About

No time to read these long paragraphs? Then you can go straight to my CV

But if you have more time then, hello! Welcome to the personal website of me, Adityo Pratomo, or you can call me Didit (as in Britney Spears’ song “Oops I Did It Again”). I’m an interaction designer/new media artist/musician/filmmaker and consider myself actively creating work in those field. So, while you’re here, feel free to explore my work.

I was born in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1986, and saw myself moving from city to city with or without my parents. I graduated from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in 2008 with a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering majoring in Computer Engineering. I then spent one-and-a-half year working as a Operating Support System consultant at Packet Systems Indonesia, one of the best IT service solution provider in Indonesia. Working as a consultant/engineer couldn’t hinder my interest in the world of new media art, so I decided to leave my job and pursue a master degree that could fulfill my interest in that field. Therefore, I then enrolled in the Interaction Design and Electronic Art Master Course at University of Sydney. I finished the course in November 2011 and went home to Jakarta afterwards. I then decided to just follow my gut instincts and live as a freelance new media artist/coder for a living since.

I view computer as an important tool in creating art in today’s world. It’s another form of brush and paint for painter, another pen and ink for illustrator, another guitar for musician. Having a degree in Electrical Engineering helps me understanding the mechanic system of computer, how it works and how it can be manipulated to work as I desire, generate colors in certain space, play notes in certain frequency. In short, I use computer closely in creating my work and I even try to explore the possibilities in new form of interactivity between human and computer. My goal is to design system for human-computer interaction as human as possible, giving the human a natural system to work with. If Da Vinci was an artist and an inventor, then why I couldn’t be like him?

Having said that, you can guess that my work will involve heavy use of software, and you are right. For my interactive art activities, I use openFrameworks, Processing, Arduino, vvvv and TouchDesigner. Those are programming environments for artist. Each has its own pros and cons, so I use them interchangeably depending on the scope of work. I can also use Max/MSP, Pure Data and Quartz Composer so I have another tool in the box in case I need something.

For my filmmaking activity, I rely on Apple Final Cut Studio, or even iMovie if I’m in the mood of creating something simple and quick. I’m currently using my Sony CX-100 Handycam (it’s an HD! LOL) for recording film.

I’m also currently engaging myself in the possibilities of creating web-based application with JavaScript and HTML 5. The state of today’s web technologies are just interesting, so I think I’ll just let myself swim in that beautiful sea of inventions.

I mainly use guitar, either it’s my Epiphone Les Paul Standard, or my Fender Telecaster to create music, recorded to my Macbook with software such as the quick and awesome Garage Band and further edit it in the mighty Ableton Live. I also play synthesizer, to me it’s an equipment for engineer, the only musical equipment where I can practice my knowledge from Digital Signal Processing class that I took back in the bachelor day. I had an Alesis Micron and a Korg EMX-1 for that purpose. I also had a quite extensive collection of guitar effects that I can use conventionally or sometimes I just plug the guitar out of the effect and turn knobs to create pure noise bliss.

Anyway that’s all about me. Anything else? Well I’m a huge football fan, I support AC Milan, FC Barcelona, West Ham United FC and Bontang FC (that’s a local Indonesian football team from my hometown). I’m a big fan of metal and experimental electronic music. My top 5 favorite bands that I can mention without having to stop and think that “I’ll look smart if I mention this…” are: Metallica, At The Drive-In, Deftones, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Mastodon. I drink 3 cups of coffee a day.

Voila, that’s it. Again, thank you for coming and enjoy you’re stay at this website.

Cheers,

Adityo Pratomo

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