Make Music With Lights
This workshop intertwines practice (musical and performative), theory (historical context and aesthetics) and technique (electronics). It culminates with a performance and a composition. Beginners will learn how to start with electronics, solder and read schematics. More advanced users will learn how to modify a circuit and increase the complexity of an instrument. By the end of the second day participants will learn how to construct a live composition.
- Construction of two simple instruments powered by solar panels.
- Why solar panels and what do we learn from them?
- Basic of electronics and soldering for beginners
- Reading schematics and reproducing a circuit What happens inside?
- Oscillators and logic gates Modifying a circuit and fine tuning your noise
- Sensing systems and LDR (light dependent resistors)
- Resources will be delivered before and after the class.
All components will be provided. Participants keep what they make.
- Imagining a live set using a choreography of lights and the oscillators constructed.
- Composition and synaesthesia with light controlled electronics
- Understanding frequencies in terms of colour and sound
- Melody as colour, beat as pulsation
- Manipulating interferences
- Expression, gesture and interaction in performance
- Rhythm, tempo, syncopation, cacophony
- Examples from contemporary composers
- Aesthetics: analog synths and generated sounds
- working with silence and granularity
- overlapping and subtracting textures
- Techno, noise, musique concrete
- timbral and vertical music
The day will start with a short lecture (optical music and live composition). The focus of the day will be on practicing with the instruments created, imagining a system of notation for live performance. Participants will learn how to construct a live composition. The workshop will end with a performance: solo / in duet and all together (directed). The performance will be filmed and recorded. Video and sound files will be delivered to each student as additional didactic material. A small anthology (non compulsory but recommended) will be emailed to the students a week before the course. Individual feedback will be provided upon request.
About the workshop holder
xname is a solo project by Eleonora Oreggia, a London based conceptual electronic artist from Milan, currently fully funded PhD candidate in Media & Arts Technology at Queen Mary University of London. She makes performances and interactive installations. Her live compositions transform light and other electromagnetic frequencies in sound waves through self built synthesizers and complex semi chaotic machines. She is also the founder of Nebularosa, a record label promoting music that challenges the established modes of music production.