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– From sound source to a finished work of audio art

20 August – 14 November 2012

Build your own instrument, record it and edit the recordings to make a finished audio work. The methods are circuit bending/hacking, the software is the Pro Tools suite.

The Artists’ Association MUU organizes a comprehensive workshop on the construction of sound instruments, sound recording and editing, with a view to creating a finished piece of sound art. The workshop starts with an introductory lecture on sound art and electronic music to give participants an idea of the limitless possibilities of sound art and to provide inspiration for their own piece.

In the first part of the workshop, participants build an instrument from existing materials such as an old keyboard, walkman, radio or effect unit by adding new functionalities to them. The methods used in construction are circuit bending and hacking. The workshop starts with the basics. Once the instrument is finished, the participants will create a sound work using as their primary sound source the instruments they have built in the workshop.

In the second part of the workshop, participants learn how to use the Pro Tools software suite. Pro Tools is ideal for creating sound works and for other sound editing jobs. In the section on recording, participants will learn about digital sound formats and basic microphone skills.

The goal of the workshop is to create a finished sound work(s) using recordings made in the workshop. The works will be published on a MUU FOR EARS promotional CD in late 2012.

– Workshop by Kacper Ziemianin
– Lecture by Petri Kuljuntausta
– Pro Tools workshop by Aleksi Myllykoski
– Feedback
– Mastering, CD publication

Level: beginners – no prior knowledge of electronics necessary, some soldering experience preferable

Chosen workshop participants will be informed Thu 16 August
Applications sent to: workshop@muu.fi
Application content: see instructions at the end of this message!
Teachers: Kacper Ziemianin, Aleksi Myllykoski
Lecturer: Petri Kuljuntausta
Venue: MUU Media Base, Lönnrotinkatu 33, 5 Helsinki, and
Cartes, WeeGee, Ahertajantie 5, Tapiola, Espoo
Maximum number of participants: 8.

Partners: Artists’ Association MUU, Cartes, Finnish Artists’ Studio
Foundation and Gallery Akusmata.

I. Introductory lecture: Petri Kuljuntausta: History of sound art up to the present, Monday, 20 August 2012, 5-9 pm

Venue: MUU gallery, Lönnrotinkatu 33, Helsinki
The lecture is in Finnish.

Sound artist Petri Kuljuntausta will launch the workshop with a lecture on sound art and electronic music. The movements and methods of sound art using ambient recordings are illustrated with examples.

II. Workshop: Circuit Bending / hacking for beginners 21 – 27 August 2012

Teacher: Kacper Ziemianin (Poland/UK)
Instruction language is English.
Venue: Cartes, Espoo

Tuesday, 21 August, 5-9 pm
Saturday, 25 August, 2-6 pm
Sunday, 26 August, 2-6 pm
(possible additional day Monday, 27 August, 10 am-4 pm)

At the end of the workshop:
Monday, 27 August, at 6 pm: Feedback and presentation in the MUU gallery.

In this short and intensive workshop you will enter the amazing world of circuit bending and hacking, you will find out how to turn an old keyboard toy, walkman, radio, effect unit etc. into a new instrument by adding new features to it. Starting from the very basics you will learn about the history of circuit bending, safety measures, where and what to look for, what tools and components you need.

In part two, we will focus on practice. You will learn to solder, to use an electric meter, to open the device and to find the circuit and finally to look for new sounds.

In part three, we will start individual work and look for different types of connections, such as touch sensitivity, on/off buttons and switches, potentiometers and other sensors. We will also add a line output so you can monitor your sounds through the mixer and even record it on your computer.

Finally, we will learn about finishing techniques and how to enclose the instrument and make it look nice. After the course you will have enough knowledge to go on and explore circuit bending by yourself and you will have a first instrument built by yourself!

To bring with you: Participants are requested to bring their own musical toy, preferably with a built in speaker, such as small keyboard, casio keyboard (or similar), walkman, radio etc. The instrument MUST BE BATTERY OPERATED (not plugged into mains).



Circuit bending is the creative customization of the circuits within electronic devices such as low voltage, battery-powered guitar effects, children¹s toys and small digital synthesizers to create new musical or visual instruments and sound generators.

Emphasizing spontaneity and randomness, the techniques of circuit bending have been commonly associated with noise music, though many more conventional contemporary musicians and musical groups have been known to experiment with bent instruments. Circuit bending usually involves dismantling the machine and adding components such as switches an potentiometers that alter the circuit.

III. Workshop: Pro Tools in the production of sound art, 28 August – 14 November 2012

Teacher: Aleksi Myllykoski
Venue: MUU Media Base
Instruction language is Finnish.

Tuesday, 28 August, 5-9 pm, introduction, also featuring Kacper Ziemianin
Saturday, 1 September, 2-6 pm, Pro Tools basics
Sunday, 2 September, 2-6 pm, Pro Tools basics
Thursday, 13 September, 5-9 pm, project supervision
Monday, 1 October, 5-9 pm, project supervision
Wednesday, 24 October, 5-9 pm, project supervision

Independent project work 3 September – 13 November, possibility to use MUU Media Base.

After the first day, Aleksi Myllykoski will start with an introduction to the basic operations of sound editing using the Pro Tools software suite. The aim is to give participants the skills to use the suite independently to produce a publishable sound work. Previous experience with sound work is an advantage, but no experience of sound editing is required. Participants can also produce a sound work using their own equipment.

MUU Media Base has a Pro Tools studio, which the workshop participants can subsequently rent for their own use. During the workshop, a short guidebook (in Finnish) will be distributed to the participants, to help them with issues arising in the course of independent work.

IV. Conclusion of the workshop:

Wednesday, 14 November, 5-9 pm.
Listening and feedback session, one-on-one guidance.

Petri Kuljuntausta and Aleksi Myllykoski.

Finished works for the CD publication must be submitted no later than on Friday, 3 November.

December 2012, CD publication. Petri Kuljuntausta, mastering, finishing the sound edit.


KACPER ZIEMIANIN is MUU’s artist in residence in August 2012. Apart from concentrating on his artistic work, Ziemanin will also run a workshop by MUU.

Ziemianin’s exhibition, Around the Clock, will be open in the Akusmata gallery 18 – 31 August 2012. http://akusmata.com. On Monday, August 13, at 6 pm he will give an Artist Talk in the MUU gallery. The residency is organized in cooperation with the Finnish Artists’ Studio Foundation. http://www.ateljeesaatio.fi

Kacper Ziemianin has background in classical music and a lot of adventures in sound, ranging from black metal and electronic music to ambient and noise. After graduating from the Jagiellonian University in his home town Cracow, he moved to London to study Sonic Arts (BA) at Middlsex University, from where he graduated in 2010. In the meantime, he also studied at the Cracow Music Academy with Marek Choloniewski, at STEIM in Amsterdam, and at the University of Arts in Berlin.

At present, Zeimianin’s focus is on building his own instruments and modifying existing ones. His other areas of interest are audio-visual installations, sound design and interactivity. He improvises in live performances using self-made instruments to create live electronic music with a focus on texture.

Ziemianin has created audio-visual installations as well as interactive pieces, he has done sound design for short films and theatre, and works for the best arts radio station in London, Resonance FM, where his show Polish Deli explores the independent music scene in Poland. He has performed and shown his works in Ireland, UK, Finland, Germany, and Poland. http://www.ziemianin.net

PETRI KULJUNTAUSTA is an active and versatile sound artist, whose pioneering work as a composer, musician, performer, music journalist and researcher is based on deep familiarity with tradition. Kuljuntausta is one of the best known and most prestigious representatives of his genre in Finland. He has a solid grounding in new electronic and concrete music, and in his works he brings together electric instruments and sounds from the urban and the natural environment.

Petri Kuljuntausta is also an active champion and organizer in the field of sound art. As a sound art pioneer, he is also a founding member in several organizations in the field. Kuljuntausta is a sought-after lecturer in international arenas of sound art, a versatile expert who has participated in several national projects in the capacity of planner and trustee. He has written three books on electronic music and sound art. One of them, On-Off, is the first comprehensive presentation of Finnish electronic music and its development. The first Finnish gallery of sound art, Gallery Akusmata, founded and run by Petri Kuljuntausta, was launched in early 2012. http://akusmata.com

ALEKSI MYLLYKOSKI is a DJ, producer and sound designer. His sound works have been heard on air in the Finnish national radio, in the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and at the Love & Anarchy Festival. He has performed as a DJ for many years in different venues, presenting a wide range of music. He has also produced his own club nights (incl. Söndag Jazz and DJ Kitchen) and has worked as a producer for various events such as the Funky Elephant Festival. Myllykoski has also lectured on DJ techniques, DJ and remix cultures as well as sound design in general.


DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: WED 15 August 2012 Chosen workshop participants will be informed Thu 16 August

Send your application by email to workshop@muu.fi

Workshop fee: EUR 150

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