Announcement of new location and programme March-Dec 2017

Photo by Luke Walker

Music Hackspace are pleased to announce a new venue and programme for 2017. The programme kicks off in mid march, and will be held at our new central London location of Somerset House Studios. We’ll be picking up where we left off, continuing to offer workshops, a new series of artist talks, software sessions and one off events.

Music Hackspace is a platform for experimenting and interacting with sound and technology. We incorporate diverse methodologies and aim to create an open playground and exchange of ideas and sounds that embraces new and old technologies. Newly available open source platforms, both hardware and software, are granting far wider accessibility to new interactions with music and audio than has not been possible before. It’s with these technologies that we base our programme of workshops, artist talks and meetups, and hope to encourage people of all backgrounds to create and engage with music in previously unrealised ways.

Over the first few months of the programme we’ll be exploring numerous intersections between music and technology, covering algorithmic music with TidalCycles, SuperCollider and C++, modular synthesis in the Eurorack format and even hacking brain wave data.

 

SOMERSET HOUSE STUDIOS

We’re incredibly excited to start this new programme at Somerset House Studios, a new experimental workspace that intends to promote collaboration between artists, makers and their audiences. We’re looking forward to taking advantage of the space available here and collaborating with the existing artist community working at the studios. We hope the new venue and its central London location will encourage people from all over London to attend.

 

WORKSHOPS

Our new programme, which runs from March until December, will feature a broader range of workshops than we’ve had the chance to run before. This will of course include modular synth workshops, but will also include workshops on standalone synths, algorithmic music and basic principles of synthesis and electronics. The first event in our workshop series will be a Hackathon combining neuroscience with sound art, hosted by AXNS on March 18th & 19th. This will be shortly followed by a workshop with Rebel Technology focused on programming their OWL module and effects pedal on March 25th.

March 25th: Rebel Technology: Programming for OWL with Max MSP and Gen

April 22nd-23rd: Workshop – Foundations of Electronics, Sound and Synthesis with Tom Richards

 

ARTIST TALKS

We will also be returning to our regular artist talk series with a new and diverse programme of speakers. These talks provide an open ended platform for artists to talk about and demo their techniques and approaches, with an opportunity for Q&A from the audience. This series will begin with an evening of talks and demos from Look Mum No Computer and Antònia Folguera (Sónar+D) on March 27th, followed by Paul Prudence on April 24th.

March 27th: Look Mum No Computer & Antonia Folguera

April 24th: Paul Prudence

 

SOFTWARE SESSIONS

We had a great response to our software sessions last year, and we’re very pleased to be bringing them back as part of our 2017 programme. These monthly events will see us bring in people who are working closely with software including TidalCycles, Max MSP and Pure Data to lead classes, discussions and meetups. We aim for these sessions to be accessible and helpful for both beginners and advanced users of these platforms. Our first software session of 2017 will be on using the TidalCycles code environment with Calum Gunn.

April 5th: TidalCycles meetup with Calum Gunn

May 3rd: Making music with code workshop with Shelly Knotts

 

For any questions about workshop bookings please email workshops@musichackspace.org

 

Programme curated by Susanna Garcia and Tadeo Sendon, with support from Arts Council England and Somerset House Studios.