What: “People doing strange things with electricity“
Where: Serial Space, 33 Wellington St, Chippendale
When: SATURDAY(!!!!) 28th April, 15:00 – 18:00
This month’s Dorkbot is at a special time at the tale end of the Moduluxxx, Mini Modular Synth Fest! Come along early to see the Petting Zoo (on from 10-3)
Moduluxxx is a 2 day thermo voltaic burn out celebrating and exploring modular synthesis. Somewhere between a museum, a LAN party and a pet show, Moduluxxx will be an space for vicarious enjoyment, learning, rubber necking, starting a dangerous new hobby (fiscally speaking), kicking tires or brushing shoulders with your peeps.
Around the world modular synthesis is experiencing a renaissance of interest and experimentation, with new developments from high bandwidth video synthesis systems through to reinventions of granular synthesis in an analog context. In a creative audio world that is dominated by software, saved files and presets, modular synthesis offers no recall, each patch is unique and perhaps unrepeatable. The equipment itself is constructed in small manufacturing runs, often by hand, designed by dedicated enthusiasts operating out of their lounge rooms.
So what is modular synthesis anyway? It is a style of synthesiser design where the architecture is left open. Each element, whether it be a sound generator, filter, controller, modulator or effect can be reconfigured in an infinite variety of arrangements.
ED LECKIE – LZX INDUSTRIES
LZX Industries is a Texan/Australian partnership drawn together by mutual obsession with early video art, and frustration with the lack of available hardware products for modular video synthesis and processing. The goal of LZX Industries is to provide highlyfunctional, professional tools for interacting with video signals in a hardware context at a price point within the grasp of the independent artist.
Ed Leckie is an Electronics Engineer with a professional background in image processing technologies, and a lifetime love for synthesizers and electronic music. He has been an active member of Clan Analogue, an electronic audiovisual collective, for the last 10 years and is part of the electronic duo Bleepin J. Squawkins.
THOMAS O’CONNOR – PITTSBURGH MODULAR
Thomas O’Connor (Port Adelaide, South Australia) An electro-entomologist & journeyman dilettante. When not planning for Year Zero or building towers of plastic skulls in his backyard he likes to unwind with a frank and open discourse on nothing with anyone who will stand still long enough & not press charges. A student of the Dérive, Trap Rap & Ghetto House he is currently searching for the philosophers stone in a unique mix of baking soda, 808 bass drums & metal film resistors, whilst admitting he is unlikely to succeed in this endevour, he maintains that this is “kinda the point”.
Some of the more usefull side effects of his experiments are avaliable as practical electronics from the good folks at Pittsburgh Modular.Thomas O’Connor – Pitsburgh Modular
David Burraston is an artist/scientist involved in technology and electronic music since the late 1970s. He had an innovative role in the foremost UK telco’s R&D laboratory in diverse areas such as Artificial Life, Virtual Reality and Visualisation. Self taught in the areas of music composition/technology, chaos and complex systems, he is recognised as a leading practitioner/theorist in the field of generative music, producing both peer reviewed publications and musical compositions. He is also a peer-reviewer for the MIT Press journals Leonardo Journal, Leonardo Music Journal, Computer Music Journal and on the editorial board of Leonardo Transactions. In January 2008 David became a member of the Australia Research Council funded initiative COSNET (Complex Open Systems Research Network). David is a founding member of the Electronic Music Foundation Institute (www.emf.org). David was part of the team that designed and built The Wires installation at The WIRED Lab and is a member of the Board of Directors. He has been operating an independant art/science music studio called Noyzelab since 1981.
His PhD thesis developed and applied fundamental new concepts, arising out of generative music practice, to a key problem in complex systems. This has served as a foundation methodology for creative practice and complex systems research, an area David calls Creativity and Complexity. The outcomes of his research have been recognised by international peers, evidenced by the acceptance of papers into significant journals such as Leonardo and Digital Creativity. The international peer reviewed Leonardo Abstracts Service (LABS) voted his PhD top among all submitted abstracts in 1st half of 2007 because of its special relevance to art/science. His current work is aimed at tackling more key questions in complex systems from a creative practice perspective, drawing inspiration from natural and artificial complex systems. These key questions address the definition of randomness, structure and high level descriptions of information processing in complex systems.