Catalyst Arts will be UNDERCONSTRUCTION 1st – 24th April and would like to invite you to the events by one of the collectives: EARS

For all things that buzz, bleep or bloop…EARS is a collective operating out of the School Of Creative Arts at Queen’s University Belfast. Whether bending circuits, performing with laptops or out in the streets capturing the sounds of the city, EARS promote all things electronic and artistic, hosting events and workshops in and around Belfast since 2010.
EARS presents an opportunity to blur the boundaries between existing forms of electronic music making through a series of innovative workshops. Drawing on the “Beyond Soundscape” theme of this year’s Sonorities 2013 at Queen’s, workshop participants will learn how to build both physical and digital instruments, find new way to interact using them, and stage a public performance as result. In addition to engaging members of the public, the exhibition will also forge new connections between artists, improvisers and musicians at the Sonic Arts Research Centre who have yet to work together.
Saturday 6th April
10am – 5pm : Bend and Build Workshop
Develop your own playable musical device with circuit bender and instrument builder Barry Cullen. All materials provided, but feel bring additional toys or devices to break apart and play with. The instruments you produce will be used throughout the exhibition, but will be yours to take away at the end of April. 8 participants maximum. RSVP
Sandwiches and soft drinks provided
Wednesday 10th April
6.30pm – 9.30pm : SuperCollider Sound Design Workshop
Work with users of the SuperCollider open-source audio software environment to create code and sounds inspired by the physical instruments produced in the Bend and Build Workshop (see above). http://supercollider.sourceforge.net
Sunday 14th April
10am – 5pm : Collaborative Laptop Performance Workshop
Join Graham Booth to explore programming as musical performance using networked laptops and new software developed at the Sonic Arts Research Centre. The workshop will introduce some simple structures for live coding, as well as techniques for performing collaboratively over a local network. Participants will have the opportunity to perform in concert on 25th April (see below). Apple Mac laptop required. RSVP
Sandwiches and soft drinks provided
Wednesday 17th April
6pm – 9pm: Improvisation Workshop Part 1
Kevin McCullagh and Tullis Rennie invite you to explore the limits of the physical and digital instruments developed in the previous EARS workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to perform in concert on 25th April (see below). RSVP
Monday 22nd April
6pm – 10pm: Improvisation Workshop Part 2
Tullis Rennie and Graham Booth invite you to develop and participate in a live performance using laptop and physical devices. Rehearsal open to the public from 10pm. Participants will have the opportunity to perform in concert on 25th April (see below). RSVP
Thursday 25th April
9pm – 12pm : EARS @ Sonorities Concert
The results of the previous EARS workshops will be showcased as a public performance on the opening night of the Sonic Arts Research Centre’s Sonorities festival (http://www.sonorities.org.uk/). In addition, local artists and EARS members Katrina O’Kane (aka Kiani), Kevin McCullagh (aka Jan Jeffer) and Michael Spears will provide melodic electronica and wall-shaking bass with live drums. Venue: QUB Student Union (Bunatee Bar). Free entry.
To reserve a place for the workshops please contact Catalyst Arts at: catalystarts@gmail.com with your name, the workshops you would like to attend and the dates, thank you.
ALL THE WORKSHOPS APART FROM THE SONORITIES CONCERT WILL TAKE PLACE IN CATALYST ARTS: 5 College Court BT1 6BS, Belfast. More info on: http://www.catalystarts.org.uk


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