Magnetic Signals and Radiophonic Soundscapes Workshop – Sound Unfolded Workshops 2016

Music Hackspace presents: Magnetic Signals and Radiophonic Soundscapes Workshop
Part of the new series of workshops “Sound Unfolded

Location: Hub 67 – 67 Rothbury Road. London E9 5HA (Hackney Wick station)
When: Sat 26th March 12 to 4 pm
Bookings: 50 GBP


Join sonic adventurer Dan Tapper to discover a world of sound inaudible to our naked ear. The workshop involves creating a large wire loop antenna to tap into the electromagnetic spectrum allowing us to listen to a variety of strange and exciting sounds; from natural radio emanating from lightning and more exotic sources in the VLF band to the electromagnetic saturation of man made technology generated from household appliances, the London Underground and the electric grid.


The workshop will involve creating large loop antenna coils to allow these electromagnetic sounds to be heard as well as looking at the basic theory of how the antennas work, how best to record and amplify signals and how these sounds can be used in an artistic context.


The workshop will be lead by artist Dan Tapper, who’s been researching Very Low Frequency (VLF) electromagnetic sound for the past three years and utilizing this rich sonic environment to create installations, radio works and compositions. This interest has led him to publish two editions of “VLF: A Sound Artist’s Guide” which provides information for artists and enthusiasts new to the scene to begin their own sonic journeys with electromagnetic sound.


Workshop attendees take home:

  • Your own loop antenna, built during the day
  • A PDF version of “VLF: A Sound Artist’s Guide”
  • Some Call it Noise – an audio-documentary developed as an artistic and informative introduction to the sounds of VLF.
  • Several maxMSP patches developed for artistically working with and filtering electromagnetic audio.



This workshop is part of the workshop series ¨Sound Unfolded¨, curated by Susanna Garcia.

Sound Unfolded brings together action-based ideas about sound. It proposes an exploration of the relationships we can establish with sound through the act of making. To patch, to code, to reveal, to sonify. This is a workshop series about modular synths, audio synthesis, the electromagnetic spectrum, the transmission of sound and the digital.

For any enquiries please email workshops@stagingmhs.local



This programme is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.


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