This workshop was a part of Press Play 2018.
Create electronic creatures from your wildest sonic imagination with Johann Diedrick. Designed for all ages and abilities, we will generate squawks, shrieks, and shrills from a handful of wires and resistors, and then decorate our creations with paper mâché, paint, markers, glitter and other crafts. Along the way you will be introduced to tips and tricks for making your own musical instruments or interactive noise machines, with time to experiment and customize as you learn about electronics and sound. Prepare to get noisy and loud. Your cacophonous creatures await!
Johann Diedrick makes installations, performances and objects that let people play with sound. He surfaces the histories and past interactions inscribed in material and space through vibrations, peeling back sonic layers to reveal hidden memories and untold stories. He shares his tools and techniques with the public through listening tours, workshops and open-source hardware and software. He received the Asian Cultural Council 2016 Fellows grant and has been featured in Wire Magazine and Musicworks Magazine. His work has been presented in venues such as the Somerset House (London, UK), Social Kitchen (Kyoto, Japan), Common Ground (Berlin, Germany) and Knockdown Center (Queens, NY). He is currently a senior developer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.