Creative Sound, Image & Technology Summer School

School of Culture & Creative Arts in association with Never Come Ashore

Want to find out more about creative work with sound, image and technology? Interested in learning more about programming for sound, image and interactivity?

The Creative Sound, Image and Technology summer school is aimed at anyone wishing to increase their knowledge and experience of working with sound, image and technology in creative ways.

Open to absolute beginners, as well as those with some digital media experience, the course is suitable for composers, performers, visual artists, sound artists, producers, teachers and students, or anyone wanting to experiment, explore and expand their skills. You don’t need any particular musical, visual, technical or artistic background, so if you’ve never used any of these technologies before don’t be put off; the course starts with the basics and progresses from there.

The course is centred on MAX, a highly flexible software tool for sound, graphics, music and interactivity, produced by Cycling '74.  Participants will develop their technical understanding and explore the creative potential of MAX in supervised hands-on sessions.

Taught by Dr Sebastian Lexer and now in its second year, this summer school enables participants to develop their own custom built innovative software patches that can be used for live performance, music making, installations and digital media production.

The course will address real time audio processes (including dynamic processes, filters, delays, sampling techniques and audio analysis) and video processes (including fades, colour manipulation, chromakey and segmentation) to enable the use of timelines, generative algorithms, sensors and smart phone apps, and facilitate the development of individual creative environments and instruments. It will also look at the use of DIY hardware based on microcontrollers such as Arduino.

The main course takes place over four days from Tuesday 6th – Friday 9th September, but for those with no MAX experience, there is a free introductory day on Monday 5th September

Facilities provided: iMac running MAX and a variety of other audio software; stereo monitoring via headphones or lab monitors. Participants are encouraged to bring and use their own laptops/software as desired.


Dates: 6-9 Sept 2016 (for those with some MAX experience); 5-9 Sept (for MAX beginners)
Location: Audio Lab, 14 University Gardens, University of Glasgow G12 8QH
Enquiries: Dr Nick Fells (
Course tutor: Dr Sebastian Lexer (
Number of places: 12
Fees: £250 standard price £130 student price £350 institutional CPD price
To apply:

Please note that we are unable to provide accommodation for participants.