Join us for an intense six-week introduction to analog electronics through an exploration of sound. This will be a hands-on workshop where you will build a variety of sound-generating and -manipulating circuits. Though this process, you will learn enough about analog electronics to be able to continue with similar work independently. You will leave not only with a number of basic signal generators, but with an entire small modular synth system.
Expected Class Outcomes:
- Ability to read a schematic
- Ability to breadboard electronics from schematics
- Ability to solder and build circuits from scratch
- An understanding of Ohm's Law and how it applies to analog circuits, as well as an understanding of the various component parts
- A number of signal generators, filters, effects, and synth modules will have been built
- An understanding of how to properly mix audio safely, and how to trigger sounds with other inputs.
All materials will be provided, and an $80 materials cost is included in the class fee.
What to Bring:
A copy of Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking. The class will work from the exercises in this book, and build upon it as a base for later projects.
Jimmie Rodgers has been circuitbending since 2007. He's given talks at various hacker conferences about circuitbend, and has taught hundreds how to do it. His bent instruments have lasted through years of abuse on the road, and from giving performances. He has also performed with a number of musicians with his creations.
Session 1: Thursday, March 14, 7:30-9:30PM
Session 2: Thursday, March 21, 7:30-9:30PM
Session 3: Thursday, March 28, 7:30-9:30PM
Session 4: Thursday, April 4, 7:30-9:30PM
Session 5: Thursday, April 11, 7:30-9:30PM
Session 6: Thursday, April 18, 7:30-9:30PM
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a 40,000 sq. ft. member-based non-profit community fabrication center located in Somerville MA, dedicated to making creativity a way of life. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of design & fabrication by offering:
* Shared design and fabrication tools and equipment in our various community workshops.
* A large range of publicly-accessible classes offered by local artisans.
* Various monthly membership structures allowing access to our facility.
* On-site studio and storage rentals allowing members to create and store projects on-site.
* Hosting local craft-related events to help encourage DIY culture and community craftsmanship.