Hacking Electronic Music Toys / Circuit bending workshop with Tasos Stamou, March 28
Introductory circuit bending workshop teaching all the necessary techniques for designing and making experimental electronic music interfaces out of recycled material. Participant will have the chance to learn all the necessary tricks, experiment with guidance from the workshop leader and design their own electronic instrument. Participants will have the chance to finalise an interface during the workshop and experience the art of circuit bending.
Date: Monday 28th March (6pm-9.30pm)
Location: LimeWharf Yard, Vyner St, London E2 9DJ
All materials and devices provided.
– Learn the necessary techniques to turn hackable sound toys into useful sound devices and electronic instruments
– Practical, hands-on workshop, including all tips to the most easy and effective modifications, also presenting musicians who utilize handmade and hacked instruments.
– Everyone is welcome to bring their own electronic toys for bending, otherwise hackable toys will be provided from a large selection. Please contact us with any questions regarding “hackability” of your own devices.
As a music technologist and a professional electronic musician himself, Stamou has developed a personal style in circuit bending which focuses on the details of the final instrument construction as a physical interface. He has equally developed a personal style in teaching electronics, based on his personal experience about practicing this technology (ten years) rather than based on intense reading and use of technical terms. Simple in their electronic manipulation, but precise in their controls and hands-on functions, Stamou’s music gear is made for playing, performing and recording, inspired by previous legendary electronic music designs (synthesizers, sequencers, drum machines, samplers, video synthesizers, etc.). He is focused on second hand, dispatched and recycled resources, as a sort of technological and artistic activism, and he is encouraging the participants of his workshops and lectures to do the same.
Tasos Stamou is an instrument maker/modifier/designer and tutor. He has been leading hardware hacking workshops in festivals (Watermans Arts Centre in London, Green Man Festival U.K, SOTU Festival Lithuania, Athens Video Art Festival etc.) and music tech labs (Cafe OTO and Music Hackspace in London, WORM in Rotterdam, Macumbista Studio in Berlin, STPLN in Sweden, etc.). He was recently mentioned in a “Guardian” article as one of the leading figures of this alternative music technology.