High Zero 2013
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The High Zero Festival of Experimental Music presents a Shnth Workshop with Peter B in which participants assemble their own Shnth, a completely customizable handheld analog/digital synthesizer with unusual tactile controls, and then learn to program it via Peter's custom software. The instrument is made from hardwoods that Peter collects and cuts himself and the wooden case itself is the analog sensor inputs in which the instrument is played. The digital heart can can be programmed via USB by your mac/PC/linux computer using a custom app and written in Peter's code language, shLISP. The instrument is highly mobile, with a battery that can be charged via USB. The Shnth can even store presets, allowing for numerous patches to be recalled as needed in the "field."

Info on the Shnth: shbobo.net

Because each participant will assemble and program their own shnth during the workshop, they should plan to attend both sections.

Assembly: Tuesday, September 17th, 6-10pm
Soldering and assembly of the instrument. Here you will receive your kit and built it.

Programming: Saturday, September 21st, 4-7pm
Peter lectures about shLISP and FISH. Here you will learn to use and customize the Shnth you have built.

Node Baltimore Hackerspace
403 East Oliver Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Price of workshop:
The cost of the workshop, which includes all parts and tools needed to assemble the Shnth, is $220. Ordering a complete instrument from Peter is $300 and does not include direct lessons from Peter. It is a great deal!

Signing up: You can "walk in" on the 17th, however there are only 10 kits available. Your spot can be "reserved" at shbobo.net.

Peter B: Peter B is founder and creator of Ciat-Lonbarde instruments. He has been building and designing completely singular musical instruments out of his Baltimore workshop for the last 10 years.



Musicians from Afar »

Tomomi Adachi (voice, electronics, self-made instruments) Tokyo

Peter B (invented instruments) Connecticut

Angèlica Castelló (paetzold, tapes, electronics) Mexico City/Vienna

Alvin Fielder (percussion) Jackson, MS

Walter Kitundu (inventions) San Francisco

Misha Marks (guitar, baritone horn) New Zealand/Mexico City

Magda Mayas (clavinet, piano) Berlin

David Moré (saw, electronics) Chicago

Gino Robair (miscellany) San Francisco

Karen Stackpole (gongs) Oakland

Birgit Ulher (trumpet, radio, speaker, objects) Hamburg

Sabine Vogel (flute, electronics) Potsdam, Berlin

Weasel Walter (drums) New York City

Musicians from Baltimore »

Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar)

Andrew Bernstein (reeds, electronics)

Christina Blomberg (tenor saxophone)

Tom Boram (thocolate tynapple panipulator, epiglottal trills)

Jaimie Branch (trumpet)

Rose Hammer Burt (reeds)

Samuel Burt (daxophone, bass clarinet, computer)

Patrick Crossland (trombone)

Jesse Haas (saxophone)

Bonnie Jones (electronics, language)

Sharon Mansur (movement)

Kelvin Pittman (saxophone)

Will Schorre (modular synthesizer)