“Multi-touched" – A workshop on multi-touch interfaces presented by Fashionbuddha Studio, Randy Jones, and Let’s Go Outside
Dates // Thursday, September 24th, 2009
Hours // 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Location // Seattle Art Museum – Langdon and Anne Simons Board Room
Admission // Free, open to the public
Multi-touch technology is rapidly evolving into something useful, creative, and affordable. “Multi-touched”, presented by Fashionbuddha Studio, Randy Jones, and Let’s Go Outside at this year’s Decibel Festival, sets out to showcase the latest and greatest of the multi-touch world with an emphasis on the very real possibilities of adding these amazing interfaces to the performing electronic musician’s arsenal.
Fashionbuddha’s Creative Director, Todd Greco, will show how the studio built their own multi-touch display for under a grand and all the creative things you can use it for once its running. He’ll also provide a brief overview of multi-touch technology and point the audience towards the resources they need to start making their own devices.
Orac Records label head Randy Jones will talk a little about his research into control of physical modeling and bring his prototype multi-touch controller, featured on Gizmodo, Make Blog and Create Digital Music, for a hands-on demonstration. He’ll also give a preview of some of the upcoming hardware from Madrona Labs.
Stephen Schieberl, better known as Soma Records’ artist Let’s Go Outside, will be demonstrating his DIY mul-ti-touch MIDI controller. He’ll be explaining the advantages of using a multi-touch screen for music performance and inform participants how to design their own controller with little or no prior programming experience using his Flash-based application, as well as give people the opportunity to try it out themselves.
Todd Greco (Fashionbuddha Studio)
Fashionbuddha Studio creates world-class animations and interactive experiences. Fashionbuddha has a unique studio setup that pairs artists, musicians, animators and programmers to develop award-winning projects for clients and the creative community. Fashionbuddha Studio is featured in Communication Arts Design and Interactive Annuals, How Magazine, and won Best of Show at the 2009 Webvisionary Awards.
Randy Jones (Madrona Labs / Orac Records)
Randy Jones is a composer and designer whose work explores new systems for audiovisual expression. He has performed and lectured at festivals including Cimatics (Brussels), MUTEK (Montreal), the Festival de Música Electroacústica (Havana), Decibel (Seattle), and New Forms (Vancouver). He was a co-developer of Jitter, the video and 3D graphics processing software published by Cycling ‘74. At his new company, Madrona Labs, Randy and his colleagues are on a mission to design and build electronic instruments that are as expressive as acoustic ones.
Let’s Go Outside (Soma Quality Recordings / Slant Records)
Stephen Schieberl was born in Milan, Italy and is now living in Portland, Oregon. He took the moniker “Let’s Go Outside” as a tribute to his fascination with outdoor activities, most notably parachuting. Let’s Go Outside started DJing and producing electronic music as a teenager in the early nineties in Southern California. He was picked up by Glasgow-based Soma Quality Recordings in 2006, receiving support from luminaries such as Andrew Weatherall, Laurent Garnier, Ivan Smagghe, and more. 2008 saw the release of his debut album, “A Picnic with the Hunters”, on Soma Records, pairing that with a successful European tour performing for sold out crowds at venues including Fabric, The Loft, The Arches and Sub Club. He has now started his own imprint, Slant Records, and is set to release his second album on Soma, “Conversations with My Invisible Friends”, this October.