Intro to Programming I
April 04, 2018 - April 25, 2018

About the workshop
Introduction to Programming I is the first course in a two-part series that introduces students to basic programming concepts and prepares them for intermediate and advanced programming instruction in Fuse Factory classes and workshops, or elsewhere. Introduction to Programming I covers the concepts of types, values, expressions, conditional execution, looping, and functions. Students will explore and practice these concepts using JavaScript to write simple numerical applications. Some creative graphical programming will also be introduced using P5.js.

There are no prerequisites for this course. Students are not be expected to have any prior programming experience. Students should bring their laptops to class. Otherwise, all materials and tools required to complete the course will be provided.

For a complete introduction to programming, it is recommended that students follow this course with Introduction to Programming II. The class will meet for four one-hour sessions. Students will be expected to complete some light homework assignments between sessions.

About the instructor
Michael Perkins is a technologist, musician and philosopher with special interests in Buddhist philosophy, discrete mathematics, data science, contemporary jazz, and algorithmic music. He is a graduate of Georgia State University where he studied music and philosophy and The Ohio State University where he studied philosophy and computer science. He completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy at The Ohio State University in 1983. For 35 years, Michael has developed advanced software systems for some of the world’s leading software vendors. He has designed and implemented special-purpose programming languages, data management tools, application generators, cross-platform networking software, and IT systems management software. Currently, Michael is Chief Scientist for Prosper Technologies, where he designs and implements software systems for integrating, analyzing and visualizing complex sets of data.

Workshop fees
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Intro to Programming I
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Performance: Thollem (NM) + Sound Trash (CMH) + LA Jenkins/Stop By Fear (CMH)
April 20, 2018

On the evening of Friday, April 20th, we are proud to present keyboardist/songwriter Thollem, who will perform his newest work Technicolor Grey Zone, featuring the films of Martha Colburn, ACVilla and Tuia Cherici. Joining Thollem on the bill is Caleb Miller and Nick Weckman’s free jazz project Sun Trash (CMH) and jazz improv trio Stop By Fear. Doors 7:30pm, admission $5-$10. BYOB, all ages.

About Technicolor Grey Zone is a multimedia collaboration between Thollem and the films and video art of Martha Colburn (U.S./Holland), Tuia Cherici (Italy/France) and ACVilla (U.S.). TGZ is a powerful, responsive and unforgettable show pairing Thollem’s live electric score with Colburn’s stop-motion history of all of America’s wars in 10 minutes, Cherici’s wonder-inducing hand-built social commentaries, and ACVilla’s meditations on the present moment.

Thollem has worked with each of these artists on various projects throughout North America and Europe including Maxxi Museum (Rome), University of Illinois, Philadelphia Museum of Art, New Museum, SF MOMA, Crowley Theater, San Diego Institute of Art, Crystal Bridges, Toledo Museum of Art, Trinosophes, Pioneer Works, Northwest Film Forum, SITE Santa Fe, Sundance, Rotterdam Film Festival and more.

About the performers:

Thollem is a pianist, keyboardist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author and teacher. He’s spent his life skirting and erasing the edges of boundaries musically, culturally, geographically. His work is ever changing, evolving and responding to the times and his experiences, both as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of artists across idioms and disciplines. Though Thollem’s widely known as an acoustic piano player, he’s also the lead vocalist for the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti and has recently branched out significantly into the world of electronics through a multitude of projects.

Sun Trash is a free music/ friendship duo of Nick Weckman (clarinet, trombone, voice, loops, uke, trash) and Caleb Miller (sax, MS-20, keys, clarinet, laptop, trash) based in Columbus, OH. They simply strive to make something together.

Stop by Fear is the unique collaboration between creative artists that share a love for adventurous musical styling and sounds. They have come together in anticipation of adding their voice to the universal cacophony of that very special music that generations have loved. The quintessential marriage of new music in the genre of modern jazz/free improvisation, jazz rock, ambient, experimental and the avant-garde, funk jazz music and Neo soul/R&B.

The main locomotive engine of this collective is L.A. Jenkins, a modern jazz guitarist/ composer; L.A. has many musical styles and interests and his art and creativity is on display in this presentation. His relaxed approach to his art is always about the music and the collaboration he forges with other like minded musicians.