This limited capacity weekender is a hands-on introduction to DIY digital audio synthesis using Arduino. For the workshop we’ll be using Standuino, an Arduino clone that’s specially designed for building stand-alone electronic devices such as synthesizers.
During an intensive two days with Standuino’s founders you will build your own fraAngelico digital synthesizer, modify the software and hardware for it to function as a frauAngelico drum sampler, and then spend the remaining time further modifying and reprogramming the synthesizer into your own customized digital sound instrument.
- Learning some basics about Arduino sound synthesis and the Standuino project
- Building the fraAngelico synthesizer
- Hardware/software modifications to allow the fraAngelico to function exchangeably as the frauAngelico drum sampler.
- Getting deeper into Arduino digital synthesis
- Advanced personal modifications to the synthesizer, adding custom sounds, new features, and new functionalities in hardware and software
DATE: 6-7 APRIL, 2013
TIME: 10:00 – until finished (each day)
COST: €110 (includes cost of fraAngelico parts and Standuino board)
MAXIMUM PARTICIPANTS LIMITED TO 10
LOCATION: STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134 Amsterdam
WHAT TO BRING / PREREQUISITES
Participants must bring a laptop with the Arduino software environment pre-installed. At least some very basic experience working with Arduino is expected, but you certainly do not have to be an expert. This workshop will be limited to 10 people, so there is room for people from varied technical levels to attend and receive one-on-one attention.
Please also bring a pair of headphones to be able to listen to your instrument while you make modifications. Otherwise all parts and equipment will be supplied at the workshop as part of your registration fee.
Standuino is a clone of the popular Arduino board that is extended to make it possible for entire functioning electronics projects to be created on the board, without the need for extra casings, wires, or special shields. And because it’s an Arduino clone, Standuino is compatible with the Arduino software libraries and the easy to use Arduino programming environment.
The Standuino project was founded in May 2011 at Multiplace festival with workshop that took place at 4AM medialab gallery in Brno, Czech Republic. 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.
The concept and inspiration for Standuino comes from the eastern pioneer of DIY electronic art – Standa Filip. The name Standuino comes mainly from Standas name, but also represents what Standuino is best for – stand-alone applications. Besides aiming to be innovative in the fields of open-source and low-tech, the Standuino project is also a research initiative for the eastern DIY culture (=bastl) in electronic art.
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.