Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Workshops

Introduction to Circuit Bending
Sunday, Nov. 28, 1:00 - 4:50
The Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N Lincoln Ave
Register at 773-728-6000

Take apart your old toys and make a brand new musical instrument! Circuit bending is the art of modifying existing battery-powered electronics (like children's toys, guitar effects units, inexpensive battery-powered instruments, etc.) to create unique musical instruments by adding wires, knobs, and switches to control new connections within the device's pre-existing circuitry. Enjoy bizarre sounds, electronic loops, sampling, distortion, and other easy to create effects. At the end of this workshop you'll be able to identify and explore the basic components of a typical circuit board, install an output jack, switches, body contacts (and more!), and control a world of new sounds. No previous electronics experience is required! Tools and components will be provided. Students are required to bring one or two battery powered devices to the class.

How to Build A Simple Contact Microphone
Sunday Dec. 5, 1:00 - 2:50
The Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N Lincoln Ave
Register at 773-728-6000

Contact mics are inexpensive, easy to build, and can be a source for fun and experimental ways of creating new sounds for recording, art installations or various live performances. In just two hours we will show you how to make a simple, effective contact microphone from surplus and discarded materials. Students are encouraged to bring random objects to amplify - sheet metal, cardboard boxes, acoustic instruments, slinkies, coat hangers, textured plastic objects, etc.
No previous electronics experience is required!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Experimental Sound Studio Fundraiser

Sunday, November 21, 2010
3:00 - 6:00 PM

Roth Mobot has been asked to play a fundraiser for the ESS. It's an "invitation only" event. So, maybe you can call them and get an invitation.

We'll tweat the afterparty.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Patrick McCarthy to Address the Rotary Club

Patrick has been invited to speak at the Rotary Club's weekly luncheon. Patrick has been striving for years towards a teaching career that focuses on eliminating technophobia in his students via Circuit Bending workshops and performances. He will be giving a brief impromptu performance, a short lecture on the Acquired Technology Arts, and its use in preparing students for high tech careers.