Handmade Electronic Music workshop

A workshop by Nicolas Collins - register now!

Assuming no technical background whatsoever, Handmade Electronic Music carries the participants through a series of sound-producing electronic construction projects, from making simple contact microphones, to transforming cheap electronic toys into playable instruments, to designing circuits from scratch.


Handmade Electronic Music workshop at Steim . -

Dates: April 24 (beginners), 25 & 26 (advanced)
Times: 10:00 -17:00 hrs.
Location: STEIM, Achtergracht 19 Amsterdam
Price: €225 for the whole workshop, €100 for day 1, €150 for day 2 & 3 (the price includes the parts needed for the workshop, supplied by STEIM).

Registration can only be done through the Steim website. Please mention which part of the workshop you want to register for! If you experience economical difficulties, please don't hesitate to contact Steim.

About the workshop

The workshop starts off with one day for beginners covering a.o. the use of coil pickups, speaker/headphone-as-microphone, tape heads, homemade transducers from sending sound through objects for physical filtering (cheap 'Rainforest'), 'Victorian synthesizer' (making an oscillator with just a speaker and a battery), 'Laying of hands' on a radio circuit board (the poor man’s Cracklebox) and some toyhacking.

The second part of the workshop will be 2 days for more advanced hackers, building circuits from scratch: oscillators, tremolo/gate/panner, mixers, preamp/distortion and some weird analog signal processing. The finishing touch will be a workshop presentation and book release party on April 28.

About Nicolas Collins

Nic's own words:
'I set out to regain the radical rethink of Alvin Lucier’s Vespers: to disassociate music and sound from the limited types of objects sold in music stores, and through this disassociation to prompt new musical discoveries; and at the same time to explore how this drama of interaction between object and idea has played out in experimental music of the past 50 years. * Participants leave empowered, carrying several new instruments and the skills needed to continue inventing and building on their own.'

Nicolas Collins, an active composer and performer of electronic music, is a Professor of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has led Hacking workshops around the world, from Beijing to Brussels to Bogotá, and has worked with John Cage, Alvin Lucier, David Tudor, and many other masters of modern music. He lived most of the 1990s in Europe, where he was Visiting Artistic Director of Stichting STEIM (Amsterdam), and a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin. Since 1997 he has been editor-in-chief of the Leonardo Music Journal.
Check out his website.