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DIY: Do It Yourself !
Hands-on three-day workshop for building “DIY” sound generators

04/10 – 06/10, Medienkunstlabor Graz
With Gert-Jan Prins (NL) & Winfried Ritsch (A)

Final public concert
Tue 07/10, 7.30 pm, steirischer herbst festival centre

Composers Gert-Jan Prins and Winfried Ritsch provide instructions for building your own electronic sound-generating circuits and for handling and building “robotic instruments”. Relevant concepts such as open hardware (“algo_dsPIC” and “algo_fets” developed at the Algorhytmics studio) and control protocols such as Open Sound Control (OSC) are explained in a practical context. The workshop finishes with a joint concert featuring all participants.

For many years Gert-Jan Prins has been working on compositions and live electronic performances that use DIY, usually analog circuits primarily in the sphere of radio / FM modulation. He is a member of the electronic improvisations supergroup “Mimeo”, among others, and runs the “Synchronator” video and audio research project with Bas van Koolwijk.

Winfried Ritsch has been working in a wide range of musical fields since 1984, including computer music, interactive music, radio, networks, and on the development of DIY electronic music devices and cybernetic control models. He founded the “Algorythmics” studio and the Graz-based “” network, among others he is member of the “Tonto” label and FOND, and ###

works at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics at Graz University of Art.

A basic understanding of computer-controlled instruments and/or any kind of background in electrical engineering is an asset but not essential for taking part in the workshop.
Contribution towards expenses for material is €40

Please send your registration including CV not later than August 30, 2008, to

steirischer herbst, attn. Bea Dermond
Sackstr. 17, 8010 Graz, Austria

The workshop is taking place as part of the series of concerts “Devices, Suitable for (Almost) Every Purpose”

Devices, Suitable for (Almost) Every Purpose
curated by Heike Schleper & Bernhard Schreiner (“feld” label, Frankfurt):

Tue 07/10, “INTENSIFICATION: Get High!” with Russell Haswell (GB)
Tue 14/10, “INVESTIGATION: Explore!” with Jana Winderen (N)
Tue 21/10, “IMPROVISATION: Merge!” with Thomas Ankersmit (NL) & Phill Niblock (USA)
Each:  9.30 pm, steirischer herbst festival centre

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