San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
SOUNDBOXES WORKSHOP with DEREK HOLZER (US/DE)
This is a 2 day workshop. The booking covers all equipment and parts, and you'll take home what you have created.
Discover the hidden sonic qualities of objects from our everyday world in this hands-on workshop, combining the arts of electronics, noise, sculpture and collage.
SoundBoxes are small, primitive electro-acoustic instruments built from a wooden box, a speaker, a small audio amplifier and a contact microphone. They can create a variety of drone and reverb-type sounds through feedback between the speaker and microphone, as seen in this video <https://vimeo.com/34477093>. Or they can bring out the hidden sounds found within everyday objects as seen in this video <https://vimeo.com/16567547>. They also have small touchpoints which can be used to produce a variety of "circuit bending" sounds. And finally, they can be used as a portable amplifier for any kind of electronic or electric instrument with a jack plug.
WHAT WE WILL DO
During the first day of the workshop, we will build the circuit and get it in the box. On the second day, we will explore how this SoundBox can be used in combination with found objects, pencil-drawings and other music instruments to created different types of sounds and interactions. We will also think about ways to improvise with the boxes and "score" a group performance. The workshop should conclude with a presentation/concert by the participants and an invitation to the audience to play the instruments as well.
WHAT TO BRING
Participants should bring a wooden box (or if you want one from us email email@example.com when you buy your ticket), such as a cigar box, jewelry case, suitcase or instrument case, to build their SoundBox. This box should be a minimum of 6.5" tall, 3.5" wide and 1.5" deep, but larger is of course better. The lid of the box shouldn't be more than 3/8" thick.
You may wish to bring their own found objects and images to create a unique audiovisual cabinet of curiosities. Some guitar effect pedals can also make the box more interesting. If you want a bigger speaker than the 3.5" ones provided, you can bring one from an old clock radio, cassette player or hi-fi system, just make sure it fits in your box!!!! All other tools, materials and speakers will be provided.
Further information and images can be found here: http://macumbista.net/?page_id=1897
Times: The Saturday session will start at 10.30am and finish between 4 and 5pm. On Sunday the start time will be around 11am and as there will be a performance, but depending on what you, the participants, want to do, we expect the day to end around 6pm.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Derek Holzer (1972) is an American instrument builder and sound artist based in Berlin DE, whose current interests include DIY analog electronics, field recording, media archaeology and the meeting points of electroacoustic, noise, improv and extreme music. He has given almost 200 experimental sound performances, created scores of unique instruments and installations, and taught over 130 sound art workshops across Europe, North America, Brazil and New Zealand since 2002. He was artist-in-residence at Access Space in 2008.
When & Where
Access Space is the UK's longest running free, open digital arts lab.
At Access Space, people interested in art, design, computers, recycling, music, electronics, photography and meet more like-minded people, share and develop skills and work on creative, enterprising and technical projects.