stephen bradshaw: gestural control of computer music - a practical introduction (workshop)

flomak elegance, 22/02 - 19:30

limited capacity - ONLY 20 TICKETS AVAILABLE

Have you ever wanted to make music out of thin air?


In this workshop we’ll learn about the possibilities of making sounds on a computer using
“gestural controllers”. This includes everything from Nintendo Wii remotes, to joysticks, to
webcams. The focus will be on finding fun and expressive ways to make music with physical
gestures – whether that’s lifting your hand to change the volume of a synth, or snapping your
fingers to start and stop a drum loop.

We’ll get hands on with some free software called Max/MSP and a controller called the
Gametrak* and by the end of the workshop you’ll have helped to create a brand new
electronic instrument!

The workshop is suitable for:

  • Complete computer music beginners

  • More experienced computer musicians who would like to learn about gestural / physical

  • Anybody else who is interested in music and gesture.


If you would like to participate in the instrument building of this workshop, please bring a laptop. If you don’t have access to a laptop or would prefer just to observe, that’s absolutely fine – there will be other ways for you to participate.

If you have any questions feel free to email