Science Gallery Dublin are delighted to host a special two-day hardware workshop with music pioneer Nicolas Collins, in advance of our upcoming summer exhibition SOUND CHECK. This is suitable for participants with varied experience from none to a lot.
New York born and raised, Nicolas Collins spent most of the 1990s in Europe, where he was visiting artistic director of Stichting STEIM (Amsterdam), and a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin. An early adopter of microcomputers for live performance, he also makes use of homemade electronic circuitry and conventional acoustic instruments. He is editor-in-chief of the Leonardo Music Journal, and a professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
This weekend workshop guides the participants through a series of sound-producing electronic construction projects, from making simple contact microphones to building circuits from scratch — no experience necessary, but participants will be required to do some preparation and bring certain easily-obtainable materials.
The emphasis is on constructing inexpensive but versatile electronic tools that fill the gaps in computer-centric music production; tools like alternative microphones for creative sound recording and amplification, and performable electronic instruments that have the tactile quality of conventional acoustic ones.
The projects covered can include:
- A clip-lead synthesizer using nothing more than a battery and a loudspeaker
- Contact mikes and coil pickups
- A basic monitor amplifier
- Transforming a radio into a cracklebox
- Oscillators controlled by potentiometers, light sensors, skin conductivity, pencil drawings, fruit, etc.
- Analog signal processors
The curriculum is drawn from Nicolas Collins' book Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking. The workshop will end with a public performance/installation by the participants.
- Attendees will be required to bring the following materials, old(pre 2000) radios / electric-toys/electric-instruments to hack, one or more raw loudspeakers and Two nine-volt batteries. A full material list will be provided for all attendees on booking.
- Workshop Times 10am - 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
- The workshop is suitable for ages 15+, and adults of all ages are welcome.
- We have a limited amount of discount codes available for students; please email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.