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27 September 2011 | 15:00 - 19:00 | Workshop | €75 (includes cost of Crackleboard kit and materials)

Crackleboard Hacking Workshop
Build an electronic instrument made for hacking. Experiment with new forms and functions for this fun and flexible sound machine!

Original annoucement:

Get your hands dirty experimenting with sound, circuits, and sensors by building your own STEIM Crackleboard instrument, a highly hackable analog synthesizer based on the playful and unpredictable sound circuitry of the classic CrackleBox. The circuitry of the Crackleboard is specially tuned to produce sound by "circuit bending" through direct touch. When you touch it, electricity flows through your body and changes the way the circuit behaves. Every body is different, and so the sounds of each Crackleboard will be different as well!

But the Crackleboard is meant to be hacked, with a specially-made prototyping board for extending its function with various sensors and conductive materials. Metal kitchen ware, pencil lead, water, anything that conducts electricity is fair game!

This workshop will take you through some soldering basics and the how-to of assembling a CrackleBoard synthesizer. From there we will jump into exploring ways of extending its sound and function using various conductive materials, pre-fab and self-made sensors, and playing techniques. At the end you'll walk away with a unique and novel noise instrument, a crackling work of art, or something in-between.



Crackleboard - Clack



Date: Tuesday September 27, 2011
Time: 15:00 - 19:00
Cost: €75 (includes cost of materials and Crackleboard synth kit)
Location: Frascati Room 3, Nes 63, 1012KD Amsterdam
Maximum number of participants: 15
Reserve a spot online through the registration link above! Please register soon, as spots are filling up quickly!

This is a beginners workshop. No prior experience with soldering or electronics is necessary, only an open mind and a willingness to experiment!

Please bring any resistive sensors or conductive materials you would like to experiment with. The Crackleboard synthesizer works by using the electronic resistance of materials to alter its sound. Different materials sound different and are played differently!

Some examples of fun things that conduct electricity:

  • Conductive cloth/thread
  • Anything metal
  • Water
  • Tin foil
  • Carbon/graphite/pencil lead
  • Your body

Also feel free to bring any additional materials you would like to use to encase your instrument. Boxes, fabrics, and sewing equipment can be especially nice. Basic construction tools will be provided.

A Crackleboard synth kit and some basic sensors and conductive materials will be provided for your experimenting pleasure.

Daniel Schorno is an experimental composer/musician, born in Zurich/Switzerland. He studied composition in London with Melanie Daiken and electronic and computer music in The Hague/Netherlands, with Joel Ryan and Clarence Barlow.

Invited by past STEIM director Michel Waisvisz, he lead STEIM - the renown Dutch Studio for Electro Instrumental Music, and home of 'New Instruments' - as Artistic Director until 2005. There he collaborated with musicians and artists like Frank van de Ven, Frances-Marie Uitti, Netochka Nezvanova, Laetitia Sonami, Francisco Lopez, Jon Rose, Anne Laberge, Steina Vasulka, and numerous Dutch New Music Ensembles and organisations like the FNM/Stuttgart and the Theremin Institute/Moscow. He is currently STEIM's composer-in-research and creative project advisor.Recent works also include the ongoing 'KAIROS Project', where he invites instrumental virtuosi to play along with his new sensor instruments. His concerts and workshops have taken him all over Europe and as far afield as Johannesburg's Soweto, Iceland, Shanghai and the street artists & kids of Guatemala City.



Jonathan Reus is a Dutch/American artist, researcher, and educator. He has researched in depth issues of music interaction and technology and has given talks at various music-technology festivals and conferences. He currently works at STEIM in Amsterdam, where he develops workshops for artists.

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