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.

Interactive, Sensor-based Music Systems workshop
workshop : sensors : man and machine : interactive systems
31 August, 2014 00:00 14:00

Sensors allow us to connect the physical world with the world of the machines. During this full-day workshop, participants will get to know the fundamental principles of interactive, sensor-based music systems that can be used for sound installations, live-performances and improvisation.

Topics covered during that workshop:

  • Connecting sensors with the computer
  • Conditioning sensor data
  • Converting sensor data into sound
  • Performance and improvisation with sensor-based instruments
  • Artistic use of sensor technology

Technology used amongst others: Ultrasonic sensors, infrared sensor, light sensors, arduino, Max/MSP

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops and arduino boards, if available.

Marko Timlin is a Finnish sound artist, musician and composer. His musical career began in the early 1990s, in London, before his subsequent move to former East Berlin, where he became part of the alternative electronic music scene there. In Berlin, he worked together with groups such as "Laub", "rope" and the "17 Hippies", and founded the band "tritop", one of Germany’s first live drum 'n' bass-bands.

Today, he develops his own electronic and digital musical instruments which he plays regularly at concerts. In addition to his concert activities, he designs sound installations, composes computer, theater and dance music, and holds workshops and seminars in colleges and universities.

In recent years he has been teaching at the Music University Trossingen, DE, Sibelius Academy, FI, New York University, USA, and the Royal Conservatory “Victoria Eugenia” Granada, ES.

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