[microsound-announce] UPDATE: SoundBoxes Workshop Berlin

Derek Holzer macumbista at googlemail.com
Fri May 18 09:02:07 EDT 2012

Hi folks,

I wanted to inform you that there are still places in the Soundboxes 
workshop available, and that the public presentation will be held at 
O'Tannenbaum, near Hermannplatz in Berlin-Neukoelln on Sunday 27 May at 
20:00. I will also play a short live set for DIY electronics, found 
objects and speakerbox. Hope to see you there!




Workshop: May 26 & 27, 2012, Time 11-19
Workshop Venue: NK Projekt, Elsenstr. 52 2HH 2Etage, Berlin Neukoelln

Presentation + live Macumbista set: Sunday May 27 2012, Time 20.00
Presentation Venue: O’Tannenbaum, Sonnenallee 27, Berlin Neukoelln

Discover the hidden sonic qualities of objects from our everyday world 
in this workshop, combining the arts of electronics, noise, sculpture 
and collage. The basic elements we will employ are a wooden box, a 
speaker, a small audio amplifier, and a contact microphone. To this, 
brave box-builders will add their own found objects, graphics, images, 
memories and ideas to create a unique electroacoustic cabinet of 

No previous electronics experience is necessary for this workshop. Each 
participant is required to bring several items to the workshop, please 
see below.


Day One: Introduction to simple noise/electroacoustic electronics, 
circuit soldering.

Day Two: Box-building, decoration and collage, experimentation with 
found objects as sound sources.

Final Presentation: All participants will present their finished 
soundboxes to the public at the end of the second day!


I will provide most of the tools and materials necessary for 
constructing the box, however there are a few things you should bring 

1) A BOX: This should be made of thin wood or very strong cardboard. 
Plastic can be also used, but it doesn’t sound very good. And please, no 
metal! It is too difficult to cut and drill with the tools we will have. 
This box should be a minimum of 10x10x4cm, or bigger if you want to use 
a larger speaker or have more room to decorate and add objects. Cigar 
boxes, small suitcases, instrument cases or jewelry/silverware boxes are 
all good things to look for. At least one side of the box should be no 
more than 5mm thick, to allow the hardware to be mounted.

2) A SPEAKER (OPTIONAL): I will have a selection of speakers for 
participants to use. However, if you have something special please bring 
it along, but please make sure it fits in the box you have chosen!

3) FOUND OBJECTS: Please bring as many found objects as you can to 
decorate your soundbox or use as a sound source via the contact 
microphone. Bones, shells, small sticks, bells, strings, wires, springs 
(especially!) or anything else made out of solid yet resonant material 
make great sound sources. Photographs, cloth, leather, paper or any 
other kind of material can be useful for covering the box and making 
collages. Paint, markers and pens may also be useful.

4) EFFECTS PEDALS (OPTIONAL): Any kind of battery-powered effects 
pedals, such as distortions, filters or delays, can be very useful in 
creating more nonlinearities in the feedback loop.


The NK Projekt’s page for this workshop:


You can see videos and photos from previous SoundBoxes workshops here:


Or use the “soundboxes” tag to see all posts related to SoundBoxes:



Derek Holzer (1972) is an American sound artist based in Berlin, whose 
current interests include DIY analog electronics, sound art, field 
recording and the meeting points of electroacoustic, noise, improv and 
extreme music. He has played live experimental sound, as well as taught 
workshops in noise art technology, across Europe, North America, Brazil 
and New Zealand.



Fee: EUR 35 (participation) + EUR 10 (materials) Registration is 
required and can be done by sending an email to info at nkprojekt.de with 
the subject line “SoundBoxes”

Number of Participants: Minimum 6/Maximum 14

Location: NK Projekt
Elsenstr. 52 2HH 2Etage
12059 Berlin
derek holzer

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