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Nanotopian Bio Module workshop!

Build your own portable Nanotopian MIDI Bio-Sonification Module to record and play-back Bio-Data from nature. 

Tuesday evening, December 3rd, 6:30pm start.  Module  kits  are  $45/pp for  registered  workshop  participants.  Workshop is  $50/pp

Registered participants can purchase their kit the day of the workshop or pay for their module in advance.

Reserve your seat soon, seats/kits sell out fast!


Collaborate sonically with the non-human organisms around you.
Workshop participants receive step by step guidance putting together their Modules and help in understanding how the device works.
This workshop will also cover Creating your own Custom Touch-Pads! Participants will create 1 or 2 touch pad/plates they can use to collect bio-data,  trigger sequencers,  and more! Details included upon registration.

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of soldering is very important. Here is a link to the Mighty Ohm’s, fullsoldercomic_en

The MIDI Bio-Sonification modules require MIDI connectors (Midi In to the Module).
Musical (instrument) shops sell them or check out Amazon, Moog Audio, Long and McQuade, etc
iConnectivity is great! They offer a package with both USB and Lightening connectors. Non-iPhone/Pad users can use a USB adaptor.
Here are some links for you to check and the Ableton LIVE 30-day trial link. We work with Ableton (have since its beginning) this is why we recommend it but there are other music production/editing apps out there!
Animoog is awesome and amazing and costs $29.99 through the app store: https://www.moogmusic.com/products/animoog
PropellorheadReason Compact Free: https://www.propellerheads.com/reason-compact
AudioKit-Synth Onehttps://audiokitpro.com/synth/
Android synth apps

“Bio-sonification,” basically means using technology to turn the bio-rhythms of living organisms into sound.

Biodata Sonification is a process to translate complex real-time sensor data into musical notes and controls, exploring the auditory sensory modality to provide insights into invisible phenomenon.

The Open Source Biodata-Sonification Modules were originally designed and created by Engineer, Sam Cusumano. Visit Sam’s biodata forum over at electricity for progress http://electricityforprogress.com Plus, Sam sells a bunch of super cool electronic kits, boards and more!

Mycelium to Midi with the Mushroom Music Bio-Sonification Module!

March 23/30 1pm-4pm Build your own Nanotopian MIDI Bio-Sonification Module and start listening to the biology around you! Advance enrollment is required to secure your kit! Register through InterAccess. 

This workshop is taking place at InterAccess

Collaborate sonically with the non-human organisms around you. Next time you go on a picnic bring along your Mushroom Music Bio-sonification Module & listen to the sounds of the forest, how it responds to your presence then, place the electrodes onto your friends or hook up your houseplant and see how it really feels!
Participants receive step by step guidance putting together their own Mushroom Music Bio-Sonification Module kit and help in understanding how the device works. Once kits are built participants are shown how to change Midi scales/channels, LED brightness and more with Arduino. We will discuss MIDI and how it works.
Last half of the workshop participants place electrodes onto plants, fungi, themselves or each other and listen to their Bio-data through Ableton Live, Animoog, Model 15 (or similar digital music apps and analogue synths) creating a Bio-Sonification Symphony!

Various plants, soil and Mycelium will be available during the workshop for
participants to place their electrodes onto along with iConnectivity Midi to USB/Lightning connectors for participants to try out different instruments/software; Ableton, Animoog on iPad, Model 15 (on iPhone & iPad), Moog Mother32s, Make Noise NoCoast, etc. Other possibilities are shown and discussed, for instance, Ableton Max/MSP Midi video disruption!

Each participant receives their very own Mushroom Music Bio-Sonification Module kit, a Module container file that they can 3D print offsite and a lo-tech version we will put together during the workshop, a set of electrodes and electrode pads or electrode clips (participants can choose during the workshop). The Mushroom Music Bio-Sonification Modules were created by Tosca Teran with the assistance of Manuel Domke and Sam Cusumano!

Prerequisite? Using a soldering iron is super helpful as we will be soldering electrical components to circuit boards (We will also show people how-to). Some Ableton Live knowledge is helpful, but not necessary!
Please bring along one (or both) of the following: a laptop with Ableton live installed or Smartphone or iPad with the Animoog app or Model 15 app installed or Mini Moog Model D!  Please bring headphones.
Try Live for free (30 day trial) https://www.ableton.com/en/trial/

USB/Lightning connectors by iConnectivity will be available for participants to try out with their iPads/iPhones/Androids (and purchase) or purchase ahead of class through Moog Audio!



CV Sundays at nanopod studio

Noise enthusiasts, Moog enthusiasts, eurorack enthusiasts, and general sound making enthusiasts! nanopod: Hybrid Studio is starting up a thing.

CV Sundays BYOA (bring your own amp)

Our Mother 96, DFAM, Make Noise and other modular devices and sound makers will be set-up.
Bring your gear, share a patch + learn a patch!

We intend to hold CV Sunday BYOA once a month at the studio and see what blossoms.

Special guests will be invited to demo their patches, sound experiments and the like.

CV Sundays are free, however space is limited
in the future we may require people to RSVP.

Hope to see you there!

Link takes you to our Google Calendar, where you can add CV Sundays to your own calendar.

BYOA: we have limited speakers, amp (singular for now), so please feel free to bring over your own large or small speakers.