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I’m happy to announce that I’ll be teaching one of the first workshops at Make Nashville‘s brand new space!

The class is called “Papercraft Automata” and is open to students ages 11 and up. (Younger students are welcome with parental accompaniment.) If the first class is successful, I hope to make it a continuing series.

Using Rob Ives’ wonderful paper automata designs, I will teach you the basics of mechanical movement. Each class will explore a different mechanical movement concept including crank sliders, scotch yokes, geneva cranks, gear boxes, worm gears, rack and pinions, and more

In the first class, we will learn all about cams by building the Hungry T-Rex Dinosaur! This is a great introduction to mechanical movement because the kit provides several sets of cams that change the dinosaur’s animation.

Cams have been around for hundreds of years. They are the main mechanical principal behind self-writing, self-drawing, and music-playing automata such as the one featured in the movie Hugo. There’s so much you can do with this one simple concept!

Date: Sunday, August 21 from 12pm to 4pm.
Location: Make Nashville, 947 Woodland St, Nashville, TN
Class fee: $7 for Make Nashville makerspace members. $12 for non-members.

We will supply all tools and components, however if you have a favorite cutting mat, pair of scissors, or Exacto-knife, feel free to bring it along.

Buy your tickets here. This class is limited to 18 students and is expected to sell out, so reserve your spot quick.

Learn more about the Hungry T-Rex here.

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Mar 082016
 

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Nashville composer, coder, oboist, new media artist, and Circuit Benders’ Ball alum Robbie Lynn Hunsinger will perform Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m. at the Centennial Black Box Theatre. The event is a part of Metro Parks’ experimental arts series Free Form Friday.

Hunsinger will be joined by award-winning double-bassist Missy Raines and Nashville Symphony English horn player Roger Wiesmeyer. Hunsinger will perform on oboe, saxophone, Irish whistles, and various electronic gear. Expect a guest appearance by the Arduino drummer (although this time it may switch from snare to cymbal).

Rumor has it that Hunsinger may be bringing a scaled-down version of her phenomenal Frist Museum interactive installation Blue-Yellow-Red. (Read about Blue-Yellow-Red in Make Magazine.)

Like all Free Form Fridays, this event is FREE. To learn more about Free Form Friday, check out my Nashville Arts interview with Mike Teaney.

Ebenezer Creek for Two English Horns, Bass & Interactive Video – Excerpt from Robbie Lynn Hunsinger on Vimeo.

“Blue-Yellow-Red” interview with Robbie Lynn Hunsinger from Robbie Lynn Hunsinger on Vimeo.

Duet for Arduino & Soprano Sax from Robbie Lynn Hunsinger on Vimeo.

Free Form Friday presents Robbie Lynn Hunsinger, Missy Raines, and Roger Wiesmeyer
Friday, March 11, 8 p.m., free show, all ages
@ Centennial Black Box Theater, 211 27th. Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37213

Mar 082016
 

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The Nashville Electronic Music & Synthesizer Group is a new meetup organized by Bill Vincent, Mike Hiegemann, and others. Basically, once a month we bring our favorite gear to SAE Nashville, talk about it, and play with it. The group has something very special planned for the next meeting on March 10th: a Skype Q&A with analog synthesizer pioneer Dave Smith.

Smith is the founder of Sequential Circuits and the inventor of the Prophet-5, which was, as his Wikipedia entry states, “the world’s first microprocessor-based musical instrument and also the first programmable polyphonic synth.” He’s a co-inventor of MIDI. While working at Korg, he led the team that produced the Wavestation synthesizer.

His company Dave Smith Instruments has released several successful products including the Prophet-6, the Tempest drum machine, and the OB-6.

So yeah. This is kind of a big deal.

If you’d like to attend, join the Nashville Electronic Music & Synthesizer Facebook group and RSVP here. Big thanks to Mike Hiegemann for organizing this event.

The general show & tell begins at 6 p.m. and the Dave Smith Q&A starts at 7.

While you’re whiling away the hours, listen to the Theatre Intangible episode Prong & Spittle featuring Bobobobobob on the Prophet-5.

Dave Smith Q&A presented by the Nashville Electronic Music & Synthesizer Group
Thursday, March 10th, 6 p.m., free show, all ages
@ SAE Nashville, 7 Music Cir N, Nashville, TN 37203

Mar 072016
 

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I’m ridiculously happy to discover that there’s a circuit bending workshop happening in Nashville on Sunday, March 13th at 2 p.m. Little Harpeth Brewing is hosting “Circuit Bending: Exactly What Your Mom Told You Not To Do As A Child.” The workshop is led by multimedia artist McLean Fahnestock and presented by Gallery Luperca.

If you want to attend the 3-hour event, order your tickets now. Space is limited, and they need time to know how many parts to order.

Here are the details from the event page.

Circuit bending is the creative, chance-based customization of the circuits within low voltage battery-operated toys and gadgets to create new musical or visual instruments and noise-makers. Bring an old, used toy that still works, open it up, and learn how to make it into your own sound machine.

This workshop will get you started. We will cover the basics of circuit exploration, soldering, and switches. The $25 class fee covers an assortment of parts for you to try. Basic tools will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own kit if you would like. Bring a toy or two and make sure you have batteries!

Circuit Bending: Exactly What Your Mom Told You Not To Do As A Child
Sunday, March 13th, 2 p.m., 3 hours, $25 in advance
@ Little Harpeth Brewing, 30 Oldham St, Nashville, TN 37213