San Francisco Music Production School, RobotSpeak Hosts Seminar on Multi-touch Interfaces

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RobotSpeak, an electronic music school and technical support provider in the Bay Area, and Madrona Labs hosts a seminar on music and multi-touch interfaces.

Soundplane A, a new musical instrument at RobotSpeak

RobotSpeak a San Francisco music production school, continues its tradition of showcasing new and unusual electronic music instruments and controllers by hosting Multi-touch Interfaces: Beyond the Tablet, a seminar on multi-touch interfaces. The seminar will be held in house at 4 p.m. on Nov. 5. The event will feature Madrona Labs’ Soundplane A.

Soundplane A is a new musical instrument designed specifically for computer music performances. It is a computer music controller with the feel of an acoustic instrument. Randy Jones, Soundplane inventor, will present a prototype, demonstrate some of what it offers to musicians and make it available for hands-on time by attendees.

Other visions of multi-touch will spring from do-it-yourself efforts and maker culture. Capacitive sensing is a simple technology that makers can easily integrate into new designs. Randy will demonstrate how to make touch sensors with little more than some foam, tinfoil and an audio interface, and discuss the benefits as well as the limitations of these devices.

“RobotSpeak offers the sensible alternative to expensive certificate schools. Our classes are designed to empower the home and project studio musician with real-world skills so they can start making better music now with the gear they actually own,” says Steve Taomina of RobotSpeak.

RobotSpeak has a number of exciting classes coming up.

DJing with Ableton will have its next session November 14 and 16 at RobotSpeak. These two hour classes will offer tips and tricks needed to understand the best and most efficient way to prepare a DJ set in Ableton. Students are encouraged to bring their laptop with the tune of their choice and plug into their projector while obtaining instructions on how to prepare songs for maximum usability during a DJ set. For more information on this class, visit http://www.robotspeak.com/html/catalog.html#abletondj.

The first three Saturdays in December will help people build their own arduino-based MIDI controller. These sessions will be held at 1 p.m. on December 3, 10 and 17. This class is designed for anyone wanting to learn how to design and build their own MIDI controller. No experience is required and students will learn basic electronic signal flow and simple applications of the Arduino platform, and will leave the class with a custom 8 knob / 8 button MIDI control surface. Students will provide an enclosure of their choice - anything from a cigar box, old radio, toaster, whatever can easily access and fit the internal wiring. For more information on this class, visit http://www.robotspeak.com/html/catalog.html#diymidi.

Another class, Ableton 202, will take place on November 5 and 7 at 7 p.m. This class is designed to take students beyond the 101 with tips and trick that are off the beaten path. For more details, please visit http://www.robotspeak.com/html/catalog.html#ableton202.

For more information on RobotSpeak, call 415-230-0840 or visit http://www.robotspeak.com. RobotSpeak is located at 589 1/2 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94117.

About RobotSpeak

Established in 2002 by Alan Stewart and Steve Taomina, RobotSpeak caters to the Bay Area’s expanding San Francisco electronic music and laptop performance scene. In addition to offering top-notch gear, RobotSpeak provides education and technical support to computer musicians of every technical background. They also host free clinics with software specialists and industry icons, and offer classes in various programs such as DJ classes, where participants learn about DJ equipment, and music production schools, which cover the basics needed for home music production.

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