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    Content by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson
    E-Textile Tailor Shop by KOBAKANT
    The following institutions have funded our research and supported our work:

    Since 2020, Hannah is guest professor of the Spiel&&Objekt Master's program at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch in Berlin

    From 2013-2015 Mika was a guest professor at the eLab at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee

    From July - December 2013 Hannah was a researcher at the UdK's Design Research Lab

    From 2010-2012 Mika was a guest researcher in the Smart Textiles Design Lab at The Swedish School of Textiles

    From 2009 - 2011 Hannah was a graduate student in the MIT Media Lab's High-Low Tech research group led by Leah Buechley

    In 2009 Hannah and Mika were both research fellows at the Distance Lab

    Between 2003 - 2009 Hannah and Mika were both students at Interface Cultures
    We support the Open Source Hardware movement. All our own designs published on this website are released under the Free Cultural Works definition

    Electronics as Material III

    20-24 February 2017, taught by David Gauthier and Hannah Perner-Wilson at the Copenhagen Institute for Interaction Design in Copenhagen, Denmark

    Download the workshop booklet:
    >> PDF single pages
    >> PDF spreads

    Photos on Flickr >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/plusea/albums/72157677985086873

    “Take a sound from whatever source, a note on a violin, a scream, a moan, a creaking door, and there is always this symmetry between the sound basis, which is complex and has numerous characteristics which emerge through a process of comparison within our perception.“ (Pierre Schaeffer, Perception, Door, Process)

    “This example illustrates a frequent designer’s quandary, namely a choice between a complicated circuit that meets the strict worst-case design criterion, and is therefore guaranteed to work, and a simple circuit that doesn’t meet worst-case specifications, but is overwhelmingly likely to function without problems. There are times when you will find yourself choosing the latter, ignoring the little voice whispering into your ear.” (Paul Horowitz and Winfield Hill, The Arts of Electronics)

    Making oscillations that will be heard

    How might we imagine and build circuitry differently, if instead of thinking about electronics in terms of discrete components, we learn to control the flow of electricity through different materials? In this introductory course, electronics are presented as materials or, rather, materials are presented as electronics. Students will learn how to probe existing materials to investigate what these are made of, understand their electro/magnetic properties and question how these can be turned into sensing and actuating contraptions.


    The focus of this year’s module is on sound: how to produce oscillators, how to amplify electric signals so they become listenable and how to turn materials into both speakers and microphones. Inspired by the work of John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Pierre Shaeffer, we will approach questions of how to produce sound compositions with objects that are not musical instruments per se but, rather, have been prepared to emit sonic tonalities.

    Four areas will be presented for exploration during this course:
    (1) oscillators and their modulation
    (2) handmade/crafted electronics, with a focus on soft circuits and textile-based sensors
    (3) amplification of electronic signals
    (4) electromagnetism, speakers and transduction

    Each aforementioned area of exploration will be composed of multiple small exercises in which participants create electronic artefacts reflecting their learning as they go along. Our intention is to focuses not only on tools and materials, but on how these can become a part of the way students work, think, and design, enabling them to prototype and explore emerging ideas more quickly and more effectively using electronics.

    Project Brief

    Do it like John Cage

    Friday at 13.00 we will have a performance/recording session. Up until then you have time to build a composition that you will perform in groups of four. We expect you to build upon the things we’ve learned in class (synthesizer interfaced with sensors, build your own speaker, mic any objects) to produce at least two unique sounding sources (objects, wearable, etc.) that you will play. There is still time to experiment (from Wednesday until Friday) but you should keep in mind the performative and expressive act as well as the sound aesthetics. Think it as a composition / performance. Please make time to rehearse and make sure you are ready for the recording at 13.00. Don’t forget to title your composition.

    Following this session, a 10 minute critique will be held for each team. Be prepared to respond to questions regarding your process, how your sound sources are built, your intentions behind your composition, its aesthetics qualities, and also reflect on what worked and what did not.

    Groups: 4 members

    Duration of the recording: 3 min 24 seconds

    Breadboarded circuit >> https://circuits.io/circuits/4104051-atari-punk-console-556-timer/edit#breadboard


    Previous years:
    2014 >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=5057
    2015 >> http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=5460

    >> https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5jcnBPSPWQyaTU1OW5NbVJQNW8/edit
    >> https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/what-is-electricity

    Sound Synthesis:
    >> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_Punk_Console
    >> http://compiler.kaustic.net/machines/apc.html

    >> http://www.edisontechcenter.org/speakers.html

    556 timer datasheet >> http://www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/lm556.pdf
    TIP122 datasheet >> https://cdn-shop.adafruit.com/datasheets/TIP120.pdf


    >> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musique_concr%C3%A8te
    >> https://koma-elektronik.com/?product=field-kit
    >> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Waisvisz
    >> http://www.dirtyelectronics.org/menu.html
    >> http://wiki.ljudmila.org/Theremidi_Orchestra
    Lara Grant’s felted synths >> http://lara-grant.com/

    John Cage “Water walk”

    Karlheinz Stockhausen – Mikrophonie I & II

    Gestural Musical Interfaces

    Field Kit

    >> https://koma-elektronik.com/?product=field-kit
    >> https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/komaelektronik/field-kit-electroacoustic-workstation?ref=popular

    Mimu Gloves

    >> http://mimugloves.com/


    >> http://lara-grant.com/ruffletr0n-2/

    Michel Waisvisz

    >> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Waisvisz
    >> http://www.flickr.com/photos/steim/851251226/
    >> http://crackle.org/Waisvisz%27%20Small%20Web%20%28Belly%20Web%29.htm
    >> http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeanbaptisteparis/527752319/in/photostream

    Wintergatan – Marble Machine (music instrument using 2000 marbles)

    Human Harp

    >> http://humanharp.org/

    Human Harp #PlayTheBridge from humanharp on Vimeo.


    >> http://idmil.org/projects/spine


    >> https://www.adafruit.com/product/124


    >> http://www.drumpants.com/


    >> http://www.mogees.co.uk/about

    Keith Mcmillen’s Bebop sensors and instruments

    >> http://www.bebopsensors.com/
    >> https://www.keithmcmillen.com/

    Seaboard Piano

    >> https://roli.com/products/seaboard-grand

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