Maker Faire was AWESOME!!
Thanks to the organisers and everyone that came along on the day and took part, we had lots of fun.
Clever crafts, inventive gadgets, homemade products and unusual works of art will be on display in the Science Gallery this weekend as the Dublin Mini Maker Faire showcases the work of tech enthusiasts, crafters, artists, hobbyists, science clubs and students to more than 5,000 visitors.
Works to be exhibited include a giant tape deck by art collective A4 Sounds, an open-source home automation system from the Bedroom Laboratory, and a pair of wireless force-sensitive Irish dancing shoes created by David McKeown and Mick Donegan.
Full article by Elaine Burke here.
Our Hong Kong Captain is in Dublin for the week!! We are preparing our records for you to make your own for Maker Faire on Sat!! Come along between 10am and 5pm and have a go on our Giant Tape Deck!
We will do it again with sillier visuals for our next fundraiser. Thanks to Maeve Brosnan and Lisa Crowne we have lots of brightly coloured and glittered T.VS ready to go!!
Thanks again to Wolfgang NoesArt; Pauliina Jokenin, Maeve Brosnan, Donal Holland and Lisa Crowne for putting together the animations. I think you will agree you can’t tell who works in the industry and those that maybe just winged it the week before!!
Special Thanks to everyone that sent us wolf images
Grainne Mc Hale
Sarah Mix Tapes
Finn Williamson and The Hong Kong Wolfgang
If you didn’t come along but would still like to help us out you can make donation here or pick up some merch over at our shop!! Donations over 20 euro will recieve a signed A3 Screen-print by one of our Artists!
If you’d like to take part in more A4 Sounds Projects we have one running at the minute; A4 Warped Records: Help Us Build The Biggest Record Collection Ever
A4 Sounds are now a record label of sorts! A4 Warped Records.
A4 members Lisa Crowne and Andy Edgar have been working on a project over the last few months and now they want you to take part. In March they built a GIANT Tape Deck made from lots of recycled materials; cardbaord, wood, tape player, old cassettes, bicycle and plumbing parts. Lisa with a few A4ers will be showcasing the Tape Deck at Dublin Mini Maker Faire this Sat 27th July.
Now we want you to get involved and make this a fully participatory project. Over the next year we are aiming to build the biggest record collection to accompany our giant record player. We want you to send us Band Names and album titles around the idea of DIY, building and making art, all nighters before an art show, the tears, the materials used e.g Plaster of Paris and the Bandages, Casting Doubt or The Cardboard Boxes, Against the Rain. You get the idea. We have full faith you can do better than this!
We also invite people to design record sleeves and we will turn them into 36 inch records and covers. You can download pdfs of the logos by clicking on the images below;
We’ll be posting more about this soon. But for now you can add band names and album titles to the comments below or to our event page on facebook.
We have a number of studio spaces available at A4 Towers to suitable candidates starting from 50 euro per month including bills. We welcome applications from a wide range of artists. Our current members work in the fields of Fine Art, Design, Illustration, Engineering, Education, Electronics, Music and Socially Engaged Art.
If you would like to apply please send an expression of interest and some examples of your work or links to websites to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A4 Towers Weekday Membership – 50 euro per month
A4 Towers Weekend Membership – 50 euro per month
A4 Towers Week Membership – 100 euro per month
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Our lovely Killian Redmonk and Shane Mc Kenna, Trevor Finnegan and Brian-Michael Thornton of DabbledooMusic have a Fund:it project at the minute to create an interactive website to help schools, teachers, community groups and parents make music with children. Their approach is hands on, collaborative and fun so we at A4 Sounds are extremely excited and very much encourage you to support them if they can.
“At DabbledooMusic we are all about music. Music for listening, music for dancing, music for playing and music for working. Music for collaboration, creativity and music learning. DabbledooMusic aims to encourage more music making for children in the classroom and at home by creating a new system of online, interactive music education.
Dabbledoomusic is a multimedia musical experience for young music makers, combining words, illustration, sound, performance and animation.The project is the result of a collaboration between music maker Shane Mc Kenna and visual artist Killian Redmonk with help from graphic designer Trevor Finnegan and tech whiz Brian Michael Thornton. It aims to make music more accessible and fun for children and teachers alike, through free online musical activities.
Dabbledoomusic uses a unique system of colour-coded, animated musical notation. Unlike conventional notation this system is designed to encourage people of all musical backgrounds and levels of experience to participate through collaborative performance and composition.
The next step in making this system accessible and engaging for all users is to create a new website to replace the blog which now exists. The new resources will be fully interactive so that teachers and children in schools can create and compose their own animated musical scores for listening and performing. The website will remain free for all users.
The funding will go towards:
– Designing and creating a new range of interactive audio-visual content.
– Optimizing the website for use with interactive whiteboards in schools.
– Testing the new content in schools with children and teachers.
– Hosting website and online network for teachers and students to record and share compositions and performances.
We are looking for your contribution to help our team create new and innovative online resources for music education in Ireland and around the world. We believe this is the most effective and relevant way to teach music in primary schools and with your help its about to get even better.
The money raised will go directly to the design and construction of the new website and the creation of interactive resources.
This project is one which we are fully committed to and your contributions will be used with our full effort and our thanks.”
Thanks to everyone that has submitted photographs to Matt’s Portrait Project already. For those that still want the final deadline is 20th July.
If you missed the first call out’ Matt is looking for people to email him an interesting photograph of themselves, from any angle or in any position. He is aiming for 100 images in total which he will then draw, ink or paint in a range of style which will be exhibited in September. Sales from the exhibition will be in aid of the A4 Sounds Studio in Harold’s Cross.
“I’m going to spend 30 seconds on some, maybe an hour on others so hopefully there will be a fairly wide spectrum. Some of them might actually be alright, a lot of them will more than likely be dodgy as fuck. Buts that’s grand.”
Rules for submissions;
No crap selfies please.
No pictures of you scoring a goal for your local Under11′s team, taken by your dad, you get the idea.
A picture you took especially for this project, sitting down, standing up, profile, whatever you think really.
You can email photos to email@example.com.