Take part in a collaborative sound installation/performance! In this workshop, participants will explore relationships between people, sounds, and spaces using portable microcomputer technologies. Working with microphones, portable speakers, and sensors, and using simple feedback loops and delay lines on embeddable microprocessors (Bela), participants will learn about musical and technical approaches for artistically responding to and participating in a given site as a collective. We will develop an in-situ installation/performance in which each participant and their system becomes part of a larger, emergent sonic structure.
No experience is necessary. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop if possible.
About the workshop instructor: Lauren Sarah Hayes is a Scottish live electronics improviser and sound artist based in Tempe, AZ. Her music is a mix of experimental pop/techno/noise/free improvisation and has been described as ‘voracious’ and ‘exhilarating’. She is a sculptress of sound, manipulating, remixing, and bending voice, drum machines, analogue synths and self-built software live and physically. She is excited by what can happen in the vulnerable relationships between sound, space, and audience. The Wire described her 2016 album MANIPULATION (pan y rosas discos) as “skittering melodies and clip-clopping rhythms suggesting a mischievous intelligence emerging from this web of wires”. Her recent 2021 release Embrace (Superpang) was included in Bandcamp’s Best Experimental Music of February 2021. She is a member of the New BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Director-At-Large of the International Computer Music Association, and has published extensive scholarly writing on topics related to sound, haptics and touch, embodied and enactive music cognition, interdisciplinary improvisation, and site-responsive sonic art.