The MusicMakers Hacklab is a weeklong open, collaborative laboratory hosted by Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music and musician and Polish electronic-noise artist Ewa Justka. Guest artists throughout the week share skills in how instruments are made – both traditional and new. Notable input is received from Wukir Suryadi, one half of the Indonesian music project Senyawa, who lead participants in learning music making techniques from Javanese tradition, fused with garage distortion into new forms.
Now entering its 3rd edition within the CTM Festival, Hacklab engages in producing cross-cultural hybrids that imagine future topographies of sound and music performance through its "Future Rituals" theme, re-educating our electronic selves in the potentials of near and distant traditions, systems of musical representation and structure, and performance techniques. The theme for experimentation is a kind of ethnomusicology for machines.
The culmination of a week of collaborative development at the MusicMakers Hacklab sees participating artists move from the laboratory to the performance venue. Just-created performance designs, circuits, code, and ideas will be put to the test in front of a live audience as a multidisciplinary group of creative performers share the work they've constructed over the course of the CTM festival week. Expect new work in live musical performance, movement, visuals, and surprises.
The MusicMakers Hacklab at CTM 2016 is supported by Native Instruments and the SHAPE platform.
Ewa Justka is a polish electronic noise artist, instruments builder and DIY electronics teacher based in London. Justka’s main field of research is based on exploration of materiality of objects, vibrant, ontological systems and an investigation of modes of quasi-direct perception through noise performance actions, interactive installation, DIY electronics, hardware hacking, plant-molesting, breaking, deconstructing and collaborating.