Soft Circuitry and Synthesizers description for NIME 2012 updated

05.08.12 posted by sarah

FSP will be teaching Soft Circuitry and Synthesizers at New Interfaces for Musical Expression again this year in Ann Arbor, MI on Sunday May 20th.

We will be going over how to create soft counterparts to the hardware components that are used in basic circuitry and interactive design.
All students will learn from building force sensing resistors (FSRs), bend sensors and a free form sculptural sensor using sheep’s wool, conductive threads and fabrics and resistive materials such as thin plastics and foam.

We will go over the basics of electronics as all students connect their hand made interface with the mini synth circuit that we will provide. The circuit is comprised of a gated oscillator using a 4093, two of which we will connect to and use, but it has the potential for four. The oscillators are then piped through a 4049 chip that is built into a distortion filter and then finally will be outputted through a 4040 12 stage binary counter. This chip is a divider chip that has 12 outputs that divides the source by 2. We will plug into any 4 of those 12 pins using wire to snap connectors that will snap to your soft controller onto the smallest, and by what we’ve heard, the cutest patch bay ever. Students will be able to mix the output signals using a hand made patch cord.

There are no prerequisites for this class, we will go over the basics and spend most of our time building and exploring materials. Students will get resources and points in the direction for next steps.

All students will be leaving the class with a handmade soft controller, a mini synth circuit, swatches and samples of soft conductive and resistive materials, a sewing needle, a felting needle, and handouts with basic topics being covered and resources.

Check out the post from our class last year.

To register for this year, please visit the NIME website and scroll down to find “Soft Circuitry and Synthesizers”.
Sunday, May 20th
9am – 4pm (with a 1 hour lunch break noon – 1pm)

Hope to see you there!!!