Adventurous Electronics: Circuit Bending Workshop

February 2nd, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg
Peter Edwards and Kate Swester at Casperland

Peter Edwards and Kate Sweater at Casperland

Musician, inventor, self-taught electrical engineer and co-mayor of Casperland in Troy, Peter Edwards is spreading the word on circuit bending by teaching a two-day workshop class at the Arts Center of the Capital Region on Saturday and Sunday, February 5-6.

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Real Good for Free: New Music Hat Trick in Troy

March 2nd, 2010, 11:05 am by Sara

Troy is the place to be for the adventurous music fan on Wednesday with three free intriguing events:

First, head on over to EMPAC between 12noon-6pm to see Chris Salter: Just Noticeable Difference (JND): Sensory Reduction Environment, an installation that explores the aesthetic experience at the threshold of sensory perception. Visitors enter an environment of almost total darkness and silence but once inside find that the chamber emits micro-levels of visual, auditory, and tactile feedback that changes in response to their movements. (The exhibit continues through Saturday with a panel discussion with the artist and RPI faculty at 7pm on Thursday.)

Next, head on down the street to West Hall, where the White Light Ensemble is reprising White Light, a 20-minute interactive light and sound performance, followed by a reception and refreshments. 6pm.

And then it’s off to the Gasholder Building for Blair Neal’s thesis performance, Overflow, a one-hour show that uses multiple projectors and a wide range of instruments to explore relationships between music and live interactive visuals, all in a wonderfully resonant space. You are requested to bring a flashlight. And don’t forget to dress warmly. 7pm.

Video, Light, Sound & Art @ ACCR, Make Your Own!!

September 24th, 2009, 10:31 am by Sara

Aaaaand, speaking of video, light, sound and art at ACCR, they’ve just published their fall-winter class catalog and it’s a doozy. Drawing, dance, cooking, pottery, woodworking, yoga, stained glass, Jewelry-making, writing… you name it, it’s probably there. There are classes for children and teens, beginners and advanced.

Here are three classes that caught our eye:

  • Making Music through Electronics Hacking and Circuit Bending
    Saturday and Sunday, 11/21/2009 – 11/22/2009, 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. (2 classes)
    Members: $90 | Non-Members: $100 | Studio Fee: $30

    Saturday and Sunday, 1/16/2009 – 1/17/2009, 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. (2 classes)
    Members: $90 | Non-Members: $100 | Studio Fee: $30
    Instructor: Peter Edwards

    Circuit bending is the experimental process of short-circuiting and re-wiring audio
    electronics for the purpose of discovering unintended, often bizarre functionalities.
    The process is fun and inventive and often leads to new forms of musical expression
    and interaction. Instructor Peter Edwards will cover the basics of bending and
    help participants through the design and modii cation process. Each student will
    received a soldering iron and a set of basic circuit bending tools to keep, and will
    transform one item they bring with them into a unique musical instruments. This
    class is beginner friendly but previous experience with electronics and simple hand
    tool use is helpful.

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