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WORKSHOP: Pilot:Drone: Committee:Target

  • Experimental Sound Studio 5925 North Ravenswood Avenue Chicago, IL, 60660 United States (map)


in conjunction with Audible exhibition PILOT:DRONE:COMMITTEE:TARGET

This workshop focuses on the Ableton Live software, which artist MT Coast used to create the audio piece accompanying Andrew Barco’s Androne—a semi-functional hurdy gurdy sculpted in the familiar form of a predator drone—in the exhibition Pilot:Drone:Committee:Target, currently on view in ESS’s Audible Gallery.

With specific focus on MT Coast's approach in creating the audio for Androne, the workshop will cover:

  • Sampling
  • Quantizing and Warping 
  • Audio Delay Techniques
  • Using Samples to Build Synthesizers
  • Using Sampler to build Pads
  • Using Simpler to Pitch Samples
  • Using Simpler to Create Slices
  • MT Coast's stereo mixing approach on the Pilot:Drone:Committee:Target piece
  • MT Coast's quad mixing approach on Pilot:Drone:Committee:Target piece 

Barco will also present a short demonstration of his technique for creating the Androne.

SAIC Fellowship Recipient Andrew Barco talks about his work and his experiences at SAIC.

ANDREW BARCO is an object, installation and performance maker based in Chicago, Illinois. His work is concerned with the often strange and improbable ways ideas and habits can be transmitted across cultural landscapes and through time. With an MFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Andrew’s work uses craft and industrial histories, quirky and edgy relational gestures, and philosophical inquiry to create affective and thoughtful encounters. His work has been featured in group exhibitions in Durham NC, Baltimore MD, Hartford, CT, and Chicago, IL, New Orleans, LA. Recent group show of note was the ACRE project show “What We Don’t Know” at Heaven Gallery (2015). Solo exhibitions include: “Imminence: A Life” at Threewalls, in Chicago, IL (2014), “Oblique Negotiations” at the Fivesevendell Project Space in Boston, MA (2010) and “Passion for the Real” at West Village and “Sonnets to Orpheus” at Transom Gallery in Durham, NC (2007).

MT COAST is an experimental sound artist from Chicago, IL who uses computers to explore the limits of organic and acoustic sounds by processing field recordings, acoustic instruments and by mimicking organic sounds with software. MT Coast uses a process oriented approach to demonstrate the relationships between sounds and their novel concocted counterparts, but more importantly he composes deeply textured pieces intended to call into question the relationship between the natural and synthetic.