Mechanical Techno workshop, Edinburgh

Hack old records into a physical sequencer and create an inimitable techno track with artist Graham Dunning

About this Event

Workshop Details

Fri, 13 December 2019, 15:00 – 17:00 GMT

Custom House Leith
65-67 Commercial Street
Leith, Edinburgh

Tickets: £27.54 via eventbright.

Graham Dunning’s unique approach to music-making, which he describes as, ‘Mechanical Techno’ involves hacking old records, building a physical sequencer triggering modular synths.

Following a demonstration of the workings of the mechanical techno setup, participants will make three different types of modified record, each making rhythmical sounds in a different way. Live samples from second-hand vinyl; patterned disks that optically trigger a bass-synth; and pegged-out records for sequenced drum beats.

Finally, each set of three disks will be combined in the tower to create a playable machine-composition.

Participants take away a digital recording of their track and keep any records they’ve made (or ruined).

“If the trend in recent dance music has been to artfully engineer a certain wonkiness into an otherwise strict digital framework, Dunning has found the appeal of the precise reverse: struggling to maintain grid-like rigidity in a system inherently antagonistic to it.” – Wire Magazine, August 2015

Additional Info

You’ll need to bring three old records. Keep your eyes peeled and peek into charity shop windows where you can often find cheap ones. Any style of music/sound content on the record will work; classical, dance, spoken word etc. all produce interesting results. They must be 12-inch records though, so no singles or 45’s! Also, please don’t bring your prized first pressing Beatles cuts! The records themselves will get ruined!

We will however also have a selection of records at the Lab too so if you struggle to find any yourself we will have some going spare. The hacked records will be used as part of the system you’re going to build, but will also be visually pleasing souvenirs .

Ages: 16+

About the Tinderbox Lab

Tinderbox Lab is the new digital arm of the Tinderbox Collective; a shared-studio space bringing together artists across disciplines with an interest in digital media and interactive technologies. We do workshops, drop-in sessions, residencies and loads more!

Location: Tinderbox Lab is in Custom House. For access please come to the front steps/foyer of the building and ring the buzzer marked Tinderbox. Custom House also has level access which we can arrange

** If the price of the ticket is prohibitive and you would otherwise like to come, please get in touch with us (, and we can sort you out with a reserved place.b

2 thoughts on “Mechanical Techno workshop, Edinburgh

  1. Hi G,

    Hope all is well. Can you please let me know how much this type of workshop would cost to put on? Want to see if we can do this in Harrow and plan for next year.

    Much love and will be working on something new over the holidays :)

    Poulomi x

    Poulomi Desai Artistic Director Usurp Art 0208 426 6264 07956 817038 Charity no: 1183720



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