Ptarmigan is no longer operating in Helsinki.

Ptarmigan existed as a project space in Vallila from 2009-2011 and a mobile curatorial/creative platform until 2014. We no longer exist as an organised collective, but this website will continue to serve as an archive of the activities produced as/at Ptarmigan during these years.

Fast Food for Ears workshop
workshop : sound : electronics
20 kesäkuu 2011 00:00 15:00 - 18:00.

Fast Food for Ears is an introduction into the world of building your own DIY synths, making contact microphones and having fun with CMOS chips. The workshop will be conducted in three hours.  The workshop is for a maximum of 8 people. Previous knownledge of electronics is not required.  There is a small fee for the materials, depending on what you make: synth kit prices begin at 5€.

The workshop ends at 18:00; at 20:00 will be a concert where workshop participants are encouraged to demonstrate their creations and perform.

During the workshop three different stages of a circuit will be presented:

  1. Prototyping on breadboard
  2. Soldering on copper stripboard
  3. Mounting electronics in a box for a ready-to-play version.

Participants will build the circuit first on the breadboard. After that they are encouraged to experiment with the circuits, listening to the differences between components (resistors, capacitors etc.).

Projects include: Preamp, making a contact microphone, nand synth, simple matrix synth.

About workshop tutors:

Dennis Tan is a Singaporean sound artist living and working in Bremen, Germany. As a sound artist, he makes sound installations which are both sculptural and compositional. He has also written graphical notations for musicians or none musicians alike.

Jukka Hautamäki is media artist living and working in Helsinki, Finland. He is founding member of Turku based experimental electronics association Kokomys. Hautamäki has organised sound art and electronics workshops and lectures in Finland, Germany and France.