almost finished….

Posted in Documentation on August 30th, 2009 by admin

A few shots of the almost-completed Buchla 200e clone synthesizer cabinet I’ve been working on (they are clickable to enlarge). It still needs some internal wiring done, and I have definitely discovered that painting metal evenly is not my forté, but it looks pretty damned good all the same. Now to make more modules to stick in it…

Updates on sommercampworkstation (Berlin, Germany)[Flickr pics] and AVAMAA (Mooste, Estonia) forthcoming. But tonight I’ve got curry to cook and single malts to sip with los amigos Scandinavios Lars, Iben & Halldor!

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theodore kaczynskiindustrial society and its future[1995 ny times][wikimedia]
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lightning boltearthly delights[2009 load]
merzbowkokuchou(13 japanese birds vol 8)[2009 important]
velvet cacoonatropine[2009 full moon productions]
(v.e.g.a.)far from you[2009 vega korperation]

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workshop presentation today

Posted in Announcement on August 15th, 2009 by admin
Quick one now, I’m on the way out the door. We’ll be presenting the instrument building workshop this afternoon and evening today, and it will be an open house all say tomorrow at the HKW in Berlin.

Monday morning I’m off back to Estonia to do another Neanderthal Electronics workshop. September I’m doing a TONEWHEELS workshop in Belfast, another one in October in Bulgaria, and another one in November in Kaliningrad (!!!). Finally, I’ve been accepted as a fellow at the KHM in Cologne to develop a new Tuned City project with students there for the ISEA 2010 taking place in Dortmund and surrounding areas.

The flipside of all this excitement is that I haven’t had any time to sort out the kinds of tax and health insurance crap needed to secure my next residence permit to stay in Germany. The appointment is in mid-September and I’m more than a little bit nervous. I suppose the alternative is moving back to the States and working at a truck stop in Texas, which is made all the more attractive when the nasally-voiced American girls from the debt-collection agencies ring up my German mobile asking when I’ll pay back the increasingly overblown amount of money I owe in student loans there. Sigh….


15. August 2009 / Haus der Kulturen der Welt / Berlin 16:00-22:00
presentation of the sommercamp workshop results

(find schedule here >>>)

///////////////////////workshop cluster A
World as Representation: systems and simulation.

1] Analog computers and numerical methods: Simulation of complex/chaotic systems in analogue circuits and software
with Jessica Rylan
2] Plant perception and patabotanical simulations: Overlap of systems simulation with plant sensing data and growth systems
with FOaM/Nik Gaffney and Dave Griffiths
3] Data forensics and urban EM interventions
with Martin Howse/xxxxx and Julian Oliver

///////////////////////workshop cluster B
Re:Discovering Sound — an Instrument-building Workshop

1] DEERHORNS with Ciat Lonbarde/Peter Blasser
2] HALLDOROPHONES with Halldor Ulfarsson
3] ACOUSTIC LAPTOPS with Tore Honoré Bøe
Facilitation by Derek Holzer

///////////////////////workshop cluster C
Ways of Doing.
Approaches, Manuals, Tactics, Strategies and the Operational Art

1] A Media Lab in Berlin (Keeping It Real) with James Wallbank
2] Culture Wars and viceversa with Jordi Claramonte
3] FLOSS Manuals. Ogg Theora Book Sprint with Adam Hyde
This cluster is organised by Medialab Prado, Madrid


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lifeloverkonkurs[2008 osmose productions]
sylvester anfangsylvester anfang II(2009 aurora borealis)
greymachinedisconnected[2009 hydra head]
dead and gonet.v. baby[1996]

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sommercamp workstation preview performances

Posted in Announcement on August 5th, 2009 by admin

09.08.2009 – 21 uhr – ausland – Lychener Str. 60 – 10437 Berlin

This evening starts the sommercamp
workshop marathon (workshops take place 10-16 August at Haus der Kulturen der Welt). Artists
and workshop leaders will introduce themselves with short performances.


Jessica Rylan (US)
– complex/chaotic systems in analogue circuits –
Ciat Lonbarde/Peter Blasser (US)
– deerhorns –
Hildur Gudnadóttir (IS)
Halldor Ulfarsson (IS/F)
– halldorophones –
Tore Honoré Boe (N/E)
– acoustic laptops –
Dave Griffiths (B)
– live coding –
Martin Howse (UK/D)
– EM interventions –
Derek Holzer (US/D)


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Posted in Documentation on August 4th, 2009 by admin

Just back from Romania…six 5 hour walks in Carpathian forests, several solar/laser noise experiments, avalanches of grilled meat and (unfortunately) about 151,200 sampled kick drum beats later. Yes, that’s four-to-the-floor kicks at 120 bpm for 12 hours a day the whole week long…

Put another way, the Sound Camp was alright, although I wasn’t too sure most of the people there were interested in anything other than the same trendy club music playing on hipsters’ iPhones & MacBooks all across Europe. I did find a couple guys there interested in some electronic experimentation–including Sergiu Doroftei, who took my laser sound transmitter as a cue to build his own light-to-sound converter, and Paul Popescu, who constructed a “Ruben’s Tube” of sound-modulated propane gas flames! And Bucharest physician/Star Dome architect Florin Dobrescu turned out to be exactly the kind of space-case visionary that I love to have good long rant with.

I also had some interesting conversations with Le Placard’s Eric Minkkinen about the ethics of cracked software, recycling ancient Macintosh computers from the Paris dumpsters and the potential role of “taste making” groups like our hosts Rokolectiv or Belgrade’s Dispatch Festival in getting their respective scenes out of the music-genre-ghettos they may have fallen into (minimal house, glitch idm, yadda yadda yadda) and exposing them to something more challenging. But then a few more carloads of people in Bucharest got wind of the “party in the mountains”, and suddenly it felt like a mini-Ibiza.

24 hour party people forgiven, I definitely want to thank Cosmin Tapu and Mihaela Vasile for their hard work pulling the Sound Camp together and wish them lots of good luck with their next festival in 2010.

Some Synth-pr0n

While the Romanians were busy reliving their 90’s techno childhoods, I got around to editing some videos from earlier this year. Here’s the first one:

Roland System-100M feedback oscillation from macumbista on Vimeo.

Synth-pr0n from my trip to London during March 2009.

Somehow, no matter what machine I sit down in front of, I always try
out the same patch–a big VCO feedback system, with a little
sample-and-hold noise thrown in for good measure.

Thanks to Mick Grierson and Ian Stonehouse at Goldsmiths University for access to this fantastic piece of gear!

[Sound is from built in camera mic and is pretty low, anybody know some simple tool to normalize volume of a Quicktime clip?]

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ellen fullmanbody music[1997]
filthlive the chaos[1990 lookout]
invernomutoquiet village mixtape[2009]
kevin drummalku tape[2009 alku]
z’evschoenste muziek lp[1986]

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