0 Posted by - October 20, 2015 - Lab: Past, PAST WORKSHOPS NEW

Music hacking community is invading “IKLECTIK” for an event including an introductory workshop of circuit bending and two performances of DIY/modified instrumental orchestras.

12pm-6pm: Circuit bending Workshop
entrance fee: GBP40, including all material and keeping the actual instrument.
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8.30pm-10.30pm: Performances of the “Circuit Bending Orchestra” and “Hackoustic Orchestra”
entrance fee: GBP5 (free entrance to workshop participants)

Circuit bending workshop led by sound artist and music technologist Tasos Stamou. The workshop provides a practical and theoretical introduction in modifying and alternative electronic instrument design techniques using recycled electronics. It is suitable for beginners, as well as to more experienced hackers and sound explorers who wish to push forward their ideas and projects of innovative sound interfaces.
– Learn the necessary techniques to turn ‘hackable’ electronic sound toys into useful sonic devices and experimental electronic music instruments.
– Practical, hands-on workshop, including all tips to the most common and effective circuit bending modifications.
– Theoretical introduction to handmade electronic instruments, including historical context and presentation of contemporary artists utilizing DIY electronics.
– Participants are 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.
– Workshop participants will have the chance to perform with their own hacked instruments as members of an improvised Circuit Bending Orchestra during a public performance after the workshop completion.

Tasos Stamou is a sound artist, a dedicated circuit bender and an instrument modifier/designer. He is an active member of music tech communities (Music Hackspace & Hackspace London, Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Assosiation).
He has been utilizing his hacked creations into various performances (such as at the BENT Festival, New York) and recordings of obscure electronica ( Absurd, Triple Bathe, Orila, Lal Lal Lal, Kukuru Recordings). He has been leading hardware hacking workshops in festivals (Green Man Festival, SOTU Festival Lithuania, Athens Video Art Festival, NXNW Festival in Cologne, etc.) and music tech labs (Macumbista Studio in Berlin, Music Hackspace and Noise=Noise in London, STPLN in Sweden, WORM in Rotterdam, etc.).
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A concert introducing two exploratory music Orchestras incorporating DIY/handmade instrumentations. Performances will take place at the OTO Project Space after the same day circuit bending workshop. Workshop leader and sound artist Tasos Stamou will conduct Circuit Bending Orchestra, including participants of previous workshops and their self-made electronic instruments, as well as London based music research community ‘Hackoustic’.
Stamou will apply his experience in conduction of free improvised music to lead the two orchestras towards organized structures, both electronic and acoustic. The project has been previously realized during the ‘Hack the Barbican’ DIY arts project in 2013 at the Barbican.

‘Hackoustic is a community group based at the London Hackspace – located at the heart of London’s East end. The objective is to explore the physicality of sound, using a wider scope of media and practices. We thrive to redefine the meaning of the traditional instrument, by integrating 21st century technologies, modern philosophy of design, an understanding of vibration and a realization of the timbre and tonal limitations of current traditional electronic and acoustic instruments.
‘Hackoustic’ project’s latest presentations include a performance at Turbine Festival at Tate Modern.
The project opens opportunities for collaborative research, projects whilst learning through discovery. In such heavily mathematical and theory-based field, it is necessary to develop fundamental understanding through practical and hands-on experience with the help of others. It paves the way for a cross-disciplinary journey that is not solely constricted to the field of acoustics, but rather across a multitude of practices such as Art, Engineering, Philosophy and Design.