Noisy Toys EventsNoisy Toys can be found at public events throughout the UK, see below for a list of upcoming events.

If you are hosting your own event and would like Noisy Toys to come along get in touch. We have different options for large busy festivals, community festivals, birthday parties or any other kind of event. You decide on the balance between entertainment and education but be aware: we always include plenty of both…

Scavengers club 28 Feb 5-6pm

28th February 2018


Big Tin Shed, Unit 7 Victoria Works, Victoria Road, HX7 8LN, Hebden Bridge

Post-apocalyptic skills for youngsters!

Attention Scavengers: we need more junk
Yes please: PC towers, radios, power tools, old technology, anything battery-powered with a speaker.
No thanks: anything with screens (no laptops or pads)
Anything that doesn’t have a screen or is highly radioactive is worth a pop.

Watch the video of Scavengers at the Festival of Thrift here.

Please email with the title ‘Scavengers’ if you want to be kept updated.

31 January 2018 (Wednesday) 5-6pm
Big Tin Shed, Unit 7 Victoria Works, Victoria Road, HX7 8LN, Hebden Bridge
It’s the last unit but one on the left right at the end of Victoria road. If you end up in the river, you have gone too far. Big roller-shutter door, ‘Big Tin Shed’ sign over the door. 2 doors down from Handmade Parade.

5-6pm: drop-in
Recommended ages: 8+ (under 12s must be accompanied. Exceptions can be made for accompanied under 8s if you check with us first).
£2 donation
Both workshop leaders have enhanced DBS disclosure and are happy to show the certificates on request.
No booking required, just turn up.

Scavengers is all about up-cycling: making new things out of junk. Like Wombles*. This session is led by Steve Summers (Noisy Toys) and Mick Chesterman (EdLab) and will focus on Un-Making electronic things and Making things that make Noise. Like Techno Wombles**.
* Please refer to Wikipedia if you are younger than 35
** Please refer to you imagination

What will we be doing?
– Un-Making: Screwdrivers in hand we will demolish old electronic junk and scavenge any useful bits from their innards.
– Making: Find out how to easily make some Robotic Noise Instruments from freely available computer guts.
– Playing: Make your own Video Arcade Console from recycled materials to play retro games.
– Innovating: Make/experiment with anything you like! We have lots of resources here.
– Noise: Have a bit of a Noise Jam to finish if we feel like it.

We have everything you need but feel free to bring you own tools and junk.
Parents are welcome to stay for the workshop, join in, or just have a cup of tea in the space, or leave and come back if their child seems happy. The workshop will involve the use of screwdrivers to take apart junk, which may be dusty and have sharp edges inside. We will supervise the activity and demonstrate safe practice but minor cuts are possible. Please do not take part in the un-making if this is a terrifying prospect for you or your child.

For more information and to receive information about more scavenger workshops please contact with the subject ‘SCAVENGERS’ (occasional emails, only for this).


28 Feb- Pure Data Patching Circle Hebden Bridge (PdPcHb)

28th February 2018

19:00 - 21:00

Big Tin Shed, Unit 7 Victoria Works, Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8LN

Pure Data Patching Circle Hebden Bridge (PdPcHb) – Bi-Weekly
Big Tin Shed, Unit 7 Victoria Works, Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8LN
It’s the last unit but one on the left right at the end of Victoria road. If you end up in the river, you have gone too far. Big roller-shutter door, ‘Big Tin Shed’ sign over the door. 2 doors down from Handmade Parade.

Library of modular synthesis patches for PD:

Patching Circles are local communities interested in the programming language Pure Data (Pd). These are open and inclusive spaces where those interested in exploring interactive multimedia through Pd, come together to share, learn, demonstrate and code (‘patching’ in Pd-speak). Though we will be running tuition (mainly for audio production and performance) there’s no expectations or rigid structure to follow – it is “a room full of people patching and helping other people patch”. There are around a half dozen patching circles currently active around the world, most often in large cities. Rather than DIY this is DIWO (do it with others), often recognised as the most helpful environment for most people to learn coding skills.

Pure Data (Pd) is a free open source visual programming environment that runs on anything from personal computers to embedded devices (ie Raspberry Pi). Pd enables musicians, visual artists, performers, researchers, and developers to create software graphically without writing lines of code. Pd can be used to process and generate sound, video, 2D/3D graphics, and interface sensors, input devices, and MIDI. Pd can easily work over local and remote networks to integrate wearable technology, motor systems, lighting rigs, and other equipment. It is suitable for learning basic multimedia processing and visual programming methods as well as for realizing complex systems for large-scale projects.

Getting Started

If you haven’t already, please install Pd for your O.S. from this site:

Miller Puckette’s homepage:

For general info the Pd community page is a useful resource:

As is the Pd mailing list:

Finally (and probably most usefully), the Pd forum is stuffed full of help and example patches for a huge range of topics, with an active and friendly community of users:

I bring a speaker and 8 channel mixer. Be great if you could bring an audio cable ending in a regular jack connection to plug into the mixer (if you want to make sound), plus whatever else you require for your setup.

We currently don’t have a projector/large screen, so some kind of screen for your setup is a must (laptop probably easiest).

Pd-Extended(PdE) is now unsupported (since 2014), please make use of the newer versions of the program.
Most libraries from PdE are now available via the built-in ‘Deken’ package manager.

A few examples of some of the endless things you can do with Pd:

Solenoid Concert (Roman Haefeli)

SpeedPitch (Dan Wilcox)
(Pd running on a phone)

Complex Meshes (Miguel Chevalier – code by Cyrille Henry & Antoine Villeret)
(ceiling visuals in Pd – that’s some gaff btw:)

Finally, a clip from PdCon2016 (NYC) featuring some of the work presented:

About Me
I’m a composer, performer and academic hoping to build a network of local Pd tinkerers.
Though happy to help those new or inexperienced with Pd by leading more formal sessions,
I hope that we, PdPcHb’s usergroup, can construct an environment that recognises all our interests.
As Miller Puckette (the author of Pd) once said, “let’s build it and see what it does”.

Contact for further info:
mail [at] julian brooks [dot] net
(all one word of course)

Huge thanks to Noisy Toys for hosting.

Hope to see you there…

8 March- Lates at Media Museum: Bass Fest

8th March 2018

6:30 - 9:30

Science & Media Museum, Bradford

Taking the Bass Buzz to the next level with several bass generators connected to several powerful bass speaker drivers throwing a variety of small objects (and bass vibrations) around. Spin some hacked hard drives, tweak some signal generators and bathe in bass! We will also try some water-based cymatics for beautiful wave patterns.

Acousatron at the Big Bang Fair March 2018

14th March 2018

17th March 2018


Play the Acousatron…

9-15 April – Eureka! Halifax, Nose Testing & Bass Buzz

9th April 2018

15th April 2018

11am-3pm daily

Eureka! Discovery Rd, Halifax HX1 2NE

The Audio Assault Buggy and the Bass Station will be parked up and we are offering free Nose Testing, Bass Buzzing, Dancing Goop animating (as-in bringing to life, rather than stop-frame…) and many other noisy, messy activities and shows all week.

27-28 April – Maker Faire UK, Newcastle; Buggy & Bass

27th April 2018

28th April 2018

Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4EP

Back to our favourite Toon with the Audio Assault Buggy and Bass in your Face shows.

26 June – Big Bang Yorkshire & Humber, Bass in Your Face

26th June 2018

Come and see the explosiviely loud and dangerous Bass in Your Face stageshow and have a go at some drop-in activities running all day, where you can make your own Noisy inventions out of computer guts.

10 July – Audio Assault Buggy, Big Bang North West

10th July 2018

Back again to test noses, carrots, miscalaneous things that other stalls have given away, and to generally run amok in the largest regional Big Bang event in the country.

22-23 Sept – Festival of Thrift, Redcar, Middlesbrough; Scavengers workshops

22nd September 2018

23rd September 2018

Kirkleatham, Redcar, TS10 5NW

We will be returning to the fantastic Festival of Thrift with more Scavenging creation/destruction!