SoundBoxes Workshop With Derek Holzer: A Two Day Instrument Building Workshop

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th May
£55 per person for 2 day workshop BOOK NOW
12pm-5pm each day

Derek Holzer performs live at Unconscious Archives on Friday 22nd May. More info

Discover the hidden sonic qualities of objects from our everyday world in this hands-on workshop, combining the arts of electronics, noise, sculpture and collage. SoundBoxes are small, primitive electro-acoustic instruments built from a wooden box, a speaker, a small audio amplifier and a contact microphone. They can create a variety of drone and reverb-type sounds through feedback between the speaker and microphone, or they can bring out the hidden sounds found within everyday objects. They also have small touchpoints which can be used to produce a variety of “circuit bending” sounds.

Day one will focus on construction of the SoundBoxes, while day two will take the shape of improvisation and listening exercises. The workshop concludes with a group performance and an invitation to the audience to experiment with each of the instruments which have been created. Further information, videos and images can be found here.

Additionally, this workshop requires participants to bring the following items:
[1] One loudspeaker (new, second-hand or salvaged), or one old electronic device containing a functioning loudspeaker of decent size (approx 90mm/3.5″ or larger). The size of this loudspeaker will determine the tone and loudness of your instrument – bigger is usually better. Look in old radios, electronic clocks, hi-fi systems, boomboxes or car audio systems for your own unique speaker! Can also be purchased online or in store here.
[2] A cigar box or similar wooden box to create the instrument. The box should be big enough to hold your speaker, and the lid must not be thicker than 5mm/0.2″. A plastic box could work, but please NO METAL!
[3] A 9V battery.

Participants may also wish to bring their own found objects and images to create a unique audiovisual cabinet of curiosities. Some guitar effect pedals can also make the box more interesting. All other tools and materials will be provided.

Note: Please contact Sally at Unconscious Archives sally[at] if you are unsure of these items or have any difficulty sourcing them.


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