by Derek Holzer
Explore DIY electronics and sound art performance with your own SoundBox during this two-day workshop in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
SoundBoxes are small, primitive electro-acoustic instruments built from a wooden box, a speaker, a small audio amplifier and a contact microphone. They can create a variety of drone and reverb-type sounds through feedback between the speaker and microphone, as seen in this video [https://vimeo.com/34477093]. Or they can bring out the hidden sounds found within everyday objects as seen in this video [https://vimeo.com/16567547]. They also have small touchpoints which can be used to produce a variety of “circuit bending” sounds.
During the first day, we will learn about electricity, how it becomes sound and then how to build the SoundBoxes themselves. On the second day, we will explore the possibilities of the SoundBoxes, with the goal of collaboratively creating a score for a sound performance of approximately 10-15 minutes in length.
This workshop does not require any previous knowledge of electronics, only an interest and a curiosity in both sound and instrument-building. Further information, images and video can be found here:
Requirements / materials needed:
- One loudspeaker (new, second-hand or salvaged), or one old electronic device containing a functioning loudspeaker of decent size (approx 90mm/3.5" or larger) which can be removed. The size of this loudspeaker will determine the tone and loudness of your instrument – bigger is usually better!
- A cigar box or similar wooden box to create the instrument. The box should be big enough to hold your speaker, it should have a lid, and the lid must not be thicker than 5mm/0.2". Please no cardboard, plastic or metal.
I will have some spare boxes and speakers available for sale in case people bring something that isn't appropriate.
About the tutor
Derek Holzer (1972) is an American instrument builder and sound artist based in Berlin DE, whose current interests include DIY analog electronics, the relationship between sound + space, media archaeology and the meeting points of electroacoustic, noise, improv and extreme music. He has performed live, taught workshops and created scores of unique instruments and installations since 2002 across Europe, North and South America, and New Zealand.
Contact: macumbista AT THE DOMAIN gmail.com
max 12 participants