Saturday, March 19, 2011

Nourishing Sounds April 17th

Skylab is excited to announce the first Nourishing Sounds, a series of workshops, performances and lectures exploring different ways of incorporating sound into art. Each event hopes to spur dialog and creativity among participants. We'll even serve a local organic dinner to try and encourage people to sit down together.

The first Nourishing Sounds brings Ed Bear and Lea Bertucci, AKA Twisty Cat, to Columbus from Brooklyn, NY to do a workshop and performance using re-purposed i-trip FM transmitters.


Modern low power FM radio transmitters are ubiquitous in the consumer market and ripe with creative applications. One example is the iPod accessory branded the iTrip. Every generation of this device is specifically designed for each version of the iPod, leaving previous iterations of the iTrip obsolete and very cheap!

The act of reprogramming and m...odifying the iTrip to work without an iPod is a unique and simple introduction to FM transmission and digital electronics with practical and creative motivations. This workshop requires no previous knowledge of programming, electronics, electromagnetism, etc. We will go through the reprogramming process, from breaking into the casing to reprogramming the chip. At the conclusion of this three hour workshop every participant will have one hacked iTrip transmitter. We will demonstrate various uses of the device including generating feedback, using the transmitter as a wireless microphone, and altering the range though antenna manipulation. Additionally, we will emphasize the ease and importance of repurposing obsolete electronics for creative/subversive actions.

About the Instructors

Ed Bear and Lea Bertucci have performed as a Bass Clarinet and Baritone Saxophone duo for approximately four years under the moniker TwistyCat. TwistyCat's compositions explore themes such as electronic abstraction of acoustic timbre, the bleed between the senses of sight and hearing, post-industrial dissonances, and radio as a vehicle for displacing sound.

Lea Bertucci is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn NY who works with photography, video and sound. She is a 2007 Tierney fellow, a 2009 Smack Mellon Artist in Residence, and has received a degree in photography from Bard College. The emphasis of her work lies in the creative description of space, whether through light, movement or sound.

Ed Bear is a musician and engineer working with found electronics, video, transmission and collective improvisation. As an educator and artist, he aims to technologically empower everyone as scientists and magicians and investigate the questionable calibration of human perception. He has toured extensively in North America and Europe as a former member of the group Talibam!; performing at major venues such as Issue Project Room, free103Point9, Tonic, The Montreal Pop Festival, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Duke University. In 2009 and 2010 he received NSF funds to study software defined radio and novel energy harvesting techniques using ionic polymers and metal composites.

Starts at 7 PM. Get here early for a delicious organic vegan dinner provided by Nourishing Sounds. $6 Suggested Donation.

Nourishing Sounds is made possible by a grant from the Franklin County Neighborhood Arts Program of the Greater Columbus Arts Council. 

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