Getting Started with TouchDesigner – Free workshop series

Getting Started With TouchDesigner is a 4x2-hour wokshop series held online in September - taught by Bileam Tschepe via Musichackspace and supported by Derivative. It's free to attend for anyone curious about learning TouchDesigner.


Dates & Times: Thursdays: 9th / 16th / 23rd / 30th September 6pm UK / 7pm Berlin / 10am LA / 1pm NYC
Length: 2-hours each session (8hrs total)
Level: Beginners curious about creating immersive visuals with TouchDesigner
Sign Up On: Musichackspace


Series Learning Outcomes

By the end of this series a successful student will be able to create content by:
  • Becoming familiar with the User Interface
  • Exploring TouchDesigner’s building blocks
  • Constructing dynamic visual effects
  • Applying basic audio reactivity and other techniques

Series Study Topics

  • TouchDesigner User Interface and patching
  • How to use building blocks (operators)
  • Controlling parameters for dynamic visuals
  • Audio reactivity and visual effects techniques
See below for all 4 weeks


Session 1

  • Overview, Interface, Mouse & Shortcuts
  • Operator Families & Operator Structure
  • TOPs – Texture Operators
  • CHOPs – Channel Operators


Learning Outcomes 
By the end of this session a successful student will be able to:
1: Navigate the TouchDesigner User Interface and utilise mouse and shortcuts controls
2: Become familiar with operator families and their structure
3: Construct basic networks via TOPs
4: Export CHOPs to create dynamic networks


Session 2

  • SOPs, MATs and Rendering
  • DATs
  • COMPs and Network Structure
  • Palette & Additional Info


Learning Outcomes
By the end of this session a successful student will be able to:
1: Build rendering networks via SOPs and MATs
2: Utilise and apply data via DAT operators
3: Construct custom networks via COMPs
4: Locate examples and info from resources such as the Palette


Session 3

  • Audio Overview
  • Instancing
  • Building a Project 1
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this session a successful student will be able to:
1: Utilise audio CHOPs within a network
2: Apply audio CHOPs as modulation sources
3: Build basic Instancing networks
4: Begin to construct a bespoke self directed project
Project Overview
During Session 3 and 4, you will build a self directed and bespoke project in TouchDesigner. You will be supported by the workshop leader and the teaching assistants during these sessions. You can incorporate any techniques you have learnt from the workshop series into the project.
Examples include:
  • TOPs driven from CHOPs
  • Dynamic / generative art
  • Audio reactive content
  • Basic Instancing network
  • 3D geometry via SOPs


Session 4

In session 4 you can share your project to your peers in your Zoom break-out room. You will also be asked to provide feedback on your peers project’s.


  • Building a Project 2


Learning Outcomes
By the end of this session a successful student will be able to:
1: Work independently, with support, within the TD environment
2: Apply various techniques from the workshop series to construct dynamic networks
3: Continue to construct a bespoke self directed project
4: Share their work with peers and provide feedback to peers



  • A computer with internet connection
  • A web cam and mic
  • A Zoom account
  • A three button mouse or to configure Apple Track Pad appropriately
  • TouchDesigner (free version suffices
  • If you’re on Mac please check TouchDesigner can run on your system (i.e. has basic GPU requirements such as Intel HD4000 or better)


About the workshop leader 

Bileam Tschepe aka elekktronaut is a Berlin based artist and educator who creates audio-reactive, interactive and organic digital artworks, systems and installations in TouchDesigner, collaborating with and teaching people worldwide. (Instagram: @elekktronaut)