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workshop in “hardware hacking” with nicolas collins

  • Atelier Nord ANX Olaf Ryes plass 2 Oslo Norway (map)

Assuming no technical background whatsoever, this workshop guides the participants through a series of sound-producing electronic construction projects, from making simple contact microphones, through “bending” toys”, to making oscillators and other circuits from scratch. The curriculum is drawn from Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking. The workshop ends with a public performance/installation by the participants on Sunday 1st September at 7 pm. 

The topics covered include:

  • Alternate microphones (contact mikes,      coil pickups, using speakers and headphone as      microphones, tape heads, binaural mikes, etc.).
  • Homemade      transducers for sending sound through objects for physical filtering      (cheap “Rainforest”).
  • “Victorian      synthesizer” (making an oscillator with just a speaker and a battery).
  • “Laying      of hands” on a radio circuit board (the poor man’s Cracklebox).
  • “Circuit      Bending” (new noises from old toys).
  • Circuits      from scratch: oscillators, tremolo/gate/panner, mixers. preamp/distortion,      pitch trackers, weird analog signal processing, sequencers.

About Nicolas Collins

New York born and raised, Nicolas Collins studied composition with Alvin Lucier at Wesleyan University, worked for many years with David Tudor, and has collaborated with numerous soloists and ensembles around the world.  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, and since 1999 a Professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His book, Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking (Routledge), has influenced emerging electronic music worldwide.  Collins has the dubious distinction of having played at both CBGB and the Concertgebouw.

Practical information

Dates: 31st August - 1st September

Place: Atelier Nord ANX, Olaf Ryes plass 2, 0552 Oslo (entrance from Sofienberggt.)

The workshop will be held in English. The course fee is NOK300 and is non-refundable.

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