Terminbeschreibung: 26.4.–27.4., 10.5.–11.5., 17.5.–18.5., 31.5.–1.6., 26.6.–27.6.
Zeit: 11–17 Uhr
Ort: Raum 221

Darsha Hewitt


In this hands-on DYI Electronics/Sound Seminar, students will study The Wurlitzer Sideman 5000 - one of the earliest (and heaviest) electronic drum machines (ca. 1959). We will re-imagine / re-build a ‘new’ version of this historically significant electronic instrument with material and electronics scavenged from the trash. Participants will learn how to read schematics, use test equipment, build sound/electromechanical circuity and experiment with lo-tech beats and rhythms. Collectively we will create a performance/installation. The original Drum Machine will be on-site.

This Seminar approaches the electronic medium through deconstruction; hacking; experimental circuitry; and reverse-engineering. Through hands-on experimentation with obsolete technology, it aims to demystify the hidden dimension of machines as a way to trace-out structures of economy, power and control embedded throughout and beyond consumer technology and consider its impact humans and nature. No previous experience with electronics is required - only an adventurous attitude and a commitment to troubleshooting. Each seminar builds on the techniques from the last - it is strongly recommended to attend all dates.