The Headphone Clinic

22904813_1667968066555525_6408790659845032302_o(1).jpgThe Headphone Clinic: A casual Sunday afternoon experimental audio and collaborative soundscaping experience.

Beanbags to lounge on, and tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Something a little different in the sphere of hands-on participatory audio experimentation. Think ambient – soundscapes – experimental – handmade electronic music – collaborative performances – followed by live sets from invited guests.

Cost?
€10
Tickets available via our online shop!

When?
Sunday 2pm – 8pm
12th Nov

Where?
A4 Sounds
St Joseph’s Parade, Off Upper Dorset St
Dublin 1

What?
2pm – 7pm | Workshops & Hands-on Demonstrations
7pm – 8pm | Live Performances from Gavin Prior & Andy Wilson

For our inaugural edition, we’ll have guest performances from Gavin Prior, performing a semi-improvised set including live reworkings of material from his recent ambient album Always Summer Somewhere; and a modular synthesiser perfromance from A4 member Andy Wilson (plus guests).

From 2pm to 7pm-ish, we’ve hands-on demonstrations and open workshop around all things audio hardware and software related, including a full set of the diminutive new Minijam Studio gear to have a play with. You could also see what’s involved in and even have a go at building an effects pedal, a synth module, an ornament & chime, flash your teensy microcontroller for audio – or perhaps even fix your headphones! Don’t worry if you’re a complete novice to electronic projects. There will be a range of different projects and things to try out, all conducted in a fun and supportive environment, where there will be a few different people to help introduce you to audio hardware or troubleshoot your project as needed. (Get in touch if there’s a particular build or project you’d like to try out)

The open workshop will run gently and directly into the performance aspect of the evening, and you can test out and play with some of the new things that have come to life during the workshop session. We’ll be encouraging participants to collaborate together live, to co-create a once-off soundscape with the one-of-a-kind electronic projects that have been created or tweaked over the afternoon. This will be followed by live ambient / experimental electronic livesets from our invited guest performers, themselves no complete strangers to DIY electronics or unconventional apporaches to sound-making. We’re aiming to make this a mini-series of events to run in 2018, so do get in touch if any of this floats your boat.

Gavin Prior – Always Summer Somewhere: https://desertedvillage.bandcamp.com/album/always-summer-somewhere **also on display will be a selection from the series of the 32 x 32 cm prints created to accompany each of the tracks on the album.

Minijam Studio review: http://www.factmag.com/2017/04/29/minijam-studio-review/

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