Pure Data

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Pure Data (or Pd) is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing. Pure Data is commonly used for live music performance, VJing, sound effects, composition, audio analysis, interfacing with sensors, using cameras, controlling robots or even interacting with websites. Because all of these various media are handled as digital data within the program, many fascinating opportunities for cross-synthesis between them exist. Sound can be used to manipulate video, which could then be streamed over the internet to another computer which might analyze that video and use it to control a motor-driven installation. (Source)




  • Fränk Zimmer (ed.), bang. Pure Data, Hofheim: Wolke, 2006, 175 pp. With DVD.
  • Johannes Kreidler, Loadbang: Programming Electronic Music in Pd, Hofheim: Wolke, 2009, 278 pp; 2nd ed., rev., Hofheim: Wolke, 2013, 278 pp. [1]

See also[edit]

SuperCollider, Max/MSP, Sound art, FLOSS

Sound and Music
communities of practice

Radio art, Pirate radio, Community radio, Electroacoustic music, Computer music, Sound art, Field recording, Noise, Cassette culture, Zine culture, Max/MSP, Pure Data, SuperCollider, Net radio, Live coding.
See also Artists' cultures.