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Workshop with Darsha Hewitt: Hacking the Ballroom Beat

Dortmunder U | 3rd Floor | 02/08/2019 - 02/10/2019

Workshop instructor:
Darsha Hewitt

Hacking the Ballroom Beat: Extracting Experimental Rhythms from the Sideman 5000 Drum Machine

08 - 10 February 2019

The Sideman 5000 is the world's oldest commercially available drum machine (which is currently on view in the exhibition Computer Grrrls). Made in 1959, it is big, heavy and fixated on playing Ballroom dance beats! But besides playing the Foxtrot, Rumba, Samba and the Waltz, the Sideman is old, unstable and full of unexpected sonic mechanical secrets. Workshop participants are invited to experiment with the obscure sounds hidden inside this historical drum machine and create samples and compositions with their findings. This is an open form workshop that encourages spontaneous collaboration and knowledge transfer between participants and across artistic and technical fields. The workshop ends with a listening session open to the public.

The Sideman 5000 is for EVERYONE! This workshop might be of particular interest to people with experimental musical interests and/or those who are curious about how old-world electromechanical sound technology works. This is an opportunity to get some hands-on experience with the Sideman and lear about how it works. Participants are encouraged to bring their own minimal audio/recording gear or work with the tools on-site (including contact microphones and mixer). A basic recording / editing setup will be available too.

Please send a short intro message to once you register and say hello to the instructor and let her know a bit about yourself.

Workshop is in English and German.

Admission: Participation is free.

The workshop takes place in the context of HMKV's exhibition Computer Grrrls at Dortmunder U (on view until 24 February 2019).

Fri, 08 Feb 2019: 17:00 - 20:00
Intro to Machine + preliminary experiments

Sat, 09 Feb 2019: 11:00 - 18:00
More experiments + work on compositions

Sun, 10 Feb 2019: 14:00 - 16:00
Public Listening Session Matinee

Darsha Hewitt is known for her examinations of communications technology and her use of DIY aesthetics and practices. Her work is interdisciplinary and characterised by a strong feminist critique of technology. She deconstructs and experiments with obsolete household devices, with the goal of demystifying systems and processes of the economy, power and control incorporated into capitalist culture.

Funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Funder HMKV: Dortmunder U - Centre for Art and Creativity


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