Loud Objects: Digital Hardcoooore Construction & Coding Workshop

November 7th, 2013 3:00 pm 

(Beginners welcome)

Learn about sound, electricity, coding basics, and speakers. Try to build an array of new sound possibilities for 1-bit noise, using Atmel ATTINY85 microchips. There’s a lot you can do with full control of every individual sample, it’s a strange way to create sound.


Learn hardware audio synthesis with the Loud Objects, who create complex music with simple, hand-built electronic instruments.  Participants get hands-on experience working with basic electronics to create gritty electronic sound.

In the first half of this workshop, participants will solder a minimal digital circuit, learning how electronics work and how little experience is necessary to create entirely new instruments.

The second half of the workshop will focus on the code behind the noise, exploring what is actually happening in the microchip to create electronic sound from the ground up.  Programming at the hardware level directly can give artists discrete control of an electric speaker several million times a second, a finer degree of control over the audio waveform than in most desktop software.


– Introductory understanding of physical sound
– Introductory understanding of electronics, information, and computation
– Basic understanding of digital sound and information & translation.
– Basic soldering skills
– Basic understanding of electronic circuits
– Basic understanding of microprocessors
– Introductory C Programming
– Basic programming sound synthesis

Participants will be able to take home their instrument and continue to program and develop it using a number of different USB-compatible ‘AVR’ programmers available via various suppliers. Participants can also purchase the programmer at the workshop for an additional cost of 50E.


DATE: 7 November, 2013
TIME: 15:00 – 19:00
LOCATION: STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 Amsterdam
COST: €50, payment at the door.
Please reserve by sending an email to knock[at]steim[dot]nl


Tristan Perich‘s work is inspired by the aesthetic simplicity of math, physics and code, is the creator of 1-Bit Music (2004) and 1-Bit Symphony (2010) circuit albums, has written music performed internationally by Bang on a Can, Calder Quartet, Yarn/Wire, Eighth Blackbird, and others, and has work presented at the Whitney Museum, Mass MoCA, Sonar, Ars Electronica, Bitforms Gallery, Museo Caradente, and is a currently featured artist in the Museum of Modern Art’s “Soundings: A Contemporary Score” sound-art exhibition.

Kunal Gupta is one of several founders and a co-director of the Silent Barn, an all-ages studio, residency, and event space in Brooklyn, which has seen press from Brutus, Nylon, New York Times, Atlantic Cities, New York Magazine, Pitchfork, Wall Street Journal, & Frieze Magazine alongside a large expansion of its programs in 2013.  Kunal Gupta is also founder and director of Babycastles since 2009, an art games movement in New York City with exhibitions at the Museum of Natural History, La Gaite Lyrique, Museum of Art & Design, Telfair Museums, Science Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of the Moving Image, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Clocktower Gallery, and SFMOMA.

Tristan and Kunal met at Columbia University, and have been working together with Katie Shima on the Loud Objects music project since 2005



Bring / Prepare
Participants should bring an object to glue their electronic parts onto.
Where possible, participants should bring their laptops, please.