Workshop: Nina Richards - Echo Units




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Workshop 1: Monday 2 March, 18:30-21:00
Workshop 2: Tuesday 5 May, 18:30-21:00
Age Range: 40+
Venue: Wonderlab Studio

Listeners needed! Are you interested in contributing to the development of an interactive sound exhibit at the National Science and Media Museum?

Although we don’t usually think of them in this way, museums are spaces for listening as well as looking. The National Science and Media Museum has started a new Sound Technologies Collection to showcase the role of microphones, speakers, synthesizers, and mixing consoles in creating our media sound worlds. Now we want to understand how audiences listen as a way to figure out how to bring this collection to life.

We are looking for ten people aged 40+ to work with musician and technology expert Nina Richards on a project to create an interactive exhibit that explores classic echo units and reel-to-reel tape machines. These machines, such as the Binson Echorec 2 and the Watkins Copycat helped to define the sound of rock and roll and dub reggae in the 1960s and 1970s, and continue to inform today's music production techniques. You are invited to attend two evening workshops on 2 March and 5 May (18:30-21:00) and lend your ears to help create a prototype interactive exhibit that that emulates their operation, which may allow future visitors to the museum to explore how these echo units worked and were used.

In the first workshop Nina will demonstrate a series of echo units, and introduce examples of the music in which they were used. Oral historian Mandeep Samra will speak about the use of echo in West Yorkshire dub and sound system culture. Following this, you will be invited to experiment with digital replications of a range of echo units. Your listening interactions with these technologies will inform the creation of prototype exhibit that allows visitors to both observe how the original artefacts work and also add their own echo effects to a range of sounds. In the second workshop, we invite you to test this prototype and offer your advice on how it may be further developed.

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