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DIY Electronics

During the workshop you will be introduced to the basics of working with an Arduino microcontroller and interfacing it with a computer software in order to generate, control and manipulate sound.

Course Instructor: Kacper Ziemianin

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During the six weeks you will build The Ultimate Headbutting Machine – 10 step sequencer with drums and cymbals. You will learn principles of electronics starting from simple circuits to more complex ones. Each class (4h per week) will be focused on building different modules of the UHM, exploring CMOS technology in depth. Participants will be encouraged to experiment with circuits, hack toys and use organic materials implemented in the machine in order to modulate the sounds.

What you'll learn

  • Lesson 1: During this module we will work on breadboards, experimenting with different frequencies of oscillators and different resistive materials. We will learn how to build oscillators that modulate each other and use them to control pitch, timbre and speed.
  • Lesson 2: Introduction to soldering, looking at different soldering techniques and different kinds of copper boards and troubleshooting principles.
  • Lesson 3: Sequencing in silicon.
  • Lesson 4: We will build the cymbal/cowbell module. We will experiment with different values of components in order to produce various sounds: from metallic ones, to high hats, cowbell and cymbals.

Requirements

  • An Arduino board www.arduino.cc/
  • Pure Data puredata.info/
  • Or Max www.cycling74.com
  • Components: breadboard, jumper wires, 1K and 10K resistors, light dependent resistor, 10K potentimeter, mini buttons

Course content

  • ---- Presentation of the course
  • ---- What you will learn in this session
  • ---- Lesson 1 - Arduino - Hello World!
  • ---- Live session – 4th November – 6pm UK
  • ---- Session 2 handouts: images and Arduino sketches
  • ---- Course task (PDF)
  • ---- What you will learn in this session
  • ---- Live session – 11th November - 6pm UK
  • ---- What you will learn in this session
  • ---- Live session – 18th November – 6pm UK
  • ---- What you will learn in this session
  • ---- Live session – 25th November – 6pm UK

Who is this course for

  • In this course participants will be building simple oscillators and more complex circuits.

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About the workshop leader

Kacper Ziemianin a.k.a. ‘Ctrl Freq’ has background in classical music and a lot of adventures in modern sound and music. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sonic Arts from Middlsex University, London and Master’s degree in Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the Netherlands. Instrument maker, sound designer, circuit bender, vagabond, improviser, producer, audio-hacker, nomad, radio presenter, activist, workshop leader, squatter. His audio installations and sounds have been shown/played in numerous places around, as well as outside Europe. Currently based in the Hague, NL working as a freelance instrument designer and performer as well as teacher of DIY electronics. His latest endeavor, the ‘LightSeq’ has received funding from Stimuleringsfonds NL and won an award at an international electronic music festival ‘Radical dB’ in Zaragoza, Spain.