DIY instrument making in schools and in the community
education, training & workshops

Building on the techniques developed in action “DIY instrument making/hacking”, a pilot program will be implemented to schools in Greece and the UK.

The idea is to work with children and artists on the creation and use of new musical instruments demonstrating different ways into DIY culture or hacking. The premise is that children, who are actively involved in the creation of music, are more connected to and engaged with music and are more motivated to learn about the craft.

The project will involve artists who design new instruments, using digital technologies combined with traditional instrument building. The children will build their own instruments, working within the OCC / DMU experts where they learn more about digital fabrication and programming. After having made their instruments, they rehearse and compose new music together. And of course they perform their work for parents, teacher and others.

This project closely relates to Interfaces’s other educational projects which are based on the idea of 'learning by doing' and working on modern digital literacy. This project is a chance to research these educational principles in collaboration with artists, combining digital and technical skills with creativity and art work, it is ideally suited to the Interfaces consortium.

List of Workshops:

Electro-Cricket, 26 July 2017

Phoenix Square Art Centre, Leicester

A free event aimed at children and families, Electro-Cricket allowed participants to make complex beats, rhythms, pops, clicks and chirps with a DIY musical instrument. Working together, an orchestra of ‘relay-based oscillators’ were created, using everyday objects to amplify and change the sound of the instrument.

Media: Motor Music @ Creat-a-con 2017

Queen’s Building, De Montfort University

In October 2017, members of Dirty Electronics (John Richards and Jim Frize) provided a drop-in workshop on Motor Music: hand-cranked synthesisers and noisemakers, powered by kinetic energy!

All ages were welcomed, with children as young at seven engaging with the various instruments that John and Jim brought along.

24 April 2018 at Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Nicosia-Cyprus

“DIY Electronics” with John Richards

This workshop addressed high school and lyceum students, set out to present a sequence of units examining improvised music and introducing students to ways of assembling, making and playing musical instruments. The workshop closed with a concert performed by the participants themselves.

More workshops will be announced soon in the UK & Greece.

September 2017 - May 2019
organised by:
De Montfort University

Onassis Cultural Centre

Katydid Phase, Electro-Crickets and DIY Music

Katydid Phase, Electro-Crickets and DIY Music