Frank Barknecht

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Writer, software developer and sound/code artist living in Cologne. Since 2005 he is part of goto10, an international collective of media artists, musicians and coders devoted to using and promoting Free Software in their work, which was founded in France originally. His favorite weapon of mass creation is the software “Pure Data” written as open source project by Miller Puckette and many others. He is involved in the “Pd scene” since around 2001, where he is supporting new users through the Pd mailing lists and helps maintain the central code repository.

He wrote a handful of Pd objects like the popular fluid~ soundfont synthesizer for Pd, but most of the time he concentrates on developing libraries of Pd patches, so called abstractions. These include the preset handlers Memento and SSSAD, the instrument collection RRADical, and recently a port of Karlheinz Essl’s Realtime Composition Library for Max/MSP to Pd. Currently he holds a fellowship at the Soundlab of the Academy of Media Arts KHM in Cologne.