We’re excited to present a new programme of events for late spring/early summer 2018, taking place at Somerset House Studios as part of our residency. This programme includes workshops, meetups, artist talks and performances.

First and foremost is our programme of workshops, through which we aim to make instrument design, building and hacking accessible to anyone with an interest. These workshops span software and hardware, always with an emphasis on open source technologies. Joanne Armitage will be leading a series of three SuperCollider workshops. We’ll have Befaco and Casper Electronics for weekends of synth building, and Johann Diedrick will be here from New York with a new DIY sampler. In addition to their workshops, Johann Diedrick and Casper Electronics will also be delivering artist talks.

Right in the centre of the programme is Scramble Everything, a party we’ve co-curated with our March-May artist in residence Ewa Justka. She’ll be performing a live set with EVOL, with live sets also coming from Shelley Parker and Dale Cornish. EVOL will round off the night with a DJ set and lasers from Jayson Haebich. During the day Ewa Justka and EVOL will be leading a workshop on building their new synth Scramble Everything, from which the party takes its name. Scramble Everything takes place at Somerset House on June 9th.     

Through these three months we continue our monthly TidalCycles meetups. The May and July editions of these will be for women and non binary people only, hosted by Blue Maignien, Hazel Ryan and Lucy Cheesman. In addition to these, in May and June we’re running a DIY hardware meetup with Tom Richards. Anyone can attend, either bringing their existing projects to work on or simply attending to get started with making their own musical hardware.  

Furthermore, with support from Arts Council England, we are creating new strands in our programme by developing a series of in-house Music Hackspace residencies. Following Ewa Justka’s current residency from March to May, a new residency will be announced in May as part of our open call for artists.

This programme is part of Music Hackspace’s residency at Somerset House Studios and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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 and skill levels to create and engage with music in previously unrealised ways.