Radical Chip PartyA two-day electronic music and sound art course exploring low-level electronics and DIY sounds BOOK NOW
4pm Friday 23 – 3pm Sunday 25 September 2022
Space Studio 1, Dartington Trust, South Devon
Residential: £399.00* | Non Residential: £285.00
Short Course bursaries are available – find out more here.
*Residential course fees include all vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions and includes private, simple accommodation with shared bathroom from supper on the day of your arrival through until the lunchtime before your departure. More info about accommodation can be found below.
About this course
Ubiquitous technologies invade our everyday space. And work, play, and creative endeavours are filtered through the prism of corporate technologies. At what point do we step back and question the use of such technologies and systems in our sound-making?
A two-day electronic music and sound art course exploring low-level electronics and DIY sounds. Participants will be able to explore sound at the fundamental level of wires, solder, electronic components and raw data. Through hands-on practical experiments and craft approaches, participants will be able to create their own sound-making objects and assemblages.
No prior knowledge needed. All ages, ability welcome. Tools and core materials will be provided.
The course will conclude with presentation of the works as a form of performance-installation, where the process of making (installing) and performance are explored concurrently. Indoor and outdoor spaces will be utilised.
Those who have taken the course in previous years will be able to build a sequencer for their Radical Nails and hack the code to create a new, versioned sound device.
You will take home all that you make.
A Manifesto for a Radical Chip Party
We will look at a number of primary building blocks that can be hacked, modified, adapted and personalised
We will make our sound-making objects self-sufficient, self-powered, self-amplified
We will find sound in materials and place
We will celebrate the handmade and craft approaches
We will explore mediated sound with minimal resources
We will learn skills in electronics, coding, design and performance
We will work both individually and collectively
Participants to bring:
- Wood off-cut (any size; or c. 12 x 12 cm) x2
- PP3 (9v) x1
- AAA x3
- Jack cable (optional)
No knowledge of electronics and coding needed. Skills and interests of participants should include:
- Sound art
- Performance art
- Electronic music
- Arts and craft
Participants will also need to be:
… virtuosity lies in the listening
John Richards explores Dirty Electronics focusing on shared experiences, social interaction and critical making. He is concerned with the performance of large-group electronic music and DIY electronics, and he has come to consider these activities as a holistic action. It is a fluid, live practice associated with the ideas of workshop-installation and performance-installation. His work pushes the boundaries between music, performance art, electronics, and graphic design and is transdisciplinary as well as having a social-political dimension. He has also written numerous texts on DIY practices, performance of electronic music, and object-orientated and material approaches in relation to sound art.
We recommend that if possible, you stay on-site during your course. All our courses are best experienced holistically: through working, relaxing, eating and staying with other course participants and tutors.
The residential course fee is based on staying in one of our hostel-style single rooms with shared facilities and easy access to the wider estate, the White Hart and the spaces in which you will be learning. They are the perfect base to rest your head, relax and recharge. You can find out more about the rooms here.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day – made with fresh, locally-sourced produce by our award-winning team – are included: one less thing to worry about during your stay.
Choose this option by selecting ‘residential’ at checkout (head to ‘Book now’, below).
the fine print
- Accommodation is available at a discounted rate for course attendees.
- Check-in for all rooms is from 3pm on the day of arrival.
- Check-out for all departures is 11am on the day of departure.
- Accommodation is booked on a first come, first served basis only.
- Mornings typically involve community work groups after breakfast, with the first teaching session starting at 10am.
- Lunch is between 1-2pm and supper is 6.30-7.30pm
- There will either be free time during the afternoon or the evening however please note some sessions may finish at 9.30pm (please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the timings of the course)
- Check-out for all departures is 11am on the day of departure (if travelling by public transport, luggage can be left at the Welcome Centre).
- Lunch and supper is included for non-residential participants
optional: upgrade to a courtyard room
It is also possible, subject to availability, to upgrade your accommodation to a single or double en-suite bedroom in our beautiful and historic courtyard. An upgrade to a single room with en-suite bathroom is an additional £25 per night and a double room with en-suite bathroom is an additional £40 per night.
If you would like to upgrade, please first book with residential option included, and then contact our Guest Services team on 01803 847101 or email email@example.com to check availability. Our Guest Services department is open daily, 8am–8pm.
Upgraded accommodation is booked on a first come, first served basis only.
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If you place a deposit, you will be contacted by us six weeks before the course start date to pay the outstanding balance. You will also be contacted with full details about the course before you arrive.
Please note that bookings for all our Short Courses close at midday on the Thursday before the course begins. This enables us to give you the best possible course experience and ensures all bookers receive the relevant course materials before they arrive.