madam data is creating music and music software
3

patrons

$37
per month
hi!

I'm madam data [they/them]. I am an experimental musician, teacher, programmer and writer. I've been making music for over a decade - in that time I've written an space opera about ducks, performed live in countless venues including that one time with Moor Mother that I'm quite pleased with, taught dozens of students the finer points of building audio instruments in SuperCollider, Pure Data, and handmade circuits, and produced hours of recordings. In the daytime I work as an educator and entertainer for very very young people, and I usually find I have a lot in common with them.

Besides my performance and teaching work, I've been involved for several years now in developing free and open source software instruments that I hope anyone can use. In 2016 I designed and programmed ANAS, a modular synthesizer environment for the free audio programming environment SuperCollider, and I'm currently working on its spiritual successor, ECL.  I'm deeply invested in the idea that powerful music software should be easily accessible and I've been working hard to make that a reality. Unfortunately, my time is becoming more and more limited and I haven't been able to really get these programs out to people who might use them.

I'm having a difficult time right now. I've been barely making ends meet for a few months and it's basically unsustainable - so I need your help. If I can get a steady(er) income, I'll have more time to make music, create software, write blogs, plan events, and generally provide healing for the people I'm around.

What there is to gain from this: (besides the satisfaction of literally making my survival possible)

1. better, and better documented software that you can use! I am currently working on ECL, a free modular synthesizer for Pure Data, another free audio programming environment. It is currently freely available on my github, but it has a ways to go before it's easy to install, easy to use and has all the extremely necessary documentation required for a complete beginner to get started.

Given enough support, I will also have the time to teach myself to code better, and write better software.

2. More writing about music. I have a lot of thoughts on music and hope to one day have the time to write them out for posterity.

3. More music! I believe that music can be a healing force and I want to bring that to the world.

4. More teaching. If possible I would like to begin a video and maybe real-life series about making creative music with open source tools. Open source, for all its rhetoric about freedom, has often failed in its implementation stages and I'd like to give a shot at closing the gap between programmers and users, especially among marginalized people in Philadelphia. It won't be a solution to the many problems open source has, but it'll be a start and it'll mean getting good software to people who need it.


Tiers
little data
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
get free stuff, exclusive tracks, a thank you note

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
big data
$20 or more per month 1 patron
free stuff and custom stuff! 

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
  • I will make a track for you, with any text you provide, once a m
big data v2
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
free stuff plus lessons

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
  • I will give you a music production lesson online, once a month
Goals
$37 of $100 per month
I will start making how-to videos for using the software I create.
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hi!

I'm madam data [they/them]. I am an experimental musician, teacher, programmer and writer. I've been making music for over a decade - in that time I've written an space opera about ducks, performed live in countless venues including that one time with Moor Mother that I'm quite pleased with, taught dozens of students the finer points of building audio instruments in SuperCollider, Pure Data, and handmade circuits, and produced hours of recordings. In the daytime I work as an educator and entertainer for very very young people, and I usually find I have a lot in common with them.

Besides my performance and teaching work, I've been involved for several years now in developing free and open source software instruments that I hope anyone can use. In 2016 I designed and programmed ANAS, a modular synthesizer environment for the free audio programming environment SuperCollider, and I'm currently working on its spiritual successor, ECL.  I'm deeply invested in the idea that powerful music software should be easily accessible and I've been working hard to make that a reality. Unfortunately, my time is becoming more and more limited and I haven't been able to really get these programs out to people who might use them.

I'm having a difficult time right now. I've been barely making ends meet for a few months and it's basically unsustainable - so I need your help. If I can get a steady(er) income, I'll have more time to make music, create software, write blogs, plan events, and generally provide healing for the people I'm around.

What there is to gain from this: (besides the satisfaction of literally making my survival possible)

1. better, and better documented software that you can use! I am currently working on ECL, a free modular synthesizer for Pure Data, another free audio programming environment. It is currently freely available on my github, but it has a ways to go before it's easy to install, easy to use and has all the extremely necessary documentation required for a complete beginner to get started.

Given enough support, I will also have the time to teach myself to code better, and write better software.

2. More writing about music. I have a lot of thoughts on music and hope to one day have the time to write them out for posterity.

3. More music! I believe that music can be a healing force and I want to bring that to the world.

4. More teaching. If possible I would like to begin a video and maybe real-life series about making creative music with open source tools. Open source, for all its rhetoric about freedom, has often failed in its implementation stages and I'd like to give a shot at closing the gap between programmers and users, especially among marginalized people in Philadelphia. It won't be a solution to the many problems open source has, but it'll be a start and it'll mean getting good software to people who need it.


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Tiers
little data
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
get free stuff, exclusive tracks, a thank you note

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
big data
$20 or more per month 1 patron
free stuff and custom stuff! 

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
  • I will make a track for you, with any text you provide, once a m
big data v2
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
free stuff plus lessons

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
  • I will give you a music production lesson online, once a month