Alma is an ensemble of easy to play musical instruments, a piece of music, a group music project and a way for people of all ages and musical abilities to work together to create something they couldn’t do alone. Ed Devnane has been developing instruments and techniques since early 2012 for this project, which will see its first public outing at the Dublin Mini Maker Faire.
For the Maker Faire I will demonstrate how to make some simple instruments such as drums and whistles, which will be played in addition to the permanent instruments by the audience at the end of the day.
It is my intention to build on this project over the coming months, adding new instrument types, music games, visual scores and giving workshops in instrument building and group music making. With ALMA I wish to involve people who may not have played music before, by making the instruments numerous (strength in numbers!) and accessible enough (single pitch instruments, played by either blowing into a tube or hitting with a stick) for anyone to play.
ALMA uses a five note Pentatonic scale and colour coded instruments. So far these instruments consist of tube chimes, reed pipes, wood blocks, single note whistles and percussion instruments. Slide whistles and various types of string instruments are in development.
Check out the video below from the Storymaker team – creative technologist Duncan Gough (http://suttree.com) and digital producer Leila Johnston (http://finalbullet.com). These fun folk are interested in exploring the relationship between performance and technology. With puppets!!!
“We’re turning the tables on the Faire – we want to get the visitorsmaking. We’re interested in theatre, circuses and magic – places ofmisdirection and illusion but also of fun, where entertainment is thegoal. There are clear parallels with consumer technology today, wheredesign decisions obfuscate reality, manipulating a user’s attention andmagnifying excitement, and where nothing is quite what it seems. Theatrecan inspire creativity through the sheer confidence it has in its ownweirdness, and we’re hoping our puppets will bring out some good storiesin the people who visit our stand, by intercepting the awkwardness ofstaring straight into a camera. We hope to find out how some of thesegeeks became the makers they are today. By inviting people to remembersome of their personal experiences of computing, we’ll celebrate theexcitement of encountering devices that needed your input before theycould speak, machines that asked for an investment of imagination andpersonality from the user. The maker community has always understood theimportance of these kinds of machines, of course, and you only have tolook at the explosion of popularity of arduinos etc in recent years tosee that we really want our tech to fire the imagination.” – Leila andDuncan
How big do you like your drums? It is 14ft diameter or nothing for Dublin Mini Maker Faire. It is just how we roll. Luckily the talented maker Bounce has met our strangely exact dimensional whims. Here is a video of it being warming it up and body & soul ahead of July 14th.
A 14ft diameter drum designed and built by artist Bounce. It is made from 90% recycled/re purposed material. Fuinneamh (Irish for energy) is for all to play ,a communal drum No experience of drums is needed, its all about having fun together Mel and Keith our drummers will be on hand to show some rhythms and encourage all to join in.
You, like us, were probably wondering when Forbes magazine were going to start the taking the whirlwind that is Dublin Mini Maker Faire seriously. Well ladies and gentlemen that time has come. Check it out we got a mention in article on “Why The Hacker Economy Will Save Your Business”.
Check out this video from the NUI Maynooth Maker’s Club hard at work making a montage. Great bunch of guys, who have been really active in promoting the Faire. If the stand they had at St Patrick’s Day Big Day out is anything to go by, you won’t want to miss them at Dublin Mini Maker Faire.
“The NUI Maynooth Maker’s Club is quite simply a time and a place where anyone of any ability, of any background, of any discipline can join in and take some delight in making, building, and inventing anything they can dream up. The Maker’s Club is not confined to electronics. It is not confined to pen and paper. It is not confined to traditional engineering, art or science. It is open to left-brainers, right-brainers and no-brainers. We hope the only limitations you will confront are those of your own imagination – which is an interesting place to be. So come meet us at the Dublin Mini Maker Faire on the 14th July 2012.“
In the lead up to Dublin Mini Maker Faire, let’s meet some of the great makers who will be at the faire:
We promised there’d be lasers, and Husband and wife team Fiona Snow and Michael Mohler balance a love for accuracy and precision with a creative “flair” to make some amazing laser-cut products.
Since 2011, SNOW have been lasering away, using a 40 watt Epilog Laser Cutter to create many of their products.
This cutting edge machine has a working area of 600 x 300 mm and can cut and score a very wide range of materials from paper, plastics, wood and much more. Here are some examples of the setup and sample projects:
Becoming a sponsor of Dublin Mini Maker Faire is a great way for your company or organization to get involved with this exciting and enriching community, all-ages event in its inaugural year.
Why is Dublin Mini Maker Faire so great?
It’s a chance for us, as makers, to give back to the community through this inspirational event that invites people to join in.
The faire will connect people and projects within their local community and beyond.
A diverse array of projects will help inspire and empower young people to learn more about and pursue careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
It’s a CSR opportunity like no other, and we hope to establish this event as a yearly one, which will bring together over 40 exhibiting makers and workshop leaders, 50 volunteers, and an estimated 3000+ attendees.
There is no other event like it! Where else would you get flame-thrower drum kits, exercise-powered Scalectrix, 14ft drums, Irish speaking robots, crochet, and period costume all in one place?
Sponsorship benefits will range from text mention and logo inclusion in written material supporting the event, to having exhibit space in featured locations at the event. Please see the attached levels for more information.
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