12 - 18 SEPTEMBER 2005

Sonic Arts Network in partnership with The Watershed Media Centre, Bristol present The Connectors, an international festival at the cutting edge of sound and image processing, there will be artist led masterclasses and software courses

Software Courses: Artist led software courses giving hands on instruction in the tools of contemporary AV invention

Jo Hyde – Introducing Jitter
2 day course
Monday 12 and Wednesday 14 September

Jitter: a set of 135 video, matrix and 3D graphics objects for the Max graphical programming environment. The Jitter objects extend the functionality of MaxMSP with flexible means to generate and manipulate matrix data — any data that can be expressed in rows and columns, such as video and still images, 3D geometry, as well as text, spreadsheet data, particle systems, voxels or audio. Jitter is useful to anyone interested in real-time video processing, custom effects, 2D/3D graphics, audio/visual interaction, data visualization and analysis.

Yasser Rashid – Introducing Processing
2 day course
Tuesday 13 and Thursday 15 September

Processing: a programming language and environment built for the electronic arts and visual design communities. It was created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook. Processing is an open project initiated by Ben Fry and Casey Reas.
This two-day course constitutes an intensive and hands-on focusing on the creation of interactive sound and visual programs for online, installation or live performance using the Processing environment.

Brian O’Reilly – Strategies for Constructing Moving Images
2 evening course (6pm =AD 9pm)
Tuesday 13 and Thursday 15 September

Changes in media technologies over the past several years have resulted in a redefining of the boundaries between video, and the other media arts. This course will serve as an introduction to the working methods, theories, processes and programs used in binding those relationships.

The emphasis of this course will be divided into several segments with portions devoted to the viewing historical time-art works, as well as technical lectures on media production and advanced techniques in DVD authoring.

This course is intended for all levels of students, by exposing them to particular strategies, tools and techniques that could provide useful insights into creating their own projects related to the production of moving images (ranging from short film subjects and documentaries, to purely abstract pieces, video installations and inter-media works).

General themes to be covered:

– Techniques in the composition of moving images
– Mapping the moving image to sonic gestures
– Video construction strategies and media generation techniques using both
software and hardware
– Excerpted history of video (re)synthesis
– Advanced techniques in DVD authoring