Marloes van Son: Rotation to Sound / Workshop

15. – 17. 5. 2017, always 2 – 7 p. m.

In this workshop participants will create a crude instrument. The instrument consists of a small electrical motor as sound-source and an interface made from cardboard and pushbuttons. The electrical motor used is a stepper motor, which produces resonant frequencies that resemble musical tones for different speeds.

During the workshop we will create a control signal (based on a 555-timer) and connect this to the motor driver. After we assembled the electronics we will play with interface design. The resulting object will be an electro-acoustic experimental instrument.

The workshop is suited for beginners as well as people with more advanced knowledge on the topic. Electronics can be provided pre-assembled to participants who are not familiar with building electronics themselves, so they can focus more on interface design. More advanced participants can first alter the design of the electronics, after which they will also build an interface.

Marloes van Son builds systems, installations and instruments. The electromechanical systems that she develops use and explore natural phenomena and everyday household appliances. By repurposing ordinary objects, she aims to create unusual yet familiar experiences. Many of her works start from a visual component, but sound is always an integral part of the eventual piece. Her current project, ‘Devices,’ deals with alternative electronic sound generators, using stepper-motors, unstable oscillators and Arduino-programs as sound-source.

The workshop takes place on the occasion of the “Non-Functioning Functionality” exhibition at GAMU and the produced devices will become part of the exhibition for the remaining two weeks. The workshop is for free.


Duration: 15. – 17. 5. 2017, always 2 – 7 p. m.
Location: GAMU (AMU Gallery, Malostranské náměstí 12, 118 00, Praha 1)
Language: English
Max. number of participants: 10
Registration: until 11. 5. 2017 at (in the application e-mail please state your name, occupation and cell phone number)