Coming weekend (April 24,25,26) STEIM hosts a workshop by Nicolas Collins, STEIM’s former artistic director. Nic is on this side of the big devide to promote the 2nd edition of his book, Handmade Electronic Music. The workshop will be the ultimate demonstration of why the book is so succesful: it’s hands-on, practical, easy and a lot of fun! I saw Nic do a part of this workshop last year for a group of non-english speaking Japanese students, and it was better than a silent movie: all could be demonstrated, pointed at. Who needs words
The workshop will be wrapped up with a presentation by the participants during the book release party on Tuesday April 28.
Nic’s own words:
‘I set out to regain the radical rethink of Alvin Lucier’s Vespers: to disassociate music and sound from the limited types of objects sold in music stores, and through this disassociation to prompt new musical discoveries; and at the same time to explore how this drama of interaction between object and idea has played out in experimental music of the past 50 years. [...] Participants leave empowered, carrying several new instruments and the skills needed to continue inventing and building on their own.’
Nicolas Collins, an active composer and performer of electronic music, is a Professor of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has led Hacking workshops around the world, from Beijing to Brussels to Bogotá, and has worked with John Cage, Alvin Lucier, David Tudor, and many other masters of modern music. 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.