Listening to Materials: Making Musical Instruments

August 13 - August 17, 2021

Listening to Materials: Making Musical Instruments


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $615
Material Fee: $20

Come explore the vast and surprising sound making possibilities hidden in common materials and then develop that exploration into musical instruments. Kitchens, closets, workshops, thrift stores and hardware stores hold surprising numbers of sound making materials. Examples include kitchen tools, old doors, broken machines, springs, ping pong balls, car parts and on and on: whatever is at hand. You’ll learn to make simple pickups to amplify virtually anything. You will practice sounds on your  developing instruments and learn basic improvisational moves. Your capacity to listen to the world at hand will grow. We’ll close with short performances by the group members.

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Jay Kreimer

Jay Kreimer is a sound artist, sculptor, and musical instrument inventor. He has toured widely with his invented instruments, performing across Europe, North America, and in Beijing. In spring 2019 he toured Mexico, performing with Albert/Day/Kreimer. In 2011 he was a finalist in the international Guthman musical instrument invention competition at Georgia Tech. He is certified to teach Deep Listening and had a long association with the founder, Pauline Oliveros. Jay has led musical instrument invention workshops in Cork Ireland, Chicago, Crestone Colorado, San Francisco, and this year at the Museum of Antique Toys in Mexico City. In 2013-2014 he was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, creating a video document about the brass and drum street wedding bands in Gujarat and Rajasthan, India.

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