MICROGRANNY + BASTL (DIY) electronics workshop for beginners

April 3rd, 2013 10:00 am 
STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 Amsterdam STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 Amsterdam

Reservation for this workshop must be made in advance using this registration form.

Bastl is a Czech term for DIY that describes a particular era of eastern-bloc underground artists who worked heavily with electronics. This is a “modern Bastl” workshop for total beginners to learn about the modern approach to making art with electronics and open source hardware/software. The workshop will focus around building your own open-source digital sampler, the microGranny, that you will take home with you after the workshop.

(read more about the microGranny here on Create Digital Music)

What you will learn:

  • the essentials of working with electronics: soldering and important terminology
  • the basics of working with synthesizers and samplers
  • an introduction to the world of open-source hardware and it’s possibilities
  • current and historic trends in DIY electronic arts culture and bastl

The workshop is taught by the founders of Standuino, a cultural initiative and DIY electronics platform that celebrates the rich history of underground bastl artists from the former Czechoslovakia.



TIME: 10:00 – until finish
COST: €90 (includes all parts costs of microGranny granular sampler)
LOCATION: STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 Amsterdam




All parts and equipment are included as part of the workshop registration fee. No prior knowledge of electronics, programming, or digital synthesis is necessary for this workshop. The workshop leaders will teach you everything you need to know.

Please bring a pair of headphones to be able to listen to your instrument!




Václav Peloušek is an artist, musician and inventor and Ond?ej Merta is an artist, musician, actor, DJ and filmmaker both born in Brno. They both studied at the Art & Science Department of the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and at Multimedia Department of Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno. Peloušek studied also Multimedia Composition at Janá?ek Academy of Performing Arts in Brno and New Media at Winchester School of Art. Merta studied also Film Theory, Aesthetics at Masaryk University in Brno. They are the founders of Standuino project and members of bands Hugo & Zoe, CaveArt and Standuino Orchestra. They are also members of 4AM mediaLab and Grau Kllktv.

Standuino workshop


Václav Peloušek and Ond?ej Merta are founders of the Standuino project. Standuino was founded on May 2011 at Multiplace festival with workshop that took place at 4AM medialab gallery in Brno. Since then, the Standuino project has spawned a series of musical instruments such as the fraAngelico and microGranny. The Standuino creative team consists of Ond?ej Merta, Václav Peloušek, Martin Baar, Ond?ej Homola and others. Since starting Standuino the team has carried out over 25 workshops in 7 countries in Europe, as well as Standuino solo exhibitions at REMAKE festival in Brno and at Boutique in Cologne.