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STEIM on Fri, 28 Apr 2006 09:43:32 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-nl] [ STEIM ] Workshop: Beyond Hacking

STEIM presents:

Beyond Hacking – Building New Instruments with the CREATE USB Interface
A workshop in designed interactions using sophisticated, yet simple hardware.
By Dan Overholt & Daniel Schorno (day 3&4).

Date: May 31 - June 3 2006
Location: STEIM, Achtergracht 19, Amsterdam NL
Cost: 120 euro
Registration can be done only through the STEIM website: http:// www.steim.org/steim/workshops.php

Bring your favorite real-time software tool, be it LiSa, ImX, Max/MSP/ Jitter, SuperCollider3, Pd, or … and an inspiration for a delightful way of getting your hands on the digital domain. Learn how to control music and visuals with a flexible new sensor system, the CREATE USB Interface. The CUI can be either wired (USB bus-powered) or wireless (Bluetooth), and will be available to workshop participants to buy (50 Eur for the USB version, ready-to-use, please contact dano {AT} create.ucsb.edu to reserve one). Register early, space is limited.

Grasping the Sound, Caressing the Image:
Participants will be introduced to the CREATE USB Interface through lecture, demonstration, and discussion, including short exercises in connecting it to different sensors, and how to use it with various software applications. As artists, we are always faced with the challenge of investigating/incorporating new technologies into our work while finding our own voice or approach to expression within them. In this workshop, we will explore new metaphors for artistic interactivity that connect the physical world with the virtual realm, and vice versa.

Anyone who is interested in the artistic possibilities offered by electronics and sensor technologies should sign up for the workshop – musicians of all backgrounds, composers, performers, artists, installation artists, instrument builders, dancers, teachers, etc. The workshop will be delivered during 4 full time days. The morning sessions (9am-Noon) will cover theory and research components along with listening, video, and other demonstrations. The afternoon sessions (1pm-5pm) will focus on practical work and individual projects. No programming experience is required, but participants should be familiar with their software tool of choice, and expect to get first hand experience working with sensors, interfaces, and mapping techniques for musical or visual interactions.

The workshop was developed in response to the challenges faced researching and building digital instruments, installations, and interactive works at the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology at UC Santa Barbara, and is offered there in its full form as an interdisciplinary course between the MAT, Music, and Art departments (http://www.mat.ucsb.edu/594O/). Workshop content will include access to valuable source material including where to look for technical information, and the world of electronic instrument builders and installation makers today. For more information about the CUI, see http://www.create.ucsb.edu/~dano/CUI/#CUIv1.

Dan Overholt is a PhD candidate and Lecturer in the Media Arts and Technology program and the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology at UC Santa Barbara. He studied electronics engineering and music (violin performance) at CSU, Chico, and has a Masters from the Media Laboratory at MIT, where his thesis focused on the development of a novel interface called the MATRIX. He has published and presented work at many academic conferences, such as ICMC, NIME, AES, CHI, and SIGGRAPH, and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 2004, and a National Science Foundation IGERT fellowship at UCSB. He composes and performs internationally with new human-computer interfaces and musical signal processing algorithms, and has also worked as a consultant in the industry for companies such as Eventide, E-mu, and Echo Audio.

Daniel Schorno was born in Zurich, Switzerland. He studied composition in London and electronic music in the Netherlands and lives in Amsterdam with a cat and a collection of unusual instruments in his street window. He lead STEIM, the renown Dutch Studio for Electro Instrumental Music – and home of ‘New Instruments’ as Artistic Co-director until 2005. Numerous (ongoing) projects bind his passionate approach towards realtime sound integration with new electronic sensor instruments and live-electronic music. His concert work, workshops and media collaborations have lead him as far afield as Johannesburg’s Soweto, Iceland and the street kids & artists of Guatemala City, as well as all over Europe. He collaborates with musicians, video artists, choreographers and dancers the likes of Jon Rose, Netochka Nezvanova, Alain Pelletier, José Navas and Frank van de Ven. Currently he is performing with the latest series of hand held ‘mini controllers’ out of STEIM’s ‘kitchen’, and develops a new media ‘Pocket Opera’.

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