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AUDIBLE GALLERY: John Preus: 'Slow Sound'
Sep
27
to Nov 3

AUDIBLE GALLERY: John Preus: 'Slow Sound'

Slow Sound features original instruments designed and constructed by John Preus, an artist, musician and woodworker. Each piece is made from scavenged furniture, including bedposts, headboards, tables and chairs; new works created specifically for this exhibition incorporate scraps collected from in and around ESS.

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Workshop: Elliott Sharp
Sep
22
1:00 PM13:00

Workshop: Elliott Sharp

Veteran NYC-based multi-instrumentalist and composer Elliott Sharp will lead a workshop for composers and improvisers alike entitled Strategies for Contemporary Performance: Improvisational Approaches, Algorithmic Structures, & Graphic Notation, which will include demonstrations, discussions, and instrumental exercises inspired by Sharp's unique approach to composed improvisation.

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DSP CHICAGO: He Can Jog
Aug
10
2:00 PM14:00

DSP CHICAGO: He Can Jog

DSP Chicago is an informal meet-up for music programmers to discuss their projects, get help debugging, and learn more about diverse platforms like SuperCollider and Max/MSP. Open to beginners with basic knowledge of audio software and focused on open source languages, all are welcome to come explore computer music.

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Getting Bent: How to Build a Vactrol Sequencer (Adults)
Aug
26
1:00 PM13:00

Getting Bent: How to Build a Vactrol Sequencer (Adults)

"Vactrol” is the trade name for an optoisolator or optocoupler. A simple vactrol is a lightproof packet containing an LED and a photoresistor, usually a Cadmium Sulfide (CdS) cell. Practically any material can be used as the vactrol’s casing – as long as it is lightproof (electrician’s tape, gaffer’s tape, heat shrink tubing, opaque epoxy, wood, etc.) Optoisolators are a convenient way to control trigger points within a circuit bent toy. Controlled by a homemade sequencer circuit and various devices can be triggered in predictable (and sometimes unpredictable!) patterns. Though not a prerequisite, participants will benefit from having basic soldering and Circuit Bending skills, a basic understanding of electronics components, and a basic understanding of oscillators. Participants are encouraged to bring a Circuit Bent device to the workshop.

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Getting Bent: How to Build a Controller Oscillator (Adults)
Aug
19
1:00 PM13:00

Getting Bent: How to Build a Controller Oscillator (Adults)

This workshop will focus on a more advanced level of electronics hacking. How to read and write electronics schematics, how to assemble and use homemade sequencers to control and trigger electronic devices. Though not a prerequisite, participants will benefit from having basic soldering and Circuit Bending skills, a basic understanding of electronics components, and a basic understanding of oscillators. Participants are encouraged to bring a Circuit Bent device to the workshop.

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GETTING BENT: Intro to Homemade Electroacoustics (kids)
Jul
29
1:00 PM13:00

GETTING BENT: Intro to Homemade Electroacoustics (kids)

Students ages 11- 14 will learn the basics of DIY (Do It Yourself) experimental electroacoustic musical instrument design and construction. Emphasis will be on learning the science behind the amplification of acoustic sound, what is resonance, and how to build experimental electroacoustic musical instruments from common household materials.

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Getting Bent: Open Experimental Sound Lab 2
Jul
27
1:00 PM13:00

Getting Bent: Open Experimental Sound Lab 2

Participants are encouraged to continue working on their projects in this informal Show & Tell and Q & A session. Have you taken a workshop at the ESS in the past and have follow-up questions? Are you thinking of taking a workshop at the ESS and have inquiries? Are you an experimental musician who just wishes to meet other artists in a constructive environment? The ESS Open Experimental Sound Lab is the meeting place for experimental musicians of all ages to gather, work on their projects, and discuss their work.

 

FREE

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GETTING BENT: Intro to Homemade Electroacoustics (Adults)
Jul
22
1:00 PM13:00

GETTING BENT: Intro to Homemade Electroacoustics (Adults)

Not to geek out on science too much, but how does a contact microphone actually work? Learn the basics of the Piezoelectric effect while honing basic soldering skills. During the first half of the workshop participants will learn the physics of a contact mic, as well as the simplicity of its construction from reclaimed materials. The second half of the workshop participants will learn the basics of DIY electroacoustic instrument design and construction. Participants are encouraged to bring random objects to amplify - sheet metal, cardboard boxes, acoustic instruments, slinkies, coat hangers, textured plastic objects, etc. No previous electronics experience is required!

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Getting Bent: Open Experimental Sound Lab
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

Getting Bent: Open Experimental Sound Lab

Participants are encouraged to continue working on their projects in this informal Show & Tell and Q & A session. Have you taken a workshop at the ESS in the past and have follow-up questions? Are you thinking of taking a workshop at the ESS and have inquiries? Are you an experimental musician who just wishes to meet other artists in a constructive environment? The ESS Open Experimental Sound Lab is the meeting place for experimental musicians of all ages to gather, work on their projects, and discuss their work.

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Getting Bent: Intro to Experimental Music & Instruments (Kids)
Jun
24
1:00 PM13:00

Getting Bent: Intro to Experimental Music & Instruments (Kids)

What is “Experimental Music?” How does one play it? On what sorts of instruments is it played? How do you conduct it? How do you score for it? This workshop specifically designed for children ages 11 - 14 yrs. explores these questions as well as what it means to make your own musical instruments out of common household materials and how to create your own music on them. This three-hour workshop emphasises non-traditional approaches to music and sound. Participants will be engaged in “homemade” instrument design, construction, and playing. 

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Getting Bent: Intro to Circuit Bending (Adults)
Jun
17
1:00 PM13:00

Getting Bent: Intro to Circuit Bending (Adults)

Take apart an old toy and make a brand new musical instrument!  At the end of this workshop participants will be able to identify and explore the basic components of a typical circuit board, the basics of soldering, install output jacks, switches, body contacts (and more!), and control a world of new sounds. Tools and components will be provided. Participants are required to bring one or two battery-powered devices (with batteries!) to the class. No previous electronics experience is required! 

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Voice & Movement workshop with Jaap Blonk & Jonathan Meyer
Mar
10
to Mar 11

Voice & Movement workshop with Jaap Blonk & Jonathan Meyer

Using a combination of exercises, games, structures, and solo/group interactions, this 2-day workshop explores extending the voice and the body. The approach of Blonk and Meyer does not limit these explorations to conventional notions of singing or dance, but opens the boundaries to include speech, phonemic experiments, kinetics, pose, etc. Participants with either voice or movement experience are welcome, at all levels of expertise, but with a willingness to experiment. The workshop will culminate in a public performance on March 11 at 8PM at ESS.

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Getting Bent: Advanced Circuit Bending
Oct
2
1:00 PM13:00

Getting Bent: Advanced Circuit Bending

We will dive into advanced hardware hacking techniques, including a primer on how to read and write electronics schematics, and a tutorial on assembling and employing homemade sequencers to control and trigger your devices.

Students are required to have basic soldering and Circuit Bending skills, a basic understanding of electronics components, and an advanced understanding of oscillators OR to have attended the beginning and intermediate workshops. Students should bring a couple electronic devices to be triggered by their new sequencers.

$40/35 students & ESS members

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Getting Bent: Build Your Own Portable Amplifier
Sep
4
1:00 PM13:00

Getting Bent: Build Your Own Portable Amplifier

This workshop will guide you step by step through the process of building your own standard, battery-powered, portable amplifier.

This course will show how simple electronics construction can be while emphasizing the basics of soldering, following an electronics diagram, custom circuit design, circuit construction, and finishing techniques. Though students may bring their favorite tools, all that is required is a 9v battery and a "box" to house your completed amplifier circuit (good candidates include cigar boxes, coffee cans, Tupperware, broken radios, small pre-existing speaker cabinets, etc. -- anything that can can be easily manipulated with a hand drill).

$40/$35 students and ESS members.

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Getting Bent: How to Build a Simple Contact Microphone
Jul
3
1:00 PM13:00

Getting Bent: How to Build a Simple Contact Microphone

Contact mics are inexpensive, easy to build, and and provide a simple, fun source of new sounds for performance and recording. In just two hours we will show you how to make a simple, effective contact microphone from surplus and discarded materials. Students are encouraged to bring random objects to amplify - sheet metal, cardboard boxes, acoustic instruments, slinkies, coat hangers, textured plastic objects, etc.

No previous electronics experience is required!

$40/35 students & ESS members

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