Ptarmigan operated in Tallinn from 2011-2014. This website exists as an archive of its activities during this time. We no longer maintain any presence in Tallinn, but some people involved with Ptarmigan are now operating Temporary in Helsinki.
Fast Food for Ears is an introduction into the world of building your own DIY synths, making contact microphones and having fun with CMOS chips. The workshop will be conducted in three hours. The workshop is for a maximum of 8 people. Previous knownledge of electronics is not required. There is a small fee for the materials, depending on what you make: synth kit prices begin at 5€.
The workshop ends at 18:00; at 20:00 will be a concert where workshop participants are encouraged to demonstrate their creations and perform.
During the workshop three different stages of a circuit will be presented:
Participants will build the circuit first on the breadboard. After that they are encouraged to experiment with the circuits, listening to the differences between components (resistors, capacitors etc.).
Projects include: Preamp, making a contact microphone, nand synth, simple matrix synth.
About workshop tutors:
Dennis Tan is a Singaporean sound artist living and working in Bremen, Germany. As a sound artist, he makes sound installations which are both sculptural and compositional. He has also written graphical notations for musicians or none musicians alike.
Jukka Hautamäki is media artist living and working in Helsinki, Finland. He is founding member of Turku based experimental electronics association Kokomys. Hautamäki has organised sound art and electronics workshops and lectures in Finland, Germany and France.