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MAKING NOISE: DIY Mini Synthesizer
Thursday, November 3, 2011 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
While electricity, sound waves, and wave oscillation can certainly become complex subject matter, the basic concepts can be simplified through hands-on instruction and experimentation. The Making Noise workshop serves as an introduction to electronics, electronic components, sound waves and wave oscillation via spoken instruction and hands-on creation of a fully functional and infinitely expandable electronic musical instrument. Participants will develop the basic skills necessary to understand these concepts and apply them to create their a basic electronic oscillator/synthesizer. Using various electronic prototyping components used by real-world electrical engineers such as capacitors, resistors, photoresistors, potentiometers, LEDs and power supplies, students will build their own synthesizer whose sound and performance may be altered through various modifications and interactions with different electronic components and materials.
Particpants should leave the workshop with a basic understanding of the following:
Electricity - electron and electrical charge flow, alternating vs direct current
Sound - sound waves, frequency, oscillation, different waveforms
Synthesizers - history, construction, operation
Electrical Components - resistors, capacitors, transistors, batteries, power adapters
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OmniCorpDetroit is an intense group of designers, artists, engineers, musicians, thinkers, do-ers and makers that get together to build new things as well as share and collaborate within the Detroit community.
In general, we’re making, breaking, reshaping and hacking all sorts of things!