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Legendary drum machine and instrument designer Roger Linn is running an online workshop on Designing Physical Interactions for Music at Stanford University. And it’s open to anybody.

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CCRMA Summer Workshops

The course is part of Stanford’s CCRMA (Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics) Summer Workshops which also covers subjects such as Digital Audio Effects, Algorithmic Composition and Audiovisual Practices. Many of this year’s workshops are cancelled due to Covid-19 but ones that can be taught via Zoom are going ahead which also gives them an opportunity to offer them to a global base of students.

It seems remarkable perhaps that Designing Physical Interactions for Music can be taught remotely but that’s the plan.

Building instruments

The workshop takes place on 4 consecutive Tuesdays starting on the 30th June running from 9am to 4pm Pacific Standard Time. Lectures will be recorded to allow international students to view them in different time zones.

It’s intended for: Musicians or composers interested in exploring new possibilities in interactive music in a hands-on and technical way; Anyone looking to gain valuable skills in basic analog and digital electronics, with a focus on invention; OR Makers, engineers, computer scientists, or product designers interested in exploring artistic outlets for their talents and collaborating with performers and composers.

The aim will be to design and build working prototypes for performance and exhibitions. It will include examining modes and mappings in computer music, exercises in invention, and applications of sensors and electronics to real-time music.

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The cost of the workshop is $250 plus there will be a list of materials and tools that you may need to purchase. It will focus on simple prototyping tools like the Teesy micro-controller. There are no prerequisites.

It sounds completely fascinating and the opportunity to get to study with Roger Linn as a lecturer is pretty awesome along with composer and inventor Sasha Leitman. It starts at the end of the month so sign up now!

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