On Tuesday I attended a workshop on Pure Data (PD) hosted by Manchester Free Software (MFS) at Madlab hackerspace.
By the end of the evening, most attendees had used purely graphical drag-and-drop tools to create mouse controlled synthesised instruments. The room was filled with cacophony of 50’s style beeps and twangs. Clanger fans were well catered for.
I learned that PD is used as a back end for many games and audio applications, including the massively successful Spore. I saw great potential for the use of PD by performance artists and interactive exhibitions.
A variety of people took part, and I was glad to see a comparatively high percentage of women getting involved.
Pure Data workshops are held in Manchester each week.
So, what do you think ?