bang · Pure Data
175 pages, 19 x 26 cm, pb., illus. (partly 4c), DVD
Pd (aka Pure Data) is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing. Pd is free software. It is subject of a constant process of change, revealing new characteristics with each application. Is it a tool/media/instrument? Is this a question that can be answered? Is it a decision that needs to be made at all?
This publication is a compilation of texts describing different approaches to Pd, a profile of its usage and development. It is contradictory, and at the end, one finds oneself with a lot of open questions, on a technical level as well as on a philosophical one.
The 1st International Pd-Convention in Graz in fall 2004 was the motivation for this book. The authors participated at this meeting, and the enclosed DVD shows some of the works that were presented at this occasion.
With articles from: Frank Barknecht, Reinhard Braun, Ramiro Cosentino, Günther Geiger, Thomas Grill, Cyrille Henry, Jürgen Hofbauer, Reni Hofmüller, Werner Jauk, Brian Jurish, Andrea Mayr, Thomas Musil, Michael Pinter, Miller Puckette, Marc Ries, Winfreid Ritsch, Andrey Savitsky, Christian Scheib, Susanne Schmidt, Hans-Christoph Steiner, James Tittle, Harald A. Wiltsche, IOhannes m zmölnig.