The MusicMakers Hacklab, conceived in collaboration with Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music, will be an open, collaborative environment in which participants can learn about new technologies and get their hands on making their own musical inventions.
10:00 Participant introduction
Rapid-fire talks and pitches, and a discussion of goals for the week - an opportunity for participants to plan their week, find collaborators, and imagine what they want to create.
14:00 Peter Kirn
Workshop on open technologies for software, hardware.
How free and open source technologies can become a shared platform for developing with others. A tour of two tools the artist helped develop, in software (libpd, an embeddable version of Pure Data) and hardware (MeeBlip), with an eye toward how they can be used in the course of the hacklab.
16:00 Moritz Haas
Marvin Sings The Blues: A discussion of robotics.
Automation and robotics are applied to new musical instruments in astounding ways. Haas surveys this musical landscape, and talks about the construction of his giant MR-808 robotic installation, featured in the CTM exhibition and MusicMakers performance.
“Let’s get mechanical!” Science Fiction Children created the first drum robot that reproduces the drum sounds of the 80s – in the material world – with the intention of doing electronic music with mechanical equipment. A retro futuristic journey: Three sound gadgeteers and their giant drum robot MR-808. The consequential Robot Elektro Performance gives an inside look in the state of the art robot music scene. And wants to move you feet, of course.
Derek Holzer is an American instrument builder and sound artist based in Berlin, whose current interests include DIY analogue electronics, field recording, media archaeology and the meeting points of electroacoustic, noise, improv and extreme music.