Machine this Week: A Bevy of Upcoming Workshops!


Here at Machine, we’re gearing up for a bunch of cool stuff in the second half of August, so we’re taking this week a little easy. But register now for four workshops you can take with us in the next three weeks!

We’ll also host a members-only event on Sunday August 25, and it’s going to be real special. Phrenology? Check. Live soundtrack to your tarot card reading? Check. If you’ve been considering becoming a Machine Project member, now just might be the time! Click here for more info on the event, and here for information on becoming a member.

UPCOMING WORKSHOP : Cigar Box Spring/Slinky Reverb Workshop
Saturday, August 17th from 2pm – 6pm

Instructor: Josh Gerowitz

This one day workshop will teach you how to build a small and portable spring reverb unit for use in your home studio, with your guitar amp or really with anything you want. As part of this class you will learn basic skills such as soldering, making a small power amplifier, making a small preamp , and some other basic skills necessary for building electronic devices. Students must be old enough to solder and handle a drill. Everything for the class will be provided, and no prior knowledge is necessary.

This workshop is part of Machine Project’s All-Echo Weekend, as part of the Echo Park Rising Festival.

Registration is $85 for members / $100 for non-members. THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14TH. Visit the following link for more information about the class, and to sign up: http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/08/17/cigar-box-springslinky-reverb-workshop/

UPCOMING WORKSHOP : Beginning Raspberry Pi Workshop: Make an HD Video Player
Tuesday and Thursday, August 20th and 22nd // 7pm – 10pm

Instructor: Clay Chaplin

If you present video work using DVDs, a laptop, or a Mac mini in a gallery setting that has limited security or tech support then this is for you! In this workshop we will cover getting started with Raspberry Pi computers, with an emphasis on creating a super-simple HD video player for gallery environments. Participants will create a 1080p HD video player on the Raspberry Pi that connects to a HDMI flatscreen monitor and, when booted, will immediately start playing your HD video content. No buttons, no software, no instruction sheets . . just plug it in and your videos start playing. We’ll provide all the materials, and you’ll leave the class with a functioning HD video player for you to keep. Filmmakers, video artists, VJs, and photographers are encouraged to attend, but anyone with a general curiosity about the Raspberry Pi and Linux is welcome to attend.

Registration is $150 for members / $175 for non-members. THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS MONDAY, AUGUST 12TH Visit the following link for more information about the class, and to sign up: http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/08/20/beginning-raspberry-pi-workshop-make-an-hd-video-player/

UPCOMING WORKSHOP : Indian Classical Tabla and Vocal Workshop
Saturday, August 24th // 2pm – 5pm

Instructors: Robin and Rajen Sukhadia

Robin Sukhadia, former Machine Project artist-in-residence, and his father Rajen Sukhadia will lead an in-depth three hour workshop focused on the raga and tala (melody and rhythm) of north Indian classical music. Through recitation and hands-on playing of tabla bols, students will learn about the structure of the drum, basic compositions, and posture. Singing exercises will expose students to the basics of the sargam (melodic scale), and how to adapt scales in basic ragas. Multimedia and listening exercises will give students a deeper understanding of the context and history of north Indian classical music and its global impact. This class is suitable for absolute beginners as well as intermediate students, all ages are welcome and abla pairs will be available in the gallery for participants to use!

Registration is $25 for members / $30 for non-members. Visit the following link for more information about the class, and to sign up: http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/08/24/indian-classical-tabla-and-vocal-workshop/

UPCOMING WORKSHOP : Experimental Casting Workshop
Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st // 1pm – 5pm

Instructor: Mary Hill

Throughout this workshop participants will be pairing experimental casting methods with traditional mold-making to create work that is first classical and then distorted. Students will learn the basics of several casting materials and methods on the first day, only to turn them on their heads during the second. During the first day, we will each make a small life-cast from our own bodies (fingers, toes, heels, elbows, etc.). We will also pour a silicone mold of a small object you bring from home. On day two, we will begin casting into our silicone molds and “found molds” in several materials, experimenting with each along the way. We will pigment our resins, reshape and resculpt our waxes as they cool, and use our found object molds to create negative space casts. Students may choose to incorporate their new life-casting skills as well. All molds and casts you produce in class will be yours to keep!

Participants should be high school age or older.

Registration is $105 for members / $120 for non-members. Visit the following link for more information about the class, and to sign up: http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/08/31/experimental-casting-workshop/