The workshop offers a hands-on introduction to interactive systems, based on the theremin-sensors - small and sensitive digital theremins similar to the well known electronic musical instrument, invented by Russian inventor Leon Theremin in 1919. They are useful for numerous applications, including motion tracking, gestural interfacing, the monitoring of small variations of electrical capacitances related to any sorts of conductive materials and media, including metal objects, foil, water, human body, plants, metal threads, thin plastic films with metallization etc.
From the start of the workshop the participants will convert their laptops into digital theremins, using an Arduino microcontroller or an ordinary sound card as an interface. The sensors for testing and experimenting as well as the Arduino boards and all appropriate software libraries will be provided by the instructor. Particpants who want to keep going with their own experimentation can purchase the Arduino boards and theremin sensors at the end of the workshop.
A theoretical introduction, which introduces into the workshop, will give a technical overview of sensor technology and construction, insights into the the basic operation principles of theremin-based systems, and examples of applications in art and music, as well as further useful concepts and ideas.
The workshop is oriented towards sound and media artists, composers and musicians, who have a particular interest in sound art and interactive systems, forgotten history and musical technology in general.
Participants should have some skills in Arduino, PD or MAX/MSP programming. Each participant should bring a laptop with PD Extended or MAX/MSP 6.1.10 installed. Each laptop should have a working audio input or external audio interface. In case of the lack of audio input it is recommended to bring Arduino Uno microcontroller.
Maximum participants: 10
Registration required via an online form.
Andrey Smirnov is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, composer, educator, researcher, author, and developer of interactive computer music techniques.