Create your own instruments and sounds with basic electronics. Then perform live! The ten members of Theremidi Orchestra (TO) will guide and assist participants during a five-day, hands-on and theoretical workshop. Participants will assemble two electronic sound devices and learn how to play them in noisy group improvisations.
The workshop will also provide a framework for aesthetic discussion, from how to improvise and work in a group and understanding the sound ranges of the instruments, to implications of collective feedback loops and concepts of social amplification. Then work collaboratively to develop the live performance. Daniel Neumann, curator of CT-SWaM, will assist in developing ideas for spatialization of the multi-channel performance.
In this workshop led by Eyebeam alums fluxxlab with collaborator Farrukh Zia participants will assemble and take home their own Personal powerPlant. The Personal powerPlant is a portable device that harnesses electricity through a hand crank generator (with solar cell option) into a rechargeable battery for use in powering portable electronic devices through a USB terminal. The workshop will begin with an introduction to circuit basics and a group discussion on sustainable energy harvesting. Personal powerPlant DIY kits will be available for purchase during the workshop. The first version of the kit (v1) can be seen on the Instructables website - http://www.instructables.com/id/personal-powerPlant/.
This workshop is for: Anyone curious, teen-adult; or pre-teens with adult collaborators. Previous experience with soldering is helpful, but not essential.