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/

Video: Welcome by THE SUNLAND DANCERS and Tara Jane ONeil

Check out this video of Welcome – THE SUNLAND DANCERS and Tara Jane ONeil

from machine project on Vimeo.

Report from Colin Dickey: Northernmost Machine Project Lecture

On Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 3:00pm in the afternoon, writer Colin Dickey gave the northernmost Machine Project lecture. Entitled “Notes on Arctic Failure,” it was delivered to a (mostly laminated) audience of eight attendees. The talk discussed various attempts over the centuries to find means to profitably exploit the Arctic Circle, both through mining and attempts to locate a Northwest Passage for commercial shipping. In addition, Dickey discussed attempts, both successful and failed, to reach the North Pole, and whether or not this age of discovery was analogous to these failed commercial ventures.

The event happened in the Svalbard archipelago, on the island of Spitzbergen, at Skansbukta in Billefjorden. The precise coordinates were N 78°31.600 E 16°02.482. Nearby was an abandoned gypsum mine, and a boat of unknown provenance that had been washed ashore several decades ago.

If you are interested in hearing more about Colin Dickey’s expedition to the Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard, come by Machine on August 25th at 8pm for A Report on an Expedition to the Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard by Colin Dickey. We hope this time the audience will be (mostly) not laminated.

(Photographs by Ming Yi and Colin Dickey)




Machine this Weekend: August 3rd – 4th

CLASS : Sound Synthesis Class
Saturday and Sunday, August 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th

Sign up now for our Sound Synthesis class, starting this Saturday! This class will present the theoretical fundamentals of sound synthesis with a view towards applications in music and sound design. The electronic synthesis of audio signals is a wonderful combination of mathematics (harmonic analysis and linear differential equations) and electrical engineering (analog and digital signal processing). And even though the phrases “harmonic analysis” and “linear differential equations” sound super intimidating, participants don’t need any previous mathematical or programming experience — just some headphones, a laptop with with an installation of free SuperCollider software, and a love of music.

Registration is $225 for members / $250 for non-members. Visit the following link for more information about the class, and to sign up: http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/08/03/sound-synthesis-class-3/

EVENT : Fiona Connor & Andrew Gohlich – This peculiarity we afterwards observed in other streams; they flowed by night and became dry by day

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UPDATE 8.3.13 – This event has been POSTPONED. Please check this page or the Machine Project weekly email for information on the rescheduled event.
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Fiona Connor and Andy Gohlich are exhibiting a suite of photographs and sculpture. The works will be installed in and around Sidehill Viaduct located 4 miles up the 2 from the 210 freeway. The show will only exist for a day and will be accompanied by a poster and texts generated from Connor and Gohlich’s research.

Carpooling and comfortable walking shoes are recommended; please be safe and courteous with other drivers, motorcyclists, and cyclists on the 2.

Click here for more information about this project and for a map of the location.

This event is part of Machine Project’s Field Guide to L.A. Architecture.

Machine this Week: an Upcoming Class & Two Videos!

UPCOMING CLASS : Sound Synthesis Class
Saturday and Sunday, August 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th

Registration is now open for another installment of our popular Sound Synthesis Class. The electronic synthesis of audio signals is a wonderful combination of mathematics (harmonic analysis and linear differential equations) and electrical engineering (analog and digital signal processing). This class will present the theoretical fundamentals of sound synthesis with a view towards applications in music and sound design. We will use the open source software platform SuperCollider as a toolkit for the class.

Registration is $225 for members / $250 for non-members. Visit the following link for more information about the class, and to sign up: http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/08/03/sound-synthesis-class-3/

ARCHIVE : Machine Project’s Field Guide to L.A. Architecture

Check out these two recently completed videos from events that happened in May as part of our Field Guide to L.A. Architecture.

Carmina Escobar – Massagem Sonora.

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Anna Petrisko – Jeepneys’ Bowling with Aliens

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Machine this Week: July 16th – July 21st

EVENT : Everyone Will Be Here Now But Me – Jacqueline Gordon
Thursday, July 18th from 8pm – 11pm // FREE
at the Los Angeles Food Center // 1400 E. Olympic Ave, 90021
Enter through the ramp and parking lot around the corner on Birch St.

An exploratory sound installation that takes place in multiple locations after hours inside the offices of the Los Angeles Food Center. Each element of the piece involves different levels of listening between the body, mind and architecture. Participants are invited to roam throughout the transformed office space, and there will be opportunity to listen and record audio with binaural microphones monitored through sculptural ears.

Note: Free parking will be available via a ramp on Birch Street.

This event is part of Machine Project’s Field Guide to L.A. Architecture.

EVENT : Wash – ING
Sunday, July 21st from 3pm – 6pm // FREE
at the Maranatha High School, 169 S St John Ave, Pasadena, California 91105 – (St. John ave is one-way, so come down from Green, one block north).
Free parking in the school parking structure.

If you’re looking for pool-related adventures this Sunday, save yourself the $30 Hurricane Harbor tickets and cool off in Wash, a free underwater/underground sound installation performance in a gorgeous mid century modern natatorium.

Bring your bathing suit and experience the sound channeled through speakers installed both above and below the surface, as ing slowly layers sounds to the mix througout the afternoon. Or opt for a more dry, voyeuristic vantage point in the underground viewing bunker.

Kids are welcome, but there’s no shallow end, and anyone under 6 must be accompanied by an adult in the pool.

This event is part of Machine Project’s Field Guide to L.A. Architecture.

WORKSHOP : Programming the iPhone 101
Tuesday and Thursday: July 16th, 18th, 23rd, and 25th

Another installment of the popular iPhone Programming 101 class with Chandler McWilliams begins this Tuesday! Learning to program for the iPhone can be a daunting challenge. A new language, a new development environment, new hardware, and new ways of thinking- all before you have a working app. This four session workshop will get you up and coding quickly so you can learn the intricacies of creating applications for iPhone by diving right in and doing it.

Registration is $250 for members / $275 for non-members. Visit the following link for more information about the class, and to sign up: http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/07/16/programming-the-iphone-101-3/

Machine this Week: Sunday, July 14th & an Upcoming Class

EVENT : Symphony for 100 Stylophones – Paul Fraser
Sunday, July 14th at 1pm
at the Compton Civic Center Plaza // 205 S. Willowbrook Avenue, Compton, CA 90220

Paul Fraser and L.A. Stylophonic- L.A.’s premier stylophone ensemble, plan to gather a group of 100 stylophone players at the Compton Civic Center Plaza for an interactive concert. All ages are welcome and no musical experience is necessary. Those who are interested should meet at the Compton Civic Center Plaza at 1pm and then participants will be directed with numbers, symbols, and shapes to teach them about the instrument in small groups. The event culminates with a final performance in which all 100 participants will come together to play the final, experimental composition, filling the plaza with sound.

This event is part of Machine Project’s Field Guide to L.A. Architecture.

UPCOMING WORKSHOP : Programming the iPhone 101
Tuesday and Thursday: July 16th, 18th, 23rd, and 25th

Registration is now open for another installment of the popular iPhone Programming 101 class with Chandler McWilliams. Learning to program for the iPhone can be a daunting challenge. A new language, a new development environment, new hardware, and new ways of thinking all before you have a working app. This four session workshop will get you up and coding quickly so you can learn the intricacies of creating applications for iPhone by diving right in and doing it.

Registration is $250 for members / $275 for non-members. Visit the following link for more information about the class, and to sign up: http://machineproject.com/archive/classwork/2013/07/16/programming-the-iphone-101-3/

Machine this Weekend: July 6th – 7th

WORKSHOP : 3D Video Mapping
Saturday, July 6th and Sunday, July 7th from 11am – 4pm

This workshop is an introduction to the concepts and techniques to 3D projection mapping, or more commonly known as 3D Video Mapping. In the first part of the workshop, instructor Refik Anadol will explain what mapping is all about with some historical precedent of mapping and students will then be introduced to the various processes to carry out a 3D Architectural Video Mapping. The second part of the workshop will focus on how to map sculptures with Madmapper, followed by creating simple animations using the built in animation tool in MadMapper. The workshop will end with a short presentation of works done by the participants, followed by a short sharing session of questions related to what they have experienced in the workshop.

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/2013/07/06/3d-video-mapping-wrokshop/

EVENT : Lake Overturn – Jibade-Khalil Huffman
Sunday, July 7th at 6pm and 7pm
at The Santa Monica Screening Room // 1526 Fourteenth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

A history of the sites of disaster in several Los Angeles-set movies, “Lake Overturn” explores the project of fan fiction and the idea of a “personal soundtrack” as it plays out over the course of several days. In a live performance and accompanying video, a location scout for films (Claire Titelman), ventures into sites for a film to be made, contradicting and confirming any sense of place, past, present or future.

Click one of the links below to purchase tickets:
6:15 performance: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7176008635
7:15 performance: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7249329941

This event is part of Machine Project’s Field Guide to L.A. Architecture.

Oh My God Echo Park Just Got So Much Better: A Celebration of the Reopening of Echo Park Lake

Come down to Machine this Sunday, June 30th from 10am to 10pm to view a five hour time- lapse video of the entire 2 year renovation of the Echo Park Lake. This feat of diligence was accomplished by Rev. Mook and Mr. Rollerzz, who will join us at 3PM for a discussion of the process behind the making of this video. The presentation will be preceded by a dramatic readings of Yelp Reviews of Echo Park Lake by Marcus Kuiland-Nazario.

Click the link below to see a teaser of a video that shows one day of the time lapse:
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Video: Kamau Patton – The Sky Above

Check out this video of Kamau Patton’s The Sky Above event that happened in late May as part of our Field Guide to L.A. Architecture.

The Sky Above by Kamau Patton from machine project on Vimeo.