Sunbox: Synth Building with Birch Cooper
27 June 2015, 10:00 - 17:00
WORKSHOP GIVEN BY BIRCH COOPER (MSHR)
In this full-day workshop, taught by Birch Cooper of MSHR, participants will learn how to build a simple synthesizer based on a CMOS NAND Gate Schmitt Trigger Chip and explore various ways in which the user can control its pitch, volume and timbre including human contact and light. This circuit, which Cooper named the "Sunbox," is capable of producing much more sonic variation than a basic oscillator, but still easy to build. The workshop will go into the technical and conceptual details of how the circuit works, encourage student's exploration in circuit building and interface design. By the end of the workshop, each participant will have built a functioning, versatile circuit, which could be integrated into a synth box.
Participants are expected to have basic soldering and circuit-building skills. The level of the workshop will be beginner to intermediate to allow for a greater exploration of the technical concepts behind this particular circuit and other similar projects created by Cooper and MSHR. Participants are also highly encouraged to bring their own battery-powered amplifier so as to heighten the listening process, which will be integral to the workshop. Some amps will be made available, but participants are invited to bring their own small "practice" or battery powered amplifier to ensure that they will be able to listen to their circuit as they build it.
Birch Cooper is an artist, electronic musician, and electronic instrument builder from Portland, Oregon. His work is fundamentally interdisciplinary and often involves the combination of live electronics, sculpture, performance and interactivity, with an emphasis on interface and transcendental experience. His work centers around creative collaboration and he is a founding member of the art collectives MSHR, Oregon Painting Society, as well as many "strictly" music groups. Cooper currently performs music under his own name and MSHR, using electronic musical systems of his own design.