During these workshops you will prototype your own instrument (hardware and software) using an Arduino microcontroller, sensors, and Max or Pure Data.
Registration includes access to all sessions.
Dates: Wednesdays 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th of November
6pm UK / 1pm EST / 10am PT
You will be introduced to the basics of working with an Arduino microcontroller and interfacing it with a computer software in order to generate, control and manipulate sound. We will use open source hardware and software (Arduino / Max or Pure Data) to prototype an instrument using buttons, switches, potentiometers and sensors. We will start by looking at the basics such as setting up Arduino and running sketches, analog vs digital pins, Arduino programming environment, basic electronic, etc. From there we will get a bit more advanced by looking at the serial communication, connecting sensors to Arduino, reading and values from sensors, and controlling sound parameters with them.
Beginner with notions of programming. All participants are required to have a computer with pre-installed Arduino IDE and Max or PureData.
- arduino: https://www.arduino.cc/
- Pure Data: http://puredata.info/downloads
- Max: https://www.cycling74.com
- Useful but not essential: wire cutters & strippers, multimeters, soldering irons
Components (not included, please order):
- Arduino board + USB cable. If your laptop doesn't have a USB port please make sure you have an adapter! USB cable not included!
- Jumper wires
- Resistors (1k)
- Resistors (10k)
- Light dependent resistor a.k.a. LDR a.k.a. light sensor:
- Mini buttons
Kacper Ziemianin a.k.a. ‘Ctrl Freq’ has background in classical music and a lot of adventures in modern sound and music. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sonic Arts from Middlsex University, London and Master’s degree in Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the Netherlands.
Instrument maker, sound designer, circuit bender, vagabond, improviser, producer, audio-hacker, nomad, radio presenter, activist, workshop leader, squatter. His audio installations and sounds have been shown/played in numerous places around, as well as outside Europe.
Currently based in the Hague, NL working as a freelance instrument designer and performer as well as teacher of DIY electronics. His latest endeavor, the ‘LightSeq’ has received funding from Stimuleringsfonds NL and won an award at an international electronic music festival ‘Radical dB’ in Zaragoza, Spain.
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