Neanderthal Electronics Workshop
Date: 13-15 March 2010
Location: Ptarmigan, Nilsiänkatu 10 (Vallila)
Organisers: Derek Holzer (US/NL) and Association of Experimental Electronics (FI)
Max. number of participants: 20
Links: Derek Holzer, Association of Experimental Electronics More than 40,000 years ago, our Neanderthal predecessors invented the first music instruments from simple objects around them (bones and stones, sticks and skins...), without reference to any existing music history, and primarily for their own pleasure rather than that of others. Nowadays, we use complex audio hardware and software which make it "easier" to make music, so long as we channel our creativity into such socially acceptable avenues as Western Classical or Minimal Techno. As with any established genre, the results are often completely predictable, and therefore quite boring. But some of us, deep in our wild hearts, still long for the Stone Age simplicity of pure noise! This 3 day workshop is designed for 8-10 people, possibly with a background in sound, but with no previous electronics experience. They are shown how to use simple objects from our modern environment (resistors, capacitors, transistors, LEDs, integrated circuit chips...) to design and build their own personal, customized primitive noise synthesizers. The participation is free, possible material costs. For more information: aahonen ((ät))