Make Music New York: Circuit Bending Workshop

As part of Make Music New York’s InterActive Music NY (IAMNY!) program, local circuit bender and artist, Phillip Stearns will lead a massive circuit bending workshop, hosted by Eyebeam. You’ll learn the basics of circuit bending in this hands-on workshop by circuit bending a battery operated toy keyboard. The $10 ticket pays for all the materials! Afterwards,you can take your circuit bent creation down to Ganesvoort Square to improvise with others at the IAMNY Circuit Bending area. Then, at 6pm the main stage opens up to workshop participants and local benders for the Circuit Bending Mass Appeal event conducted by Javier Lopez-Williams and Phillip Stearns.

About the instructors:

Phillip Stearns is an interdisciplinary multi-media artist and electronics arts educator. He views technology as a site for exploring the global society-environment system and how changes in the relationship between society and environment manifest in our technology. He has presented, lectured, held workshops, performed, and exhibited at various international institutions and festivals including STEIM, Harvestworks, 3rdWard, Solar One, Transitio_MX, NIME, FONLAD, Torrance Art Museum, Machine Project, Experimental Television Center, Bent Festival and others.

Javier Lopez-Williams is a musician and sound designer with an eye for experimentation and sonic exploration.

About Make Music New York (MMNY):

Now in its fourth year, Make Music New York, “the largest music event ever to grace Gotham” (Metro New York), is a unique festival of free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on Monday, June 21st, the first day of summer. MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 327 cities around the world — a global celebration of music making.

From 11 in the morning to 10 at night, musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions — from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock — perform on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens. From high school bands to marquee names, MMNY is open to anyone who wants to take part, enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend.

About InterActive Music New York (IAMNY!):

InterActive Music New York is a unique program of interactive music performances and outdoor installations to be held on Monday June 21, 2010 from 12-8pm in the Meatpacking District as part of the Make Music New York (MMNY) Festival.

2 Stages and interactive installations and demonstration areas will be set up to allow the audience to participate in all the best interactive music has to offer.

About Mass Appeal:

Last year, MMNY introduced Mass Appeal, a series of June 21st concerts bringing together hundreds of musicians to play pieces written for a single type of instrument. 24 huge ensembles of trombones, cellos, guitars, accordions, megaphones, and more performed outdoors throughout the city, garnering praise from the NY Times, New Yorker, NY Post, NY Daily News, and more. And hundreds of musicians without groups of their own got a chance to take part in the festival, just by showing up to the right place with the right instrument.

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