In this workshop, we'll experiment with hand-wound coils for music and sound exploration. We'll make guitar pickups, electromagnetic noise detectors, secret sound transmitters, primitive loudspeakers, spring reverbs, and more. The class involves some simple soldering; if you don't already know how, we'll teach you! And we'll conclude the workshop with an electromagnetic jam session.
Here are some OPTIONAL things you could bring to use in the workshop:
- An electric or acoustic guitar or any other instrument with steel strings.
- Any instrument with steel bells or chimes, like a toy xylophone or toy piano, or a music box.
- Small electronic devices like tv remotes and calculators - we'll listen to their brains.
- Small motorized devices like electric toothbrushes, personal fans, toy cars, etc - we'll listen to their hearts.
- A cigar box or other interesting container to conceal your secret transmitter.
- IPod or other personal audio device to power your secret transmitter.
You might like to get this battery-powered amplifier from Radio Shack: http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062620 It works great for this kind of thing. If you do, you could also pick up one or two 1/8" mono plug cables like this: http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103854 ... or get cheaper ones elsewhere. And don't forget the 9V battery. This stuff is optional and not required for the class, but handy for playing with coils and pickups at home.
Your class fee includes a simple magnetic coil amplifier kit - perfect for this sort of thing, but you'll have to assemble it yourself. Feel free to come early or stay after the class to build your kit- there will be people around to help if you like
Taught by sound artist Ranjit Bhatnagar, who is for some reason spending the month of February building a new musical instrument every day, for the third year in a row. http://www.moonmilk.com
All NYC Resistor classes are for people 18-years and up. Sorry, minors.
When & Where
NYC Resistor is a hacker collective with a shared space located in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. We meet regularly to share knowledge, hack on projects together, and build community. Our interests range from laser-cutting to knitting, and programming to pop-up books.
All NYC Resistor events are strictly 18+, and attendees are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct, which can be found at https://www.nycresistor.com/participate/.