Join us at Exeter Library as we hold our Fun Palace.
Learn and try new things, share your knowledge and passions with your community, meet new people, enjoy yourself! A day of arts, science, and action created by the people of Exeter.
We would love you to get in touch if you have any skills that you would like to share at the library over this weekend, we will provide the space if you provide the skills.
Make a Musical Instrument Workshop
The workshop will have two parts. The first section will be to make a musical instrument. There will be four different instruments to make using precut wood and other materials. The making section of the workshop will end with a period of listening, adapting and tuning the instruments.
The second part of the workshop will be a performance of Simon Belshaw’s Music Machine 41. Dan Mayfield of School of Noise says of the piece “there’s a lovely complex simplicity to the idea and layout is really easy to understand. You could easily go down a route of discussing aleatoric music at an academic level, or have a group of 5 year olds creating their own performance.” It uses an innovative web based score that has a red, amber and green code to instruct performers. It is for a minimum of four players with no maximum number. In common with many of the Music Machines, no musical knowledge nor ability are required to perform it. There is no wrong way to play it and there can be no mistakes.
Attendees will keep their instruments when the workshop is finished.
This event is supported by Exeter City Council and is part of Fun Palaces Weekend 2021.
Tickets from https://bit.ly/3EguwxV
On Sunday 3rd October Simon Belshaw will be in the Rougemont Room with Music Machines there are 4 sessions please book via Eventbrite.
Music Machine 4 for 8 players is an audio installation piece that was funded by the Arts Council. It uses Raspberry Pi computers, Novation Launchpads and 24 musical cells of varying length to create an 8 minute piece. It was intended to be sited in AWEsome Arts Space, Exeter in March 2020 and to be part of the Exeter Game>Play festival in May; both events were cancelled due to covid-19. It was recorded using Zoom and can be viewed here: bit.ly/mm4zoom The piece uses 8 novation launchpads and 8 Raspberry Pi computers. The launchpads have an 8×8 grid of buttons, when one of these lights up the performer presses it and a short cell of music is played. The piece runs for 8 minutes and begins by playing a single note, then two and develops from there. It starts slowly with short cells and (fairly) lengthy intervals between them and ends playing long cells with short intervals. By the end there is a mass (wall) of sound with many parts overlapping. Throughout its course the piece sounds as if it is about to get going but falters, never settling into a steady state. It is similar to a mechanical machine that has trouble starting and, when it does, it malfunctions. Website: simonbelshaw.co.uk