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Weekend preview: The RAW & The COOKED

Two days of synth-building and coding in London

2018 Sep 24     
2 Bit Thugs

"New adventures in music creativity" at Cafe 1001 on Brick Lane

This weekend (Friday 28 and Saturday 29 September) sees a new two-day festival of music, technology and creativity coming to Cafe 1001 on London's Brick Lane.

The RAW and The COOKED is hosted by The Media & Arts Technology Centre for Doctoral Training at Queen Mary University of London, and will feature practical workshops and demonstrations of live coding and DIY instrument and modular synth building. There are daytime workshops for everyone from complete novices to experts, and two evenings of live perfomances in a club-like setting.

On Friday, The RAW will focus on live coding and code-based approaches to the real time creation of sound and image. During the daytime, there will be live coding workshops for beginners, while experienced users will be able to build on existing skills, branch out into new applications and develop a greater understanding of the craft. In the evening, there'll be a live coded audio-visual spectacular featuring performances from some of the UK's leading lights in AV coded performance.

On Saturday, The COOKED will look at DIY instrument and modular synth building, featuring hands-on workshops where you can make and develop a musical instrument or synth module. The Bela team will guide people through the process of using their single-board computer to make low-latency interactive prototypes, while Rob Spencer from GMSN! will be on site to supervise the construction of one of their newest Eurorack modules. That'll be followed by a night of live electronic performances.

Tickets for the event are available now, priced £15+BF for a weekend pass (£10+BF concessions). For full details, see the festival website.





Tags: synth-building, coding, modular synths, modular synthesis, DIY instruments