1. MzTEK V&A Workshops: Sound Oddities

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    Be inspired by the David Bowie exhibition, and design your own wearable electronic noise instrument.

    Learn to build a simple synthesiser by soldering components onto a specially designed Printed Circuit Board, that can be embedded into a garment using conductive thread and soft circuit techniques. The tone of the instrument is manipulated using home-made stretch and pressure sensors.

    This project was designed by MzTEK as part of the Hacked Human Orchestra, a production in collaboration with Guerilla Science.

    Where

    The V&A Digital Studio, Sackler Centre
    Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

    When

    Saturday 23 March, 10.30 – 17.00

    Sign up here

     

  2. Beat Box Tshirts at the London Music Hackspace

    MzTEK’s Beat box t-shirt from the Hacked Human Orchestra at London Music Hackspace

    MzTEK and the Music Hackspace invite all you techie women (and women who want to get techie) to join us for a one day workshop where you will learn to make one of the instruments from the project, the Beatbox t-shirt!

    This last summer we worked with Guerilla Science, and KOBAKANT to bring a fantastic Hacked Human Orchestra to Wilderness and Shambala festivals, making wearable instruments with festival-goers that created the most awesome music ever!

    Creating soft circuits with conductive fabric, conductive thread and an array of electronic components, people turned their t-shirts into synthesizers, screechers and recorders.

    On this occasion the Beatbox t-shirt arrives to the London Music Hackspace, a place for artists, innovators, entrepreneurs and hobbyists passionate about music and technology.

    In this workshop we will hack a small re-recordable devise, discard the hard wires and replace them with conductive fabric and thread, and learn e-textile techniques to make soft circuit buttons to embed the devise into a t-shirt or textile. We will provide a standard t-shirt, but feel free to bring a fabric patch, hat or bag etc, to use instead.

    This would make a funky Xmas prezzie!

    This workshop is perfect for someone wanting to learn the basics of how to create a soft circuit, but also for those wanting to work with electronics in a slightly different way. T-shirts will be provided but please feel free to bring along your own garment to adorn as well!

    For more information about our adventures with Hacked Human Orchestra over the summer please check out: http://www.mztek.org/programs/hacked-human-orchestra/

    When?

    Sunday 16th December 11:00am – 4:30pm

    Where?

    Music Hackspace, Unit 30. Cremer Business Centre. 37 Cremer Street. London E2 8HD

    £50 + £1.60 booking fee – standard ticket

    £80 + £1.60 booking fee – 2 people discounted ticket (saving of £10 for each person!)

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  3. Soft Circuit Crimbo Decorations Workshop!

    Learn how to make super shiny festive decorations in this seasonal soft circuit beginners workshop! Whether you want to make a star, Christmas tree or a snowflake, you will learn how to stitch basic circuits using conductive thread and adorn your felt decoration with LED’s. Led by MzTEKer Emilie Giles, the workshop will give you new skills in working with textiles as well as learning basic electronics.

    When?

    Wednesday 12th December 6:30 – 9:30pm

    Where?

    SPACE, 129—131 Mare Street, London, E8 3RH.

    Cost?

    £15 + £1.60 booking fee

    Sign up here!

    Please note that this workshop is for women only.

    If you have any queries, please contact us on info@mztek.org

  4. Science Council Launches Fashion & Textiles Section On Future Morph Site

    This week not only sees the beginning of the London Design Festival, but also London Fashion Week. To tie in with the latter, The Science Council are launching a new section on their Future Morph website, entitled Fashion & Textiles. The page explores many different areas within this field, from wearable technology, to textiles used for medicine, as well as how science and fashion can work together for a more sustainable world.

    The page is also a great for tutors as it contains learning resources as well as an insight into the work which different people are doing in this area so as to inspire students with regards to career choices. If you’re interested in this area, then it’s definitely worth a read!

    The Science Council very kindly asked us to contribute towards this section of the site as MzTEK has been doing  a lot of work with soft circuits recently, including the Hacked Human Orchestra project in collaboration with Guerilla Science as well as a variety of workshops.

    We have been running classes in the Lilypad Arduino as well as a beginners soft circuit course in which students can create a soft toy with light-up eyes, which you can participate in at the V&A’s Digital Design Weekend this week!

     

    To read our article as well as others in the section, check out the Future Morph website.

  5. MzTEK at Shambala 2012

    Last weekend was not just the very much needed August bank holiday, it was also our last workshop for the Hacked Human Orchestra project *sob*! The workshop took place at the absolutely lovely Shambala Festival in  Northamptonshire, which prides itself as being a ‘..space to play, to reinvent and revitalise…’. We couldn’t agree more :)

    With us were our awesome collaborators on the project, Guerilla Science, PhD student Shauna Concannon and Hannah Perner-Wilson from Kobakant. It was a pleasure to have Hannah with us as Kobakant have been an inspiration to us throughout the project and have helped us along the way with the design of the wearable instruments.

    Like Wilderness Festival a couple of weeks ago, participants at the workshop made wearable pianos:

    Beatbox machines:

    And a new screech instrument!:

    The latter we are VERY proud of, as for it we designed our first PCB:

    Like at Wilderness, after finishing their instrument each participant went and played it for composer Florian Lunaire who is creating a track from all the sound samples he took. We can’t wait to hear it and when it’s finished you’ll be able to listen to it on our website. We will also be releasing all the learning materials from the project on our Workshop Material page.

    We would like to thank a number of people for helping us with the project; Lush Projects for helping us with the piano instrument as Iain very kindly provided us with the circuit diagram for it, the Royal Academy of Engineering for supporting the project and Jamie Allen and Jo Kazuhiro for letting us use their circuit from the Chiptune Marching Band project for our screech instrument.

    For more images from the Shambala workshop, please see our Flickr stream.