[microsound-announce] Handmade Electronic Music 2d Wkshp with Nicolas Collins Berlin April 20 & 21

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Sat Mar 14 10:04:31 EDT 2009

Handmade Electronic Music – Hardware Hacking Workshops with Nicolas Collins
Monday 20 April & Tuesday April 21
11.00-19.00 daily with one hour lunch break
Lokation: NK / ElsenStr. 52 (2.Hof) Berlin, Germany
Telephone: +49 (0)176 20626386
Course Participation fee: 50€ per day
Registration is required for this workshop and can only be done via email
to: eNKa_NK[at]gmx[dot]de
Please register early to ensure a place
Places are limited to 20.
Hardware Hacking Workshops Description
Nicolas Collins presents two hands-on workshops in Hardware Hacking.
Assuming no technical background 
whatsoever, these workshops guide the participants through a series of
sound-producing electronic construction 
projects, from making simple contact microphones, through "bending" toys",
to making oscillators and other circuits 
from scratch. The workshops end with a performance/installation by all
participants, and a party to celebrate the 
publication of the expanded second edition of his book,
Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking.
April 20: Basic Hacking
Alternate microphones (contact mikes, coil pickups, using speakers and
headphone as microphones, tape heads, 
etc.). Homemade transducers for sending sound through objects for physical
filtering (cheap "Rainforest"). "Victorian 
synthesizer" (making an oscillator with just a speaker and a battery).
"Laying of hands" on a radio circuit board (the 
poor man’s Cracklebox). "Circuit Bending" (new noises from old toys).
April 21: Advanced Hacking
Circuits from scratch: oscillators, tremolo/gate/panner, mixers
preamp/distortion, weird analog signal processing.
New York born and raised,
Nicolas Collins studied composition with Alvin Lucier, worked for many
years with David Tudor, and has collaborated 
with numerous musicians around the world. He lived most of the 1990s in
Europe, where he was Visiting Artistic 
Director of Stichting STEIM (Amsterdam), and a DAAD composer-in-residence
in Berlin. Since 1997 he has been 
editor-in-chief of the Leonardo Music Journal. He is a Professor in the
Department of Sound at the School of the Art 
Institute of Chicago. Collins has the dubious distinction of having played
at both CBGBs and the Concertgebouw.

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