PHANTOM CHIPS PLAYFUL INTERACTIVE INSTRUMENTS AND SCULPTURES

BY TARA PATTENDEN

Tara Pattenden is an artist, instrument maker and educator. Her wearable, fabric-based electronic instruments enable new expressive ways to perform music and her participatory audience participation by creating sound through movements and gestures. During the residency she will develop new work in an open studio environment inviting the public to interact with the work during the development process.  She will hold demonstrations performance and electronics workshops in the gallery space.

WORKSHOPS

WHERE

66 Hope Street, South Brisbane

WHEN

6 – 26 January 2020

LEARN TO LIVE CODE WITH TIDALCYCLES

TidalCycles (or Tidal for short) is a programming language that allows you to make musical patterns with text, describing sequences and ways of transforming and combining them, exploring complex interactions between simple parts.

Over three wednesday evenings, join Tara for a series of workshops in live coding, learning something new each week with guest artist talks from a range of people working with live code. 

WHEN / 7pm, Wednesday 8, 15 & 22 January
COST / FREE! No registration required.
TO BRING / click on the link for more information on what to bring. 

INTRO TO AUDIO ELECTRONICS
Learn about audio electronics and build your own synthesizer at this workshop aimed at beginners. Using a prototype board we will learn about different electronic components and how they work together to create audio. You will learn to solder and leave with your own working instrument! 

WHEN / 11:30am – 5:30pm, Sunday 12 January
COST / $100.00

TEENSY AUDIO WORKSHOP
The teensy is a microcontroller based on an Arduino chip that features a powerful audio editor that allows you to easily create sound.   

This workshop, aimed at beginners, will cover the basics of using the teensy.  Including some basic electronics and an introduction to coding. You will learn about different wave shapes and effects, and create your own synthesizer to take home. The aim of this workshop is to provide a foundation to continue learning and making. So many inventive and wonderful things can be made with it. You will take home the teensy (value $40) to continue learning.

WHEN / 11am – 5pm, Saturday 18 January
COST / $150.00

GRIM BEEPER WORKSHOP
In this workshop you can build a Grim Beeper, learn to solder and learn about different electronics components. No previous experience with electronics is required.

The Grim Beeper is made of two parts. An EMF detector which lights an LED when Electromagnetic frequencies are detected. This light controls the sound of a square wave oscillator.

It is believed by some people that a ghostly presence can be associated with a fluctuation in temperature and electromagnetic energy. This has not been proven however an EMF detector is a common tool used by ghost hunters.

WHEN / 10am – 2pm, Sunday 19 January
COST / $80.00

THE ARTIST

Tara Pattenden

My artistic practice incorporates interdisciplinary approaches to sound art, live performance, instrument building and interactive art. As Phantom Chips I create live participatory performances and music compositions using my own designed hand-built instruments. My wearable, fabric-based electronic instruments enable new expressive ways to play music and invite audience participation by creating sound through movements and gestures.

Since 2011 I have been designing and building instruments and my range includes the Lerango Drone, Noisy Bstrd, Hoopsnake and Grim Beeper – used by artists globally, and featured on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction. I have delivered workshops at prestigious forums including: Norberg Festival (SE); HoloSounds (DE); Onassis Stegi Cultural Centre (GR); and Victoria & Albert Museum (UK). Performance highlights include: Milhoes de Festa (PT); Cafe Oto (UK); Pohoda (SK); Supersonic (UK); Tectonics (UK); Supernormal (UK); CTM (DE); ISEA (DE); and Ideal Festival (FR). Major residencies include: PRS for Music/British Council at Novas Frequências (BR); EMS (SE), STEIM (NL); and Cyland (RU).

Artist website: www.phantomchips.com