San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Thursday / Friday / Saturday May 23 – 25
Create Digital Music + Mindpirates present:
Laptops on Acid
Make your own DIY tools for beats and visuals
Workshop / hacklab / open jam
Presented by createdigitalmusic.com and Mindpirates, Laptops on Acid is a three-day exploration in which you’ll make your own free DIY tools for beats and visuals. Peter Kirn, Berlin-based audiovisual artist and founder of the well-known online community Create Digital Music, holds an open lab and workshop, culminating in a jam session and party, covering free and open source computer performance and open to all.
Whether you’re an artist, musician, designer, DJ or VJ, or if you have always have had the itch to create, you can now mobilize the tools that you already have to make your own device for audiovisuals entirely from free software – no previous coding background required.
Peter will provide hands-on instruction on how to develop your skills in producing electronic music and visual concepts by creating your own custom tools for making beats, noises, and live visuals in Pure Data and Processing. Bring a laptop or netbook running OS X, Windows, or Linux and you can transform it into a synth, drum machine, noisemaker, visualizer or VJ tool.
From workshop to performance
Throughout the three days, Laptops on Acid will combine three components:
1.LEARN: hands-on lessons in the software, and a demonstration of simple examples.
2. HACK: in an open lab format, try your own projects. If you have any, bring controllers and input devices like MIDI keyboards, joysticks or tablets.
3. PLAY: an open jam will let you try playing music and visuals together, with projectors and PA. Non-participants are welcome to join in as well.
On Saturday night, all of our participants will pool their skills together in an open jam from 19h. The workshop will come to a close at the VOID x Offline party – also featuring a live performance by workshop instructor Peter Kirn and Benjamin Weiss in the NERK/KIRN formation. Entry is free for all workshop participants from 23h.
Thursday: 19:00 – 23:00 Learn
Friday: 19:00 – 23:00 Hack
Saturday: 15:00 – 19:00 Hack
19:00 – 23:00 Play: open jam session
23:00 – open end VOID X Offline party
Three-day workshop incl. dinner each day and entrance to the party on Saturday: €40
For Mindpirates members: €35 (€5 of your €40 ticketwill be reimbursed at the door).
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PETER KIRN (US)
Peter Kirn is a Berlin-based audiovisual artist, technologist, and journalist. Classically trained in composition and piano, his music and visuals meld minimalist and experimental dance music influences with a focus on texture and abstraction. He also writes about technology and creativity, primarily as the founder of widely-read daily sites Create Digital Music and Create Digital Motion. He has also contributed to Popular Science, Make, Keyboard, Macworld, and DE:BUG, among others. He teaches and develops free technologies for creative coding and creation, and is co-creator of the open source MeeBlip hardware synth.
Kirn’s work has been presented at venues including B-Seite (Mannheim), Live Performers Meeting (LPM, Rome), Patch A/V Festival (Krakow), Frequency Festival (Lincoln, UK) CommuniKey Festival (Boulder, CO), Devotion Gallery (New York), In/Out Festival (New York), InterAccess Gallery (Toronto), LEAP – Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance (Berlin), Dance Theater Workshop (New York), Boston CyberArts Festival Ideas in Motion (Boston, MA), Vorspiel at Supermarkt (Berlin), and others. He is a PhD Candidate in Music Composition at The City University of New York Graduate Center.
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