Updates from Artists-in-Residence: Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver

NYUAD – Build Your Own Instrument Workshop

Free for students in all disciplines at New York University Abu Dhabi a day's workshop on building your own electronic noise instrument using circuitry and soldering techniques. Hosted by the Interactive Media Program at NYUAD, participants will be using a similar schematic as the original 1960s CrackleBox.

They will learn to read the schematic, put together and solder the circuits for their own instruments which they can customise as much as they like, and take away with them, but not after jamming on them together first!

The Kraakdoos, or Cracklebox, is a custom made, battery-powered electronic ‘instrument’.

A box has any kind of metal contacts on it, which when touched by fingers makes a range of distinct sounds and tones. The human body becomes a part of the circuit. The concept was first conceived by Michel Waisvisz and Geert Hamelberg in the 1960s.

Bradley and Weaver whose practice as sound artists ranges from bespoke sculptural pieces to improvised or scored performances on hand-made objects and instruments, to large scale installations that dialogue with architecture and space.

Both heavily involved in London arts radio station Resonance104.4FM, Weaver was last year awarded Sonic Artist of the Year 2013 (BASCA) and Bradley Sound and Music's Embedded Artist in Residence. Their work has been released on CD and vinyl and they are currently on a year's residency at Tashkeel, UAE.