nic collins: hacking & bending workshop

nc: hacking workshop

nic collins leads a hardware-hacking & circuit-bending workshop as part of his 2008 isaw residency. this workshop takes place over a two-day period of intensive electronic experimentation, culminating in a group performance by nicolas and the workshop participants. the hardware hacking and circuit bending workshop follows the text, in content and spirit of his 2006 book, handmade electronic music: the art of hardware hacking. participants leave empowered, carrying several new instruments and the skills needed to continue inventing and building on their own

The book, Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking provides a long-needed, practical, and engaging introduction for students of electronic music, installation and sound-art to the craft of making — as well as creatively cannibalizing — electronic circuits for artistic purposes. Designed for practitioners and students of electronic art, it provides a guided tour through the world of electronics, encouraging artists to get to know the inner workings of basic electronic devices so they can creatively use them for their own ends

Handmade Electronic Music introduces the basic of practical circuitry while instructing the student in basic electronic principles, always from the practical point of view of an artist. It teaches a style of intuitive and sensual experimentation that has been lost in this day of prefabricated electronic musical instruments whose inner workings are not open to experimentation. It encourages artists to transcend their fear of electronic technology to launch themselves into the pleasure of working creatively with all kinds of analog circuitry


artcenter/south florida
924 Lincoln Road, room 203, miami beach


part1: friday, march 28, 2008; 10am – 6pm
subjects: contact mikes, coil pickups, tape heads, bending radios and toys

part2: saturday, march 29, 2008; 10pm – 6pm
subject: make an oscillator from scratch

performance: saturday, march 29, 2008; 7:30pm
free outdoor performance on lincoln road

this workshop is presented in partnership with artcenter/south florida artcenter/sf

isaw and the south florida composers alliance receive funding from miami-dade cultural affairs department and the state of florida division of cultural affairs