Workshop: Modified Records for Mechanical Techno

Access Space, Sheffield, Sheffield

Thursday, 15 Mar 2018

14:00 – 16:00

A two hour, hands-on workshop with Graham Dunning in advance of his mechanical techno show in access space later that same evening.

"Perhaps his most well-known is the Mechanical Techno Project, which uses turntables as the basis for towering contraptions that make techno music with no human involvement. They spin multiple records on the same axis and use nuts and bolts to trigger external effects, elevated planes to create rhythmic patterns and metal-plated locked grooves produce unpredictable noise. The setups are clumsy, inaccurate and prone to error. In other words, they're not computer perfect. And that's entirely the point."
Michael Aniser (Electronic Beats)

Following a demonstration of the workings of the mechanical techno setup, participants will make three different types of modified record, each making rhythmical sounds in a different way. Live samples from second-hand vinyl; patterned disks that optically trigger a bass-synth; and pegged-out records for sequenced drum beats.
Finally, each set of three disks will be combined in the tower to create a playable machine-composition.

Participants take away a digital recording of their track and keep any records they've made (or ruined).


Access Space, Sheffield , 3-7 Sidney Street , Sheffield