and build a controller to create your
    art with the easy-to-use
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    Emphasis will be on hands-on learning and construction. Basic
    electronics and
    target=child>Max/MSP/Jitter programming will also be covered. No
    previous knowledge of electronics, sensors, or programming is
    assumed. Background information will be covered and the bulk of the
    class will be focused on building a working controller that you will
    take home and begin to create with. This is of interest to artists,
    musicians, dancers, actors, engineers, programmers, lighting, sound
    and graphic designers, and others.
    Instructor: Leif Krinkle
    Cost: $495, including lab fee. Lab kit includes MidiTron, electronic
    components and selection from a variety of sensors.
    Advanced Audio Processing Techniques
    Mastering Many Methods in Multiple Programs
    Wednesdays, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 6:30-9:30 pm
    This class is designed to provide students with strong fundaments of
    digital audio with techniques and practices common to DSP, synthesis,
    interconnection, multitracking, mixing and mastering. Using
    href="http://cycling74.com/products/maxmsp" target=child>MSP as a
    springboard, important aspects of signal processing will be covered,
    such as building effects, sampling theory, latency and
    frequency-domain thought process. Sound synthesis practices including
    amplitude and frequency modulation and granular synthesis, as well as
    newer developments in the field such as scanned synthesis will also
    be explored through Max/MSP and in popular pro-audio software such as
    Logic Audio, Reason, Reaktor and Ableton Live. ReWire and Soundflower
    will be explored as platforms for interconnecting audio programs for
    production and performance using Max/MSP, Logic Audio and Ableton
    Live. Concepts common to production and post-production will be
    explored in Logic Audio, including mixing and mastering.
    Instructor: Roberto Osorio-Goenaga
    Cost: $300
    Intro to Max/MSP
    Manipulating MIDI and Audio Live and Interactively
    Thursdays 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 6:30-9:30 pm
    A gentle introduction to the
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    MIDI and digital signal processing environment. Students will learn
    how to use the program for live performance, installation or
    non-linear audio manipulation and editing. The class will cover
    language structure, message passing, MIDI, DSP basics, networking,
    building interactive software interfaces and synchronizing and
    controlling audio with external data and video. No prior experience
    is necessary (though students are encouraged to download the
    href="http://cycling74.com/downloads/maxmsp" target=child>free
    demo of Max/MSP and go through the first ten tutorials before the
    class starts).
    Instructor: Liubo Borrisov
    Cost: $300
    Intro to Video Tracking
    Computer Vision Techniques with Jitter
    Monday 2/5, 6:30-9:30 pm
    This course will serve as an introduction to the use of a video
    camera as a sensor with
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    projects. Movement tracking, color tracking, face recognition, object
    recognition- all of these techniques are possible with extensions to
    Jitter and a degree of patience. Students in the course will gain
    both an understanding of how the objects and techniques are actually
    used, as well as best hardware methods for mature video tracking and
    suggestions on how to use these techniques in real world practice.
    The primary tool taught will be Jean-Marc Pelletier's cv.jit suite.
    Students should come prepared with a rudimentary knowledge of Max,
    although understanding of Jitter is not a necessity.
    Instructor: Joshua Goldberg
    Cost: $100
    Fun With Fiberglass
    Basic Composite Fabrication
    Monday, 2/12, 6:30-9:30 pm
    Learn the skills and techniques used to build custom objects using
    fiberglass and epoxy. Students will get hands-on experience in
    various stages of the process, starting with sculpting a foam
    pattern, followed by glass lay-up and final finishing. Materials will
    include partially completed samples to work with so we can move
    between stages without waiting for epoxy to cure. Discussion will
    include ideas on how to integrate sensors, lighting or haptics into
    any project, and students are encouraged to bring their own project
    ideas to the class. Bob will also give a brief, inside-out tour of
    the Bean, his own composite sensor-based musical instrument.
    Instructor: Bob Huott
    Cost: $115, including lab fee. Lab kit includes fiberglass
    fabricating materials.
    Intro to Jitter
    Video Processing in the Max/MSP/Jitter Environment
    Tuesdays, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 6:30-9:30 pm
    This is a three-session introduction to
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    Cycling '74's video & matrix processing environment. On a very
    prosaic level, Jitter can be used to build custom-tailored VJ
    applications, but even the most cursory exploration demonstrates that
    this tool is capable of so much more. Our class will cover those
    prosaic examinations, move into the much more exciting realms of 3D
    OpenGL visualization and computer vision techniques, and culminate
    in an exploration of the arcane realms of synesthesia and visual
    A basic familiarity with the Max programming paradigm is greatly
    encouraged; this will be a very exciting, very fast-paced course.
    However, smart and flexible people may be able to pick up the basics
    as we go along.
    Instructor: Joshua Goldberg
    Cost: $300
    The Mechanics of Robotics
    Using Motors, Solenoids, and Other Devices in Kinetic and Robotic Art
    Wednesdays, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 6:30-9:30 pm
    A three session introduction to the wide world of motors and
    mechanical systems suitable for use in kinetic and robotic artworks.
    We'll cover the basic motor and solenoid types, including AC, simple
    DC, DC gearhead, stepper and hobby servo. We'll play with examples of
    each type of motor and talk about which ones are suitable where.
    We'll look at some basic mechanical parts and systems like shaft
    collars, slip rings, gears, belts, pulleys, etc. We'll also talk
    about sourcing components, creative reuse of found materials,
    material selection, building for durability, etc. This class will not
    go in depth on motor control or electronics but will mostly focus on
    the electro-mechanical side of robotics.
    Required materials: work clothes that you don't mind getting dirty,
    safety glasses
    Recommended materials: an old electro-mechanical device (printer,
    scanner, fax machine, blender, something that moves!) for sacrifices,
    charged 12v battery (~5 amp hours - email if you have questions about
    what to get), soldering iron, small hand tools (snips, screw drivers,
    Instructor: Douglas Repetto
    Cost $300
    Microcontroller Progamming for Artists
    An Introduction to the Arduino System
    Thursdays, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 6:30-9:30 pm
    Have you ever wanted to build a robot or an interactive art
    installation? Have you ever wondered how LEDs, sensors and motors
    work? Through collaborative exercises and the development of a final
    project you will learn how to program and prototype with an
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    This class is geared towards beginners, and no prior knowledge of
    electronics or programming is required.
    This class will demonstrate programming and electronics basics
    through hands-on microcontroller projects. You will learn digital and
    analog input and output techniques for controlling motors and
    interpreting sensors, as well as the programming skills necessary to
    use these components effectively. We will also explore advanced
    concepts in interface, motion and display based on student interest.
    By the end of this class students will have a firm understanding of
    how microcontrollers, sensors and actuators work and how to utilize
    these tools in their own creative projects.
    Instructor: Roberto Osorio-Goenaga
    Cost: $375, including lab fee. Lab kit includes Arduino board,
    electronic components and sensors.