Mammoth Beat Organ workshop and demo, London

On Saturday 15th December, me and Sam Underwood will run a workshop (3pm) and a demo (7:30pm) with the Mammoth Beat Organ, both at Iklektik in London. Info on both below.

Hack the Mammoth Beat Organ
Sat, 15th Dec 2018 @ 15:00 – 17:00
Iklektik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Ln, London SE1 7LG

Join us for the first ever opportunity to hack Sam Underwood and Graham Dunning’s amazing music machine the Mammoth Beat Organ, a modular, mechanical music contraption. Designed as a two-player, semi-autonomous musical instrument, it plays unusual, sometimes erratic compositions drawing on drone music, minimalist repetition and fairground organ techniques.

In this two hour workshop, participants are invited to get up close to the machine and experiment with some of the mechanical sound-making modules: the Rhythm Unit, which plays beats via hot-swappable cams; the Wind Sequencer, which sends blown air down a series of tubes depending on a chosen sequence; and the Wheel Unit which runs a tombola, a record player and an intonamouri.

Having become familiar with the system and how it works, participants are invited to make and hack some DIY instruments to use on the machine: shakers, pipes, whistles, rollers, beaters and fog horns. Furthermore, the workshop is an opportunity to test new ideas on the setup, and help us explore new possibilities we might not have considered.

A wide selection of materials and tools will be available for use, and you’re invited to bring along anything else you want to test out on the machine. We’ll end the session with an open improvisation using all the new bits and bobs on the Mammoth Beat Organ.

Hackoustic Christmas Party 2018
Sat, 15th Dec 2018 @ 19:30 – 23:00
Iklektik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Ln, London SE1 7LG

It’s that time of year again – log fires burning, Christmas pudding in the oven and rampant commercialism taking over your consciousness. Give yourself a break from the madness and join us at our annual Christmas party!

We have an incredible lineup – absolutely not to be missed.

Robert is a composer and technologist who’s worked with Massive Attack, Hans Zimmer and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra among many others. He’ll be talking about adaptive systems, algorithmic, generative, stochastic composition, procedural generation and machine learning/artificial intelligence and sharing his experience of working on some of the largest and most exciting projects out there.

Graham Dunning and Sam Underwood will demoing their two-player, semi-autonomous mechanical musical contraption the Mammoth Beat Organ for the first time in London. Check out this How Do They Make It !? video for a preview of this amazing machine. Sam and Graham will also be running a workshop in the afternoon where you’ll have a chance to hack the organ for yourself. Tickets for that will be released soon so keep your eyes on our social channels.

Alessia will present her project Aural Fabric fresh from Ars Electronica 2018. The installation is an interactive textile map that reveals the sonic character of the architectural and natural elements encountered during a soundwalk of Greenwich, London.

Andrew will be premiering his brand new and interactive Water Bowl Piano. Some of you may remember his installation Kinetic Tones from previous Hackoustic events and we can’t wait to see his latest work!


The Hackoustic Orchestra will make it’s return – expect to be astonished by a musical extravaganza the like of which has never been seen :)
Instrument building with Vulpestruments and Tim Yates
The wonderful #BarrysLounge, our resident DJ and Design Thinker!

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