2014 Workshops


11:00 AM to 12:15 PM, $15
Playdoh Vs. Lego: A Composer’s Take on Hacker-Culture
Do your bending sessions leave your audience dazed instead of exhiliarted? You’ve got so much to say and places to explore with your creativity, it’d be a shame not to take your fans with you. This workshop will help! A composer’s take on hacker-culture; this brief crash course in musical forms other than verse-chorus. Students should bring laptops and a piece we can work with- an audio file of a circuit bending session or performance. We’ll put some handles on your ideas, and help take your work to the next level. With Kyle Baker. Buy tickets.

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM, $15
Piezo Mic Making
In this workshop, we’ll hack piezoelectric disks to make contact mics and put them on found objects to reveal the sounds that they make.Piezoelectric sensors work by converting mechanical stress into an electric charge. The prefix piezo- is Greek for ‘press’ or ‘squeeze’. Piezo mics are incredibly cheap to make, can be mounted to almost anything, and produce a sound unlike any other type of microphone. With Christopher Lavery. Buy tickets.

2:15 PM to 3:30 PM, $15
Hacking the Gameboy
This workshop will demonstrate and provide all needed resources for using the gameboy as a realtime controllable noise maker (using roms such as Deathray, Shitwave, muddyGB, etc) and as a lofi sample player via LSDJ. We will have real hardware on hand and for those that aren’t familiar with gameboy homebrew hardware we will also use the emulator program BGB. A reference sheet with names, links, and short descriptions of all soft/hardware used will a be provided but bring a usb drive if you’d like a zip of everything! We can also help with emulator setup on laptops or smartphones. With Arnie Holder, Frank Angotti. Buy tickets. 

3:45 PM to 6:15 PM, $15
Hex-Schmitt Trigger Oscillator
A simple Hex-Schmitt trigger Oscillator. It’s a pretty easy to make synth that can be expanded on almost infinitely. It was one of the first handmade electronic noise makers I made based off the design in the Handmade Electronic Music handbook. Bring a 9Volt battery. With Christopher Lavery. Buy tickets.


11:00 AM to 12:15 PM, $15
Subverting Apple & Google
Apple and Google are two of the most influential and powerful companies in the world. Both companies have transformed how, when and where we access information. The dominant logics these companies have utilized, and in some instances invented, in order to corner markets has turned many prosumers off. This workshop will be focused on problematizing the user experience Apple and Google dictate and the dominant logics they embrace. With Patrick Quinn. Buy tickets.

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM, $15
Bending with Photoresistors!
Jeff Boynton will show you how to add photoresistors to circuit bendable devices so that light will control pitch! The more light that hits the photoresistor, the higher the pitch of your device. We will add a switch so that you can turn this feature on and off. With Jeff Boynton. Buy tickets.

2:15 PM to 4:30 PM, $15
Microcontrol of a Macroworld: Physical Computing with Arduino
Physical computing refers to the process of harnessing real-world data such as human motion to control electronic media such as video, sound, and kinetic sculpture. Students will learn the basics of Arduino programming, how to connect electronic sensors, and how to use sensor data inside the computer to create digital art in realtime. In the course of the workshop students will build a simple physical interface for controlling audio-visual software provided by the instructor. Arduinos, sensors, and at least 3 laptops will be provided. With Josh G. Buy tickets.