Nicolas Collins + Oscillatorial Binnage + Paul B. Davis + Resonance Radio Orchestra

News of an event early next year:

Nicolas Collins + Oscillatorial Binnage + Paul B. Davis + Resonance Radio Orchestra
Sunday 31st January 2010
Cafe Oto, 18 – 22 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL Time: 8.00pm

Tickets: £6 available on the door or from

Nicolas Collins makes his first UK concert appearance since 2004’s epic Feedback: Order from Noise tour. He performs three typically extraordinary works which explore draw on a lifetime of building radical new electronic instruments. Since 1997 Collins has been editor-in-chief of the Leonardo Music Journal, and since 1999 a Professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The second edition of his acclaimed book, Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking, was published by Routledge in 2009.

Working with experimental interfaces, video projection, acoustic devices, biofeedback and destabilised equipment responsive to touch, Oscillatorial Binnage create raucous and compelling compositions based on an exploration of the resonant frequencies of found objects.

The Resonance Radio Orchestra is a floating pool of musicians, actors and technicians based around the award-winning radio station Resonance104.4fm. With an ever-changing, fluid line-up and an aesthetic informed by the imp of the perverse, the ensemble is concerned above all with the development of radio art. Tonight the Orchestra presents a new radiophonic sketch based on surreptitious recordings.

Paul B. Davis works in the duo The Potions with DJ LeDeuce (Thrill Jockey), lectures in Fine Art at Goldsmiths and produces beats for St. Louis rapper Wonton. He is the only DJ to ever get thrown off stage at the Technics/DMC World DJ Championships.

As a reminder Nic wrote the excellent ‘Handmade Electronic Music’ book below.

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Pixelh8’s Pixelh8 Music Tech Master Stroke BETA Released today

Pixelh8 Music Tech Master Stroke BETA Released today at Interface Amnesty. I wish I was there, sounds like a truly amazing event.

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Mobile Music Workshop 2009

Sad to say it, but it doesn’t look like there’s going to be an event this year. It is a shame, but not entirely unexpected.

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Mobile Music for Everyday People event

If you expect to be in or around Minneapolis on the 23rd of May you might want to try out this event:

Mobile Music for Everyday People: A Symposium on Mobile Music and Sound
Friday, May 22, 8am-6pm
Saturday, May 23, 8am-3pm
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Keynote Speaker:
Michael Bull, author of Sound Moves: iPod Culture and Urban Experience

Featuring Ali Momeni and Jenny Schmid with Minneapolis Art on Wheels

More details are available at the Mobile Sound blog.

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New Palm Sounds site now available

A week or so ago I said that there would be a new site coming soon, and here it is. Although it is really just a bit of an overhaul, there is one new thing, a forum, which I hope works ok, so please do give some feedback.

There will be more pages coming over the next few weeks, and some more interesting features too.

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New Nic Collins book due very soon

I got this email from Nic Collins:

The new edition of Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking, is out! Lots of new circuits and illustrations, more examples of artists’ designs, and a DVD with 87 1-minute video clips by hackers from all over the globe, as well as a series of step-by-step video tutorials.

The book should be available shortly from CDEmusic ( and other fine stores everywhere.

Here are some upcoming events planned around the release.

On Saturday April 11 at 9PM I’ll be presenting my first Chicago concert in four years at Lampo (216 W. Chicago Ave., 2nd floor). I’m be splitting the bill with the fabulous hans koch from Cologne. We’ll be doing works for laptop and circuit orchestras. Trombone-propelled electronics, backwards electric guitars, candle-powered oscillators, smart-bomb video and a Blippo Box will also be featured. See for more information. Then on Saturday, May 2, at 3PM, Quimby’s Bookstore (1854 W. North Avenue) is hosting a book release party. I’ll screen some video, demo a few projects, and the Chicago Symphacking Orchestra (CSO) will perform. See .

New York City
On Friday evening, April 17, from 6-7PM we’ll celebrate the book release at Bent 2009 at The Tank (354 West 45th Street.) Books will be available for purchase (I’ll sign them with my illegible scrawl), I’ll screen some of the video from the DVD, demonstrate a few projects, and maybe give a brief performance. Check the Bent website:

April 20 and 21 I’ll be presenting a 2-day hacking workshop at NK (Elsen Str. 52, 2. Hof.) The workshops will run from 11AM until 7PM, and we’ll have a concert, party, and book signing on Tuesday evening. For more information see

STEIM, the Vatican of hacking, is offering a 3-day workshop with me from April 24 to 26. The workshops run 10AM to 5PM. See Then on Tuesday evening, April 28, we’ll have a little concert and book party at STEIM.

Nic Collins

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1src moving to Facebook

1src is moving on and setting up on Facebook and twitter. There have been mumblings for a while about 1src shutting up shop, so it is no big shock I guess. A bit sad though as I used to use it a lot for advice and help.

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Hardware hacking workshops with Nic Collins in Berlin

Networked music review has details of a couple of workshops being run by Nic Collins in Berlin.

Having been to one of his workshops in London in January I can say that it should be worth it.

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Sorry about the late notification on this event. It sounds interesting:
Cybersonica Social at Kinetica Art Fair
Sunday 1st March, 8-10pm
P3, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS
VIP OPENING PERFORMANCE EVENT: £15 (Limited tickets available)
FULL TICKET: One day Art Fair entrance plus all events and performances: £12/£10 conc
ONE DAY: Art Fair entrance only: £5
WEEKEND PASS: Includes Art Fair entrance for Sat, Sun, Mon and all Art Fair events and performances on these days: £20
Please note that Full and Weekend Pass ticket holders must sign-up to events on the day.
For bookings please go to Ticketweb: Kinetica Art Fair @
Nearest tube: Baker Street
Nearest overground: Marylebone

Threep & Vent Media
VC Kristi & Oddscene
Steve Nosurname & Barry Gene Murphy

Cybersonica Social creates a little slice of Cybersonica – London’s annual celebration of music, sound, art and technology – for a brief but enjoyable two hours this Sunday evening at the Kinetica Art Fair.

The seventh in a now somewhat irregular night, it features a select line-up of new and previously featured talent including the idiosyncratic granular textures and analogue rhythms of Threep accompanied by the minimalist visual waveforms of Vent Media; the edgy electronic grooves and live, gutsy vocal FX of VC Kristi with the evolving and surrealist imagery of Oddscene; and the old-skool electro to 8-bit freakouts to drum n’ bass mentalism of Steve Nosurname with the kinetic and potent visuals of moving image artist Barry Gene Murphy.

Kinetica Art Fair, the UK’s first art fair dedicated to kinetic, robotic, sound, light and time-based art opens in London on Friday 27 February – and carnivorous art, man-animal-machine hybrids, mechanical drawing machines, subliminal installations, pole dancing robots, light sculptures and cybernetics are just some of the exhibits to be found there – providing unparalleled opportunities for the public and collectors alike to view and buy work from this thriving international movement and to participate in the programme of talks, workshops and performances.

Longtime Kinetica Museum collaborators, Cybersonica’s contribution to the Art Fair showcases established names and emerging talent who make their own music or audiovisual work using inventive technologies and then perform it live (as opposed to just pressing play in Ableton Live). We strongly recommend progressive electronic music makers, audiovisualisers, digital artists and fans looking for somewhere to meet like-minded people, share ideas and enjoy fresh, vibrant music and performance to come along and check it all out.

Biogs, photos, links and downloads at the Cybersonica Social website

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Circuit Bending workshop in London

Resonance FM are putting on the following workshop in central London:

Saturday 17 January at 10am. £30.
Resonance FM presents a Circuit-Bending Workshop

Professor Nicolas Collins, author of Handmade Electronic Music, leads an all-day workshop in customised electronics: learn how to modify a radio, create a basic synthesiser and much more. The workshop takes place on Saturday the 17th of January in central London, from 10am til 5pm. The cost is thirty pounds. Spaces are strictly limited.
For full details email

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