The next Scavengers of Calderdale club is on Wednesday 31 January, 5-6pm at the Big Tin Shed.Info here.
Scavengers workshops involve upcycling electronic waste and hacking some retro games. 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 and build our own arcade games consoles. This can be a fun and accessible route into coding and more advanced electronics skills.
Watch the video from Scavengers at the Festival of Thrift 23-24 September here.
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.