PRRRRRT! offer a simple synth hacking workshop where participants can assemble the Nom Nom Nand Nor 4xNAND gate synth using a 4093 chip.
By adding sensors, and combining with e-textiles, this simple synth can become a light responsive musical instrument housed inside a soft toy, customised to each person's creative choices.
This kind of instrument is intuitive and fun. People instantly get their heads around how to play them; young and old.
For performance, despite being simple, they offer countless creative ways to make music together.
This workshops does not require prior technical experience. Our aim is to make DIY electronic music more accessible and to have fun making, leading to a group jam/performance. We will extend our collective sonic experimentations further by introducing more synths and effects pedals to process the sounds of our new instruments to create an interesting and diverse sonic tapestry. We will all gain experience with how these processes work together through collective learning, experimentation and play. This is an introductory workshop. Jamming and experimenting together offers insights into the potential of making experimental electronic music in many ways.
This might be for people who have never made anything with electronics before, or people who have never made music before, or people who have lots of experience with both but like the idea of making something simple and being part of a collective jam.
We are making use of the 4xNAND gates on a 4093 I/C (integrated circuit). The circuit uses Light Dependent Resistors (LDR)
to control the input
The circuit design is sourced from Ljudmila's MicroNoise 4093 kit.
Further inspiration and knowledge gained from Nicolas Collins - Handmade electronic music
Jasmine's work involves helping with synth manufacture across three different Bristol based companies, Bugbrand, Future Sound Systems and UDO Audio. She has assisted with soldering and making in various workshops.
Becca Rose Glowacki
Becca is an artist, maker, and educator working at the intersection of craft practice, socially engaged arts, and creative technologies. She puts on participatory events or workshops such as working with DIY electronic-textile sensors, or creating tactile digital games. Becca lectures in Creative Technologies at UWE.
Kathy Hinde’s work grows from a partnership between nature and technology expressed through immersive audio-visual installations and performances that combine sound, sculpture, image and light. Kathy is a member of Bristol Experimental Expanded Film (BEEF).