CANCELED Patching Circle – Wed 17 due to snow

Date: 17th January 2018

Time: 7-9pm

Location: Big Tin Shed, Unit 7 Victoria Works, Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8LN

Sorry folks- bad snow predicted tonight starting at 7pm. Could be ok but it’s not worth risking it.

Pure Data Patching Circle Hebden Bridge: PdPcHb

Next Patching Circle:
31 Jan 7-9pm FREE! No booking required, just turn up.
Big Tin Shed, Unit 7 Victoria Works, Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8LN
It’s the last unit but one on the left right at the end of Victoria road. If you end up in the river, you have gone too far. Big roller-shutter door, ‘Big Tin Shed’ sign over the door. 2 doors down from Handmade Parade.

Join us for Patching Circle where you can learn to use Pure Data – an incredibly powerful free open source visual programming environment .
Hosted by Dr Julian Brookes

Pure Data Patching Circle Hebden Bridge (PdPcHb) – Bi-Weekly

Patching Circles are local communities interested in the programming language Pure Data (Pd). These are open and inclusive spaces where those interested in exploring interactive multimedia through Pd, come together to share, learn, demonstrate and code (‘patching’ in Pd-speak). Though we will be running tuition (mainly for audio production and performance) there’s no expectations or rigid structure to follow – it is “a room full of people patching and helping other people patch”. There are around a half dozen patching circles currently active around the world, most often in large cities. Rather than DIY this is DIWO (do it with others), often recognised as the most helpful environment for most people to learn coding skills.

Pure Data (Pd) is a free open source visual programming environment that runs on anything from personal computers to embedded devices (ie Raspberry Pi). Pd enables musicians, visual artists, performers, researchers, and developers to create software graphically without writing lines of code. Pd can be used to process and generate sound, video, 2D/3D graphics, and interface sensors, input devices, and MIDI. Pd can easily work over local and remote networks to integrate wearable technology, motor systems, lighting rigs, and other equipment. It is suitable for learning basic multimedia processing and visual programming methods as well as for realizing complex systems for large-scale projects.

Getting Started

If you haven’t already, please install Pd for your O.S. from this site:

Miller Puckette’s homepage:

For general info the Pd community page is a useful resource:

As is the Pd mailing list:

Finally (and probably most usefully), the Pd forum is stuffed full of help and example patches for a huge range of topics, with an active and friendly community of users:

I bring a speaker and 8 channel mixer. Be great if you could bring an audio cable ending in a regular jack connection to plug into the mixer (if you want to make sound), plus whatever else you require for your setup.

We currently don’t have a projector/large screen, so some kind of screen for your setup is a must (laptop probably easiest).

Pd-Extended(PdE) is now unsupported (since 2014), please make use of the newer versions of the program.
Most libraries from PdE are now available via the built-in ‘Deken’ package manager.

A few examples of some of the endless things you can do with Pd:

Solenoid Concert (Roman Haefeli)

SpeedPitch (Dan Wilcox)
(Pd running on a phone)

Complex Meshes (Miguel Chevalier – code by Cyrille Henry & Antoine Villeret)
(ceiling visuals in Pd – that’s some gaff btw:)

Finally, a clip from PdCon2016 (NYC) featuring some of the work presented:

About Me
I’m a composer, performer and academic hoping to build a network of local Pd tinkerers.
Though happy to help those new or inexperienced with Pd by leading more formal sessions,
I hope that we, PdPcHb’s usergroup, can construct an environment that recognises all our interests.
As Miller Puckette (the author of Pd) once said, “let’s build it and see what it does”.

Contact for further info:
mail [at] julian brooks [dot] net
(all one word of course)

Huge thanks to Noisy Toys for hosting.

Hope to see you there…