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Make-It-Yourself: Building New Musical Experiences

February 8, 2018
Mark Lochrie

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We’re looking for participants who have an interest in technology, music, and archiving to assist in a research project and help to design five new interactive musical experiences. These experiences will be put on public display in various locations around the North West in Summer 2018.

The Make-It-Yourself experience will be hosted in FIVE different locations, each location will have a TWO PART workshop.

Part one will see participants develop new ways of thinking about interacting with sound, as they experience making music with a wide range of physical and digital interfaces.

Part two will see participants explore archived recording of traditional Japanese instruments, as they work collaboratively to design new musical experiences around this rich selection of instruments and sounds.

Workshop part 1

10:00am – 11:30am
Introduction to Creative Technologies
– An introduction to the 2 part workshop, with presentations about the project context, creative technologies and their place in
the modern music industry.

11:30am – 13:00pm
Thinking about Musical Interactions
– Thinking about musical ‘sampling’ and how digital music samplers and interfaces work.
– An introduction to ‘design-thinking’

13:00pm – 14:00pm

Engaging with Musical Technologies
Hands on tasks with ‘maker technologies’, understanding how different pieces of hardware and software can be used to create interactive musical interfaces

Workshop part 2

10:00am – 11:30am
Introduction to Cultural Materials 
– Introduction to musicology, archives and the need to preserve cultural heritage
-Presentation and interaction with Japanese instrument recordings

11:30am – 13:00pmExperience Idea Generation
– Thinking about Audience, Interaction, Sound, Form of different musical interfaces- Interaction with existing musical interfaces

13:00pm – 14:00pm

14:00-16:30pmDevelopment Tasks
Working in groups, design a new interactive musical interface based on one of the Japanese instruments that have been archived. Each group will be provided with a toolkit of materials to help them design their interface.

Summary and Feedback
– The groups will be asked to present their new designs to each other, initiating a feedback process with questions and answers.

Leigh Library, Wednesday 21st & 28th March, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Wigan Library, Wednesday 4th, 10:00am-3:00pm & Saturday 7th April 10:00am – 1:00pm (D:Circus Fest)

Leigh Archives, Wednesday 11th & 18th April, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Standish Library, Wednesday 25th April & 2nd May, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Museum of Wigan Life, Wednesday 9th and 16th May, 10:00am – 2:00pm



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