A day of workshops, talks, performances, and exploring the wonders of music tech with some great professionals. Attendees learned how to build an instrument for themselves and so much more with:
Helen Steer of DO IT KITS
Helen is an educator, maker, entrepreneur and award-winning writer. She has worked in education for a decade and specialises in getting new technologies into the classroom in a fun, easy way. Helen was previously a director of the innovative education platform Explorer HQ, with whom she published six books for children and educators.
Dj and technology enthusiast with an affinity for unusual soundscapes. With over ten years of experience Adrian gained a degree in music production and DJ techniques from SSR in London. In 2016, he was awarded Mediaspec for his work. His performances have been seen by audiences at venues such as The Roundhouse in Camden and at various Hackoustic events.
Dr Matthew Yee King
Dr Matthew Yee-King is a senior research fellow at Goldsmiths College and a computer music composer, performer and researcher who has released his solo compositions on Warp and Rephlex records. He has a DPhil in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from Sussex University, wherein he investigated techniques and applications of automated sound synthesis. His musical work covers a range of styles, from the autonomous live improvisers and live coding techniques to electronic dance and listening music. Recently, Matthew’s software was featured on Jazz Line Up on BBC Radio 3, where it performed live, autonomously alongside British alto sax player Martin Speake at the Wellcome Trust. His pieces `Livecoding SuperCollider and alto flute’ (featuring Finn Peters) and `The Matthew Yee-King simulator’ (featuring a simulation of himself, Finn Peters and Paul Hession) were both included in recent annual anthologies from the Computer Music Journal. He is also a committed educator, and has developed online courses about creative coding and web development that have been taken by hundreds of thousands of students.
Tim Yates is a sound-artist and musician working in a variety of media from found objects to interactive software installations. He makes, builds and finds instruments of all kinds for performance and installation, most recently installing a 3.6m gong made from an industrial circular saw blade at the Tate Modern. He is a co-founder of Hackoustic.org, a group dedicated to hacking and experimenting with sound, and is the founder of the Carousel Collective. He performs experimental and free-improvisation gigs regularly in a variety of groups, including with his group YOAF and is part of the group that runs the Convivium concert series. He is a classically trained guitarist and holds a Masters degree in composition from the Royal College of Music.
A curator, producer and cultural manager, working at the forefront of digital culture. As Digital Programmes Manager at the V&A Irini is responsible for the annual Digital Design Weekend: a big-scale event of interactive installations, collaborative workshops, performances, creative electronics and talks. Irini is also Head of New Media Arts Development at Watermans, an arts organisation supporting artists working with technology, where she curates the exhibition programme and an annual Digital Performance festival, and she is also a co-founder of Maker Assembly, a critical gathering about maker cultures.
An experienced vocalist and performer creative coach and youth worker at Sound Connections and Wired4music
In conjunction with Wired4Music, Sound Connections, ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND and Livity
Our Day is a media company that specialises in inspiring young people to do amazing things. The brand name stands for celebration, the exchange of information, and the start of new chapters in life. From throwing hosting workshops, building brands and developing young talent we expand on our ethos throughout all business activity.
OPEN is a collective of accomplished young entrepreneurs & creatives that have teamed up with Livity to bring a week of live events, workshops, talks, displays and exhibitions to Brixton.
OPEN believes that many of the problems seen in today’s society are due to a lack of people being open to new experiences – people being stuck in their ways and unwilling/afraid to try something new. During this one - week takeover at the Brixton Pound Cafe, OPEN will create spaces for people to broaden their horizons, network, collaborate, share and converge their opinions, form new relationships and free trapped minds.
Gabrielle Chudi - PR/Social Media
Richard D'Costa - Photography + Videography