Intro to Programming I
April 04, 2018 - April 25, 2018

About the workshop
Introduction to Programming I is the first course in a two-part series that introduces students to basic programming concepts and prepares them for intermediate and advanced programming instruction in Fuse Factory classes and workshops, or elsewhere. Introduction to Programming I covers the concepts of types, values, expressions, conditional execution, looping, and functions. Students will explore and practice these concepts using JavaScript to write simple numerical applications. Some creative graphical programming will also be introduced using P5.js.

There are no prerequisites for this course. Students are not be expected to have any prior programming experience. Students should bring their laptops to class. Otherwise, all materials and tools required to complete the course will be provided.

For a complete introduction to programming, it is recommended that students follow this course with Introduction to Programming II. The class will meet for four one-hour sessions. Students will be expected to complete some light homework assignments between sessions.

About the instructor
Michael Perkins is a technologist, musician and philosopher with special interests in Buddhist philosophy, discrete mathematics, data science, contemporary jazz, and algorithmic music. He is a graduate of Georgia State University where he studied music and philosophy and The Ohio State University where he studied philosophy and computer science. He completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy at The Ohio State University in 1983. For 35 years, Michael has developed advanced software systems for some of the world’s leading software vendors. He has designed and implemented special-purpose programming languages, data management tools, application generators, cross-platform networking software, and IT systems management software. Currently, Michael is Chief Scientist for Prosper Technologies, where he designs and implements software systems for integrating, analyzing and visualizing complex sets of data.

Workshop fees
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Intro to Programming I
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April 2018 Frequency Fridays: Meg Mulhearn/Elisa Faires (NC) + Tim Kaiser (MN) + Jen Gelineau (MA) + Powers/Rolin (CMH)
April 06, 2018

Our April 2018 Frequency Fridays show features experimental duo Meg Mulhearn (violin, electronics) and Elisa Faires (voice, electronics) (NC), experimental electronic musician/instrument maker Tim Kaiser (MN), experimental electronic musician Jen Gelineau (MA), and experimental electronic music duo Jen Powers and Matt Rolin (CMH). Date: Friday, April 6 2018. Location: It Looks Like It’s Open (13 E. Tulane Rd., 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. BYOB, all ages. Our Frequency Fridays 2017-2018 season is supported by grants from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the performers:

Meg Mulhearn is a composer who performs as a solo artist as Divine Circles and as a member of U.S. Christmas, Judas Horse, Lunar Creature, and Void Ensemble. Music she has been involved with has been released by Neurot Recordings, Relapse Records, Paradigms Recordings, Inherent Records, and Hooker Vision, among others. She has also composed strings for albums spanning many genres. She is also a former board member and current volunteer for Girls Rock Asheville.

Elisa Faires started singing and performing at the age of eight. She received an AFA in Music from Brevard and a BFA in Music from UNCA.In the past 7 years she has written, directed and performed in her own musical and multimedia productions. She was the improvisational musician and pianist for the Asheville Playback Theater for many years. Currently she is musician and official composer for Legacy Butoh and Cilla Vee Life Arts dance and performing companies. This past year she was awarded a grant from Met Life Arts entitled Meet the Composer in which she gave a performance at the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center that followed a workshop where she taught creative composition, sound and movement at UNCA. She had a music tour in Europe this past summer where she performed original compositions in Lunz, Austria at the More Ohr Less Festival, Berlin, and in Budapest.

Tim Kaiser is well known in the atmospheric experimental music scene for his blending of acousto-electric contraptions and Frankenstein electronics to create ethereal, layered drones. His sonic landscapes have been called “experiments in adventurous art” and “eclectic genius” by the likes of Make Magazine, Wired, the New Art Examiner and the Associated Press. Mr. Kaiser was featured on the PBS program MakeTV and has headlined numerous experimental music festivals in the US.

Jen Gelineau solo performances feature the amplified viola and violin, along with electronics. In addition to being an educator, she is co-curator of the improvisation festival XFEST in Holyoke and a member of several projects including Phurn, Egg Eggs, and Donkey No No.