LEMUR Fall ClassesLEMUR's Fall Art & Technology classes start in September. All classes take place at LEMURplex, 461 3rd Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets, convenient to the F, G, M and R trains. To sign up or for more information, go to http://lemurplex.org/classes.html or call 718-576-1066.
Also, LEMUR has teamed up with Harvestworks in an additional move to expand educational opportunities in Art & Technology. Moving forward, we will be making you aware of Harvestworks' software-oriented classes (see the second half of this email), which complement LEMUR's hardware-oriented classes.
***The Mechanics of Robotics: Using Motors, Solenoids, and Other Devices in Kinetic and Robotic Art
Sat-Sun, Sept 15-16, 12:00-4:30 pm Instructor: Douglas Repetto A three session introduction to the wide world of motors and mechanical systems suitable for use in kinetic and robotic artworks. We'll cover the basic motor and solenoid types, including AC, simple DC, DC gearhead, stepper and hobby servo. We'll play with examples of each type of motor and talk about which ones are suitable where. We'll look at some basic mechanical parts and systems like shaft collars, slip rings, gears, belts, pulleys, etc. We'll also talk about sourcing components, creative reuse of found materials, material selection, building for durability, etc. This class will not go in depth on motor control or electronics but will mostly focus on the electro-mechanical side of robotics. Required materials: work clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, safety glasses Recommended materials: an old electro-mechanical device (printer, scanner, fax machine, blender, something that moves!) for sacrifices, charged 12v battery (~5 amp hours - email if you have questions about what to get), soldering iron, small hand tools (snips, screw drivers, etc) Cost: $300 *** Make Your Own Audio/Video Synth: Start Circuit Bending from Scratch Sat-Sun, Sept 22-23, 12:00-4:30 pm Instructors: Edward BearStarting with everything not to touch, burn, or smell, we will intuitively and creatively learn to re-purpose a variety of electronics as creative instruments. Some call it circuit bending, some call it hacking, some call it recycling. This two-day, experimentally-driven course will save you precious time tinkering, prevent unforeseen accidents, and turn a recycled DVD player into a custom A/V synthesizer. Even if you have never soldered before, a math free, observation-based analysis connects the dots between the smallest, simplest circuits and complex analogue and digital systems. We will find individual circuits that control radio waves, visible light, heat, sound and motion in VCRs, TVs, computers, printers, tape recorders, children's toys and video cameras. There will be numerous working demonstrations of all basic concepts centered around individual experiments.
Through the careful exploration and manipulation of live circuits, the class aims to produce finished products of unique design including motors and gears, optics and LEDs and additional sensors. We will spend time learning to troubleshoot and test creations. Safe and sturdy fabrication techniques will also be covered. Stability, ergonomics, playability and creativity are all emphasized. The varied and subtle environmental effects on device function after completion will be discussed. All equipment and materials provided, but feel free to bring your own things to open up.
Cost: $300 ***Building MIDI Music & Video Controllers: Creating a Sensor Instrument with MidiTron
Mon-Wed, Sept 24-26, 6:30-9:30 pm Instructor: Leif KrinkleImagine waving your hand and having an orchestra at your fingertips or tapping on a surface to explore a video archive. This is all possible through the use of MIDI and sensor-based technology. In three sessions, you will design and build a controller to create your art with the easy-to-use MidiTron interface (http://miditron.com).
Emphasis will be on hands-on learning. Basic electronics and Max/MSP/Jitter (http://cycling74.com/products/maxmsp) programming will also be covered. No previous knowledge of electronics, sensors or programming is assumed. Background information will be covered and the bulk of the class will be focused on building a working controller that you will take home and begin to create with. Examples of previous project ideas include a shoe that creates notes for each step and a glove that determines lighting cues in a theatrical performance. This is of interest to Artists, Musicians, Dancers, Actors, Engineers, Programmers, Lighting, Sound and Graphic Designers and others.
Cost: $495 including MidiTron & sensors *** Microcontroller Progamming for Artists: Introduction to the Arduino System Mon-Wed, Oct 1-3, 6:30-9:30 pm Instructor: Roberto Osorio-GoenagaHave you ever wanted to build a robot or an interactive art installation? Have you ever wondered how LEDs, sensors and motors work? Through collaborative exercises and the development of a final project you will learn how to program and prototype with an Arduino microcontroller (http://arduino.cc). This class is geared towards beginners, and no prior knowledge of electronics or programming is required.
This class will demonstrate programming and electronics basics through hands-on microcontroller projects. You will learn digital and analog input and output techniques for controlling motors and interpreting sensors, as well as the programming skills necessary to use these components effectively. We will also explore advanced concepts in interface, motion and display based on student interest. By the end of this class students will have a firm understanding of how microcontrollers, sensors and actuators work and how to utilize these tools in their own creative projects.
Cost: $375 including Arduino board & materials *** Fun With Fiberglass: Basic Composite Fabrication Date TBA (check http://lemurbots.org in Sept.) Instructor: Bob HuottLearn the skills and techniques used to build custom objects using fiberglass and epoxy. Students will get hands-on experience in various stages of the process, starting with sculpting a foam pattern, followed by glass lay-up and final finishing. Materials will include partially completed samples to work with so we can move between stages without waiting for epoxy to cure. Discussion will include ideas on how to integrate sensors, lighting or haptics into any project, and students are encouraged to bring their own project ideas to the class. Bob will also give a brief, inside-out tour of the Bean, his own composite sensor-based musical instrument.
Cost: $115 including materials =================== Harvestworks ClassesHarvestworks offers small personal classes in our newly designed classroom. Classes classes come with 8hrs of lab time in our computer lab. For inquiries or to sign up call Hans Tammen at 212-431-1130 ext 13.
=============================== MULTIMEDIA & VIDEO CLASSES =============================== INTRODUCTION TO FLASH ANIMATION Linda Post Mondays, Oct 8, 15, 22 - 6:30-9:30pm $325/$385Students will be guidedthrough the flash interface and learn how to create animation, add audio, basic interactivity, and publish animations for the web.
INTRODUCTION TO FINAL CUT PRO Lauren Petty A: Wednesdays, Oct 10, 17, 24 - 6:30-9:30pm B: Thursdays, Dec 6, 13, 20 - 6:30-9:30pm $325/$385This class will introduce you to the basics of desktop editing using Apple's Final Cut Pro Studio.
INTRODUCTION TO PODCASTING Marlon Barrios-Solano Fridays, Oct 19, 26 - 6:30-9:30pm $220/$285How to create a podcast, putting it online, and allow people to subscribe to it.
DYNAMIC WEBSITE TOOL KIT - WEB 2.0 FOR ARTISTS Marlon Barrios-Solano Fridays, Nov 30, Dec 7, 14 - 6:30-9:30pm $325/$385Participants of this workshop will learn to develop, integrate and maintain their own web site using open source digital tools and services available in the internet using blog-style systems capable of rich multimedia integration fed from different sites and services such as You Tube and Flickr.
DVD PRODUCTION Mark Read Mondays, Dec 3, 10, 17 - 6:30-9:30pm $325/$385 Learn the basics of DVD Production with Apple's powerful DVD Studio Pro. =============================== AUDIO CLASSES =============================== INTRODUCTION TO PROTOOLS Gisburg Smialek A: Tuesdays, Oct 9, 16, 23 - 6:30-9:30pm B: Wednesdays, Dec 5, 12, 19 - 6:30-9:30pm $325/$385This hands-on class explores the basics of sound editing using Digidesigns' ProTools 7.
INTRODUCTION TO SURROUND SOUND Paul Geluso Monday, Oct 22, - 6:30-9:30pm $110/$170From monitor setups to DVD authoring, a practical discussion of the software, production techniques and presentation strategies artists need to consider in multichannel sound production.
DESIGNING A CONTROL ROOM FOR YOUR AUDIO STUDIO Omid Bürgin Monday, Dec 3, 6:30 - 10:30pm Special Price: $50The Control Room Design lecture is build on sound acoustical principles, it also covers basic listening techniques.
SURROUND SOUND FOR ARTISTS Paul Geluso Tuesdays, Nov 27, Dec 4, 11 - 6:30-9:30pm $325/$385 + $160 Studio FeeIn this hands-on class students will explore multichannel sound on their own projects under the guidance of Harvestworks' Chief Engineer Paul Geluso. Includes 4hrs of lab time in our surround sound studio.
=============================== MAX/MSP/JITTER & INTERACTIVE CLASSES =============================== INTRODUCTION TO MAX/MSP Matthew Ostrowski A: Thursdays, Oct 11, 18, 25 and Nov 1 - 6:30-9:30pm B: Tuesdays, Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, 18 $430/$490This introductory course includes basic programming with Max, MIDI, control, user interfaces, timing objects, and scaling/mapping numbers.
INTERMEDIATE MAX/MSP FOR DJ/VJs Matthew Ostrowski Tuesdays, Nov 6, 13, 20 - 6:30-9:30pm $325/$385This course for students at an intermediate level will take the class through the creation of a basic DJ/VJ patch, with an emphasis on program architecture and assembling an efficient system.
LFOs IN MAX/MSP Peter McCullough Wednesday, Nov 7 - 6:30-9:30pm $110/$170Envelope followers and LFOs (low frequency oscillators) have a broad applicability for a range of processes from feedback delay to synthesis to granular sampling, and this class will discuss how to incorporate these processes into your patches.
INTRODUCTION TO JITTER Matthew Ostrowski Thursdays, Nov 8, 15, 29 - 6:30-9:30pm $325/$385The course will be in the format of a hands-on workshop to get Max users familiar with the Jitter object system.
SPATIALIZATION IN MAX/MSP Zachary Seldess Fridays, Nov 9, 16 - 6:30-9:30pm $220/$280This class will explore the design of performance and authoring tools for real-time multi-channel sound spatialization using Max/MSP/Jitter.
THE WII AS AN INTERFACE FOR PERFORMANCE AND INSTALLATION Curtis Bahn Saturday, Nov 10, noon - 6pm $220/$280This basic class will explore the popular Wii controller as an incredibly powerful physical interface for interactive performance, and as a tool for exploring more complex relationships mapped between media and the body.
FEEDBACK IN MAX/MSP - USING THE BEAST Peter McCullough Wednesday, Nov 14 - 6:30-9:30pm $110/$170Feedback is the dreaded enemy of live sound engineers and DSP programmers, but when properly controlled it also offers enormous potential for sound transformation.
FASTER PROGRAMMING IN MAX Adam Kendall Monday, Nov 19 - 6:30-9:30pm $110/$170This workshop focuses on techniques to save programming time, to make patches easier to reuse in mutliple projects.
MAX/MSP FOR JITTERISTS Zachary Seldess Wednesdays, Nov 21, 28 - 6:30-9:30pm $220/$280This class, intended for jitter artists, will explore various methods of using audio to drive, process, and generally mess with your jitter patches.
Please note that Harvestworks' students in this field are eligible for Cycling 74's educational discount on purchasing Max/MSP and Jitter.
=============================== CLASSES FOR TEENS =============================== MUSIC PRODUCTION CAMP FOR TEENS Gisburg Smialek Saturdays Oct 20 through Dec 15 (except Nov 24) - 10am-1pm $850 + $75 for the membershipStudents will spend 8 days in the recording studio - writing lyrics, performing or directing, playing, recording, editing, mixing and producing a CD or performance.
MAKING A MOVIE! - CAMP FOR TEENS Mark Read Saturdays and Sundays, Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 - 10am - 4pm Cost: $1000 + $75 for the membershipStudents will spend 3 weekends creating a movie - writing the script, filming the movie, and editing it onto a DVD.