Workshop: Graphic Scores and Found Sound
April 14, 2018

In the workshop, composer-musician Benjamin Miller will lead participants in an immersive experience in which they are invited to explore the possibilities of images as conductors of sound, and sound as a compositional tool for images. This workshop is open to all!

Miller will provide old-school technologies such as analog tape loops and a Casio SK1 sampler to capture found sound in real-time. In addition to this, participants will be encouraged to use paper, plastic, junk metal, voice, found items on location, transistor radio, analog synthesizer, vinyl records, homemade instruments – anything! – as source material to compose from.

While listening to compositions generated by Miller in real time utilizing the aforementioned found sound materials, participants will create their graphic scores with paint and paper. These graphic scores will show how signs and symbols can be used to represent sounds, textures and various kinds of sonic events. Participants will then be given the opportunity to collaborate and interpret, perform, and record each other’s scores. Recordings will be made available to all participants.

About the Instructor
Ben Miller is an American rock and avant garde guitarist born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and now based in the NYC-metro area. He has formerly been a member of such Detroit/Ann Arbor bands as Sproton Layer, Destroy All Monsters,[1] and non-fiction. Destroy All Monsters, in particular, still a cult favorite, was a big part of the proto-punk, punk, and post-punk Detroit rock scene, featuring such bands as the MC5, the Stooges, Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, and Up. Currently Miller performs solo with his self-deconstructed multiphonic guitar (picture) and conducts / composes for NYC’s Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra.

Workshop fees
To reserve one or more seats in the workshop, please register using the link below:

Graphic scores and found sound
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Intro to Bacteria as Art
April 14, 2018

Back by popular demand! Art and microbiology come together in this fun, unique hands-on workshop, held in partnership with Cap City Biohackers. Participants will use color-producing microbes to create a ‘living’ work of art. They will learn about 4 pigmented bacteria, Micrococcus luteus (yellow), Rhodococcus rhodochrous (pink), Sarcina aurantiaca(orange-yellow), and Rhodospirillum rubrum (purple) and will have the opportunity to “draw” with them on a petri dish. Attendees will learn to culture non-pathogenic, naturally colorful bacteria, then “paint” these bacteria onto agar plates in their own designs. Traditional scientific techniques for growing bacteria will be demonstrated. As the bacteria multiply, creations literally come to life over time. This course uses the visual arts as a vehicle to introduce STEM concepts such as the bacterial growth cycle, sterile culture technique, and protein synthesis. Participants will experience a new artistic medium while bringing a concreteness to subcellular mechanisms that are often abstractly presented. This workshop is suitable for kids aged 12+ and adults.

This workshop is being held in partnership with the Cultural Arts Center as part of the exhibition “Hypothesis”.

About the Instructors
Dr. Jessica Fleming, co-founder of Cap City Biohackers, is a postdoctoral researcher with the Ohio State University Medical Center, where she earned her doctorate in Molecular Genetics. She is currently focused on identifying prognostic and predictive molecular biomarkers in CNS tumors.

Dr. David Taffany, co-founder of Cap City Biohackers, is a project manager for Fuse Health. He received his doctorate in Molecular Genetics from the Ohio State University.

Registration fee for the workshop is $10. To register for the workshop, please follow the following link, which will take you to the Cultural Arts Center’s online registration system: