Workshop Dark Circuits Orchestra

Workshop Announcement Text

Are you playing electronics and wondered how it sounds if you’d played in a massive orchestra? Using flashcards and hand signs, Hans Tammen creates large multi-movement pieces with large ensembles of players of electronic instruments for over a decade — whatever you play, join this workshop if you’re ready to show your skills within a large orchestra to create a massive piece of electronic music!

What to bring:

  • your instrument, whatever it is: circuit bending, no-input mixers, laptops, turntablism, raw electronics, eurorack synths, analogue circuitry, network sniffers, live coding and soldering, smartphones – I will make use out of it.
  • a means to control your volume: whether it is a fader on your mixer or screen, or a volume pedal – I need to make sure that the sound is always transparent, and individual voices come through.
  • a long audio cable from your rig: there will be tables, a mixer and a sound system, but we may not have enough cables to run audio from 20 performers to the mixer.

Location:

[TBA]

Timeline:

  • afternoon: we will meet for the workshop, where I explain the graphic score, and we experiment with the instruments and sounds to find out what works best for the ensemble. You need to be on time!
  • evening: the public performance of this orchestra. You have to attend both workshop and performance, of course. Invite your friends, so they can brag later about it.

Sign Up:

I would like to know who’s coming. Send me an email to hans@tammen.org, with a link to your sounds if possible, and what you are actually playing. The workshop is limited to 20 people, otherwise the sugarcube will be blown up.

Links:

Workshop example with littleBits synths: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIQ-ipmw6cM
My regular ensemble: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Pd23-fuJmo

littleBits Workshop at MakeMusicNY / Dark Circuits Festival

Third Eye Electronics Orchestra at CYBERFEST, St. Petersburg

Fierce Groove Excerpt

Sparse Sounds Excerpt