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oscilloscope music and games with pure data

This is a workshop I gave at Maker Faire Rome 2019. For more information on my work on this topic, also see my Oscilloscope Game Plonat Atek .


In this workshop we will learn how to view and listen to Oscilloscope Music, how it works, and how to create your own Oscilloscope Music using PureData. Please bring a laptop and headphones to participate.

Oscilloscope Music is music produced in such a way, that when the stereo signal is applied to an Oscilloscope screen, the same signals that are heard create a visual animation.

You can see some examples of Oscilloscope Music created by Jerobeam Fenderson here:


In this workshop, we will cover the following:

  • What is Oscilloscope Music?
  • How do Oscilloscopes work?
  • How do Speakers and Audio Waves work?
  • Simulating an Oscilloscope on your laptop
  • Creating Oscilloscope Sounds using the PureData visual programming language

No special experience is required for this workshop. Please bring a laptop and headphones! If you are using an Operating System other than Windows and Mac OS X, please install “purr-data” before the workshop.


focus the slide area with the mouse and hit ‘r’ to adjust the content scaling. optimized for 1080p projectors.


Oscilloscope Music and Games with Pure Data

sol bekic, 2019