Digital Sound Workshop with Cutlasses

Digital Sound Workshop with⚡️Cutlasses⚡️ This workshop provides an introduction to using small and relatively cheap microcontrollers to create digital sound. Each participant will learn about the fundamentals of digital sound, and some of the interesting ways in which we can use microcontrollers to...

Digital Sound Workshop with⚡️Cutlasses⚡️ This workshop provides an introduction to using small and relatively cheap microcontrollers to create digital sound. Each participant will learn about the fundamentals of digital sound, and some of the interesting ways in which we can use microcontrollers to create and manipulate audio. The workshop will centre around the Teensy ​www.pjrc.com/teensy/​, a microcontroller development board similar to Arduino. Each participant will ‘bread board’ (a method of quickly prototyping circuits without soldering, see image below) their own circuit, which will utilise the Teensy along with buttons, leds, and potentiometers, which they’ll patch together with special wires, to create audio. Using the Teensy’s audio library, the participant will be able to connect together audio effects, using a visual tool. This will be combined with supplied code which they can download onto their circuit, and experiment with sculpting and distorting sound. A knowledge of programming is not required, but those who have an interest will be able to take their projects further, and create even more sophisticated sonic experiments. The workshop will not require any specialist knowledge. The group will hopefully delight in the tactile experience that building and using physical hardware brings, and will be tweaking dials and pushing buttons to manipulate audio using the code they’ve built. Each participant should leave the workshop with an increased understanding of digital audio, and the ability to create their own digital audio hardware. IMPORTANT/PLEASE NOTE: Each participant will need to bring along their own laptop capable of running the Arduino environment (this is free and will run on macOS, Windows and Linux) Please email us at hellosonics2020@gmail.com to sign up. You will then be emailed a link to software you will need to install. 10 participants -children over 10 welcome with a parent. We are very pleased to have Scott Pitkethly at Sonics 2020. Scott is a sound artist and DIY electronic instrument maker. His electronic instruments won the Music Hackspace DIY Instrument award, and have featured on sites such as Hackaday and Create Digital Music. His homemade instruments combine both analogue and digital electronics to manipulate and deconstruct audio. Scott employs these devices under his music pseudonym Cutlasses, see link for more details http://www.cutlasses.co.uk

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