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808 Kick Drum Module

Participants will build a Paper-Synthesizer 808KD - Kick Drum Module, a Functional Clone of Tr-808 Bass Drum. PS808-RackVersion print.jpg DATE: November 3rd and 4th // 5pm – 9pm
MENTOR: Wolfgang Spahn
LOCATION: Ljudmila, Rimska 8, 1000 Ljubljana
APPLY: delavnica@ljudmila.org

Don't miss and audiovisual performance Entropie by Wolfgang Spahn on November 5th at Sonica Festival.

About the workshop

The sound of 808 bass drum is one of the most recognizable electronic instruments. It is The sound of 80´s hip hop and electro and one of the most cloned and copied electronic musical circuits of all time. Clever functionality of this particular circuit provides a good starting point for learning analog percussive sound synthesis.

This board is a functional clone of the circuit, using contemporary replacements for op-amps and transistors. The module has controls for Accent, Decay, Tone and Level, like in the original. It has a trigger input and a sound output with a jack connector and possibility to use external accent input. All the known modification points are marked in the paperboard.

The original circuit expects two different triggers, the actual trigger and the accent trigger, to arrive exactly at the same time and to be 1 ms long. To allow triggering with a button, we have to add in a small conditioning circuit. This makes it possible to also trigger the bass drum with another sound that has a strong and fast transient, for example hi-hat sound. it also can be triggered with any CMOS style triggers, for example with an Arduino. You can find a more detailed explanation on the modifications here.

Participants will also build a DC-DC 5V to 2x12V Power Converter Board with an USB charge.

About the mentor

Wolfgang Spahn is a visual artist based in Berlin. His work includes interactive installations, videos, projections, and miniature slide-paintings. After having studied mathematics and sociology in Regensburg and Berlin he founded the screen printing studio at Tacheles. He also managed various art projects e.g. Schokoladen Mitte and was one of the artists at Meinblau, Berlin. He currently teaches at the BBK-Berlin, Medienwerkstatt and is associated lecturer at the University of Paderborn, department of art.
International exhibitions (selection): 2000 Biennial of young Art in Genoa, Italy, 2003 The Kosovo Art Gallery in Pristina, Kosovo, 2005 Biennial in Prague, Czech Republic, 2008 and 2009 Internationales Klangkunstfest in Berlin, PIXEL09 and 10 in Bergen, Norway, 2010 Biennial Of Miniature Art in Serbia, 2010 Media-Scape in Zagreb, Croatia, 2012 Transmediale, Berlin



Contribution for two day workshop (8 hours) is 25€ and needs to be settled before the start of the workshop on site. All expenses for materials are included, workshop products remain in your possession. Workshop will be in English language, the number of participants is limited, so please apply/announce yourself to delavnica@ljudmila.org. No previous skills are needed. Newbies are welcome.

Art and education programme at Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory is supported by the Slovene Ministry of Culture (in the co-production with Zavod Projekt Atol), MOL – Department for Culture and Employment Service of Slovenia.

Workshop is part of Changing Weathers project, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

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