[May 12-13] CTW: {almost} Free Radio Stations: Building the radioOrgan by Ed Bear

The workshop will cover the basics of running a low-power radio station for art and fun, from the circuitry to the legal limits. At the conclusion of this two hour workshop every participant will have one hacked iTrip transmitter which is secretly a synthesizer!!!

This workshop requires no previous experience with programming, electronics, audio, or radio

4:30 – 6:30, Saturday, May 13th 2017

The Knockdown Center 52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, NY 11378

Workshop Description

Surplus and discarded electronics are ubiquitous and ripe with creative applications. Griffin Electronics’ iTrip, for example, happens to be a compact, programmable radio station. The rapid versioning of Apple products and the company’s restrictive accessory policies have left almost every iteration of the iTrip obsolete and very cheap!

This workshop is the first in a multi-part curriculum which develops the radioOrgan platform that redesigns the iTrip as creative and educational experiences.  Material and tools presented in workshops later this summer will connect the iTrip to Ableton Live, Max/MXP, Processing, Unity3D, and more.

Suggested donation for materials: $20


Ed Bear [b. 1983] is an American performing artist and engineer working with robotics, sound, video, transmission and collective improvisation. As an educator and designer committed to an open source world, he researches and practices material reuse as a civil responsibility.

Since receiving his B.S. In Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, Ed Bear has provided freelance design, manufacturing and engineering services to start-ups, acclaimed artists and musicians, film and theater productions, and leading education institutions. As a research specialist at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he investigated technology-neutral, commercially viable solutions to dimming and control of emerging solid state lighting systems for multiple markets with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Alliance for Solid-State Illumination Systems and Technologies. He is currently working with littleBits, Inc. to revolutionize modular electronics.

He has toured extensively in North America and Europe as a performer and teacher, working with organizations such as The Mattress Factory, The Montreal Pop Festival, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Moogfest. In 2009 and 2010 he received National Science Foundation and other funds to study e-waste streams as educational resources, software defined radio, and energy harvesting. He is a 2017 Signal Culture Toolmaker-in-residence, a 2017 Harvestworks EARS , a 2016 Unit 11, 2015 WaveFarm, and 2012 LMCC SwingSpace artist-in-residence, 2010 free103point9 AIRtime fellow and received the 2008 Roulette Emerging Composer Commission. His music is available on Peira, Azul Discographica, Ever/Never, Roar Tapes, and several other record labels.




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