The second Scavengers of Calderdale club is on Tuesday 17 Oct, 5-6pm at the Big Tin Shed. Info here.
Watch the video from Scavengers at the Festival of Thrift last weekend here.
Scavengers workshops involve upcycling electronic waste for musical purposes. We take apart old computers and we find useful things, and then we learn how to easily and safely turn them into mechanical, acoustic and electromagnetic instruments that we use to make weird music. For longer projects we can finish with a live electroacoustic performance, using the upcycled instruments we have made.
Unmaking: Gentle Destruction
Screwdrivers in hand we will take apart old computers and other electronic junk. This is fun, we learn how things work, we get better at using tools, we help separate out toxic landfill waste from recyclable and valuable materials, but most importantly, we find TREASURE…
Making: build robotic instruments
With very simple components and a basic understanding of circuits we can use our computer guts to construct a few different noisy toys, including:
• Victorian Oscillators
• Auto Strummers
• Piezo contact microphones
• Backwards speakers as kick drums
• Backwards hard drives as bass generators
• LED lights, switches
We also try a few noisy experiments out:
• Nose Test; use your body as part of a circuit to conduct electricity.
• Bass Buzz; feel 1000 watts of bass vibrations with your fingers.
• Goop Test; make some cornflour dance like an alien blob with bass power.
Scavengers workshops can be structured for a classroom setting, or drop-in, where people can come and go. They are the culmination of ten years of Noisy Toys workshops in schools and at music and science festivals.