Meet Your Sponsors: The Hackery

Local business The Hackery has stepped up to sponsor Mini Maker Faire Vancouver for the third year in a row. They’ve supported us from the very beginning, even down to donating meeting space in their sweet rabbit warren warehouse in East Vancouver in our first year.

 

David Repa, founder of The Hackery, has been involved in supporting community efforts to make technology more accessible and fun for a long time. “I think it’s really important to have family oriented, hands-on, engaging events like Mini Maker Faire. People have a place to inspire each other, and celebrate making things for the love of it. Hacking and building can be done in your garage alone for years, but meeting other people who get a kick out of your creation is a pretty special feeling. There’s massive creative energy all around Vancouver.”

 

The Hackery, in its fifth year of business, repairs, recycles and re-sells computer equipment. They also help local makers find used motors, fans, wire, and odd-ball parts for projects — at affordable cost (and sometimes free!).

 

The Hackery is also a leader in ethical electronic waste recycling. They employ local people to dismantle equipment right in their Vancouver facility, meaning a smaller carbon footprint. Recycling is done in accordance with the Basel Convention, and they do not ship unprocessed equipment overseas. Best of all, they prioritize repair over recycling whenever possible, reducing the need to  manufacture brand-new equipment; this decreases the environmental and human impact of mining for conflict metals required for electronics.

 

The Hackery also maintains a “Vintage Computer Museum” to preserve obsolete computer equipment for educational and esoteric purposes. Some of their oddities will be on display at this year’s Mini Maker Faire, including a teletype from 1954 and some vintage computers. Come say hello and thank them for helping make this year’s event happen!







Maker Music Schedule Announcement

November 16th
Doors Open at 7pm.

7.30pm: Victoria

Victoria Gibson is an Integrated Media Artist blending sound + light + motion to create compelling works of art.

Victoria’s work emerges from the nexus of technology and art to fuse media forms. Much of her work requires the participation of the audience to be fully realized.

Current works available for presentation include “Bandwidth”, an interactive installation; “Rise Up, Fallen Angel”, a new paradigm in gallery exhibition; fine art prints of photographic representational or processed digital arts works, and original music, spoken word and audio composed or improvised with several musical ensembles.

8pm: The Legion of Flying Monkeys Horn Orchestra

The Legion of Flying Monkeys Horn Orchestra‘ (and Interactive Choral Experience) is an eight year project engineered by Vancouver performance artist, Mr. Fire-Man. Starting with custom, hand-crafted wooden trumpets and a passion for old school, summer camp style singalongs, the LFM has grown into a small, but determined cultural movement. They are most often found playing the Railway Club, at the Super Robertson Supper Show.

For more information, please visit Mr. Fire-Man’s blog.

8.30pm: The JBC


Jordan Barnes-Cruise will be presenting an electroacoustic live looping set featuring several household objects on contact mics (steel water bottles, thermoses, wine racks, etc.), as well as vintage drum machines, analog synthesizers and vocals. He will also be simultaneously projecting a reel of video art. 
 

9pm: Publik Secrets

Publik Secrets is the collective effort of George Rahi, John Kastelic, and Robyn Jacob. We’re a rag tag team of mucisians, cyclists, zinesters, and DIY enthusiasts. Our recent work includes building musical sculptures for the International Children’s’ Festival and the Burning Man festival. As members of the local Balinese Gamelan orchestra ‘Gita Asmara’, we draw inspiration from the dynamic sounds of the xylophones used in the music. We will be showcasing an instrument made from recycled bicycle parts, tuned to the Gamelan orchestra, and built to be played by up to eight people at once.


Publik Secrets will be bringing a 8 foot long xylophone made out of 35 bicycle frame parts, tuned to the Balinese percussion orchestra known as Gamelan. Mallets will be provided so as many as 8 people can play at once together, four on either side. The base and legs of this Bicycle Gamelan instrument will be made from all the left-over pieces cut from the scrap bicycle frames. What was once in the recycling bin will now be transformed into a collaborative musical instrument.
 
 

9.30: goldfish



Born on the tip of a peninsula, Ryan Smith, aka Goldfish, is a lifelong hacker, maker, taker-aparter, and explorer of ways to use computers in music. Ryan’s performance combines live looping with voice, ukulele, some tiny korg things, hand-built hardware and hand-coded, open source software, creating sounds that come in noisy swells and quiet waves.
 
 

10pm: Miles Thorogood


Miles Thorogood is a doctoral at SFU School of Interactive Arts and Technology. He works in the area of creative artificial intelligence, conducting research aimed at endowing machines with creative autonomous behaviour. Specifically, with the research and development of new systems for exploring and analyzing online environmental sound libraries. His focus is on semantic representations in natural language, and the classifying soundscape recordings using supervised learning machines. Whilst the application of this research is many, such as education, and environmental studies, Miles is intent on the development of creative and autonomous soundscape composition systems. 
 

He will be performing Audio Metaphor is a generative system for autonomous soundscape composition that uses natural language processing, a speaking bird box, and machine learning. The system looks for Tweets online, and parses them as natural language queries. Natural language processing is used, and semantically linked audio files are retrieved from an online user-contributed audio database. A machine learning algorithm then classifies the audio, based on human perceptual features, and segments the audio file for composition. Segmented audio files are given to a preliminary implementation of a soundscape composition engine, with the result being a soundscape that represents the Tweets. Some of the possible applications of the research are toward deeper recollections of memory using soundscape, performance environments, and augmenting digital story telling with soundscape composition. 
 

10.30pm: TXTED


TXTED will be showcasing the Wiikembe, EGyil, Notomoton, and the MISTIC pitched percussion performance computer music toolkit. Combined, these three elements comprise a comprehensive collective of traditional instruments that have been modified for intuitive and transparent interfacing of a music computer for interaction with interactive DSP, idiomatic sound synthesis, and robotic percussion. I have been lucky enough to work with some of the preeminant robotic music ensembes: LEMURBOTS, Trimpin’s Pianos, EMMI, Orchestrion, and Karmetik. This previous summer I presented my research and performed at NIME ’12 (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) and SMC ’12 (Sound and Music Computing) in Copenhagen.  
 

Oontz Oontz…….DANCE PARTY STARTS:

11pm: a flyingoctopus

 
 

Vincent van Haaff (flyingoctopus) is a multi-disciplinary media artist working with computer code to explore virtual and real spaces defined by rule-based systems. Originally from Southern California, he went from a record label co-founder and audio hacker in Los Angeles to a environmental club founder in Santa Barbara before moving to Vancouver to become a software developer and media artist. His expertise spans from data and music visualization to computer vision, event and community installation, and user centred design.

11:30pm: Holzkopf & Botfly with visuals by Merlyn



Holzkopf (Jacob Hardy) and I perform music under the name “holzkopf.” My interests are vast but lately I’ve been focusing on making dance music rooted in the traditions of detroit techno, dub mixing, free jazz and musique concrete. Somehow it works! I mix between a sampler I’ve had since high school, a rejected drum machine and tapes in pitch control or modified tape decks. I often wire my equipment into feedback loops with each other so it gets confused. I feel best when I am collaborating with glitches, not trying to control them. I will be playing a somewhat fluid, collage of beats, tapes, smooth bass lines and skronky noises.

 
 

Merlyn Chipman’s artwork spans live improvisational audio/video, print and installation art but he identifies himself as a “video feedback artist.” Video feedback is the phenomena that occurs when a video signal is passed from a video camera to a monitor while the camera and monitor are pointed at each other.

12-1AM: Frederick Brummer (Legs)

A number of drums fixed with built-in speakers. The drums are mounted facing upwards so that materials can be placed on the surfaces of their skins. Sounds played through the drums vibrate the materials resulting in cymatic effects. The sounds themselves are controlled through simple interfaces which can be manipulated by the public to produce the sound/vibration effects. The piece was shown at the Jazz Fest this summer, and so has been stress-tested by hundreds of visitors.

1-2AM: Dark Arps

Dark Arps proudly presents the “technosuit”, a three-way collaborative work with Vancouver artists Krista Lomax and Luke Detheridge. The technosuit is a future-gothic styled suit of armour, covered in an array of LEDs and electroluminescent wires, driven by an Arduino microcontroller. Using Ableton Live as the host sequencer to perform the music, complex MIDI messages are also transmitted to the Arduino to trigger an intricate and sympathetic sequence of lights which complement the music.

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You MUST RSVP by purchasing your tickets in advance. Tickets WILL NOT be sold at the door. Space is limited so buy yours now! 

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at:
http://vancouver.makerfaire.ca/maker-music/







Maker Music: Meet your Artists: holzkopf

Jacob Hardy performs music under the name “holzkopf.” His interests are vast but are focussed on making dance music rooted in the traditions of detroit techno, dub mixing, free jazz and musique concrete. He mixes between a sampler he’s had since high school, a rejected drum machine and tapes in pitch control or modified tape decks. He often wires his equipment into feedback loops with each other so it gets confused. He will be playing a somewhat fluid, collage of beats, tapes, smooth bass lines and skronky noises.Jacob will be bringing his suitcase of electronic instruments, bent, broken and unchanged stuff.







Maker Music: Meet Your Artists: Dark Arps

A performance by ‘Dark Arps’

Bio:
Veteran producer and engineer, Dark Arps is the latest moniker of Canadian electronic artist, Jonathan Bierman. Originally inspired by the slew of groundbreaking acts that arose from the UK’s DnB and triphop scenes in the 90’s, his tastes evolved to incorporate nu-skool breaks, progressive, and techno. Timeless acts such as Hybrid, Underworld and The Prodigy were influential role models that forged in him an equal commitment to musicality, high production standards and of course, dance-ability. Throughout the 2000’s he spent eight years producing, engineering, touring and performing with one of the UK’s first truly live DnB-breakbeat acts, Keiretsu, rocking dance floors all across Britain, from Edinburgh to Brighton. As well, during this period he continued to produce, remix and collaborate with an endless variety of electronic and traditional acts, giving him a diverse pool of influence from which to draw inspiration. Now in his 15th year as an electronic music producer, and reinvigorated by his new spiritual home of Vancouver BC, Dark Arps’ productions are more coherent, confident and technically sophisticated than ever.

 

Dark Arps proudly presents the “technosuit”, a three-way collaborative work with Vancouver artists Krista Lomax and Luke Detheridge. The technosuit is a future-gothic styled suit of armour, covered in an array of LEDs and electroluminescent wires, driven by an Arduino microcontroller. Using Ableton Live as the host sequencer to perform the music, complex MIDI messages are also transmitted to the Arduino to trigger an intricate and sympathetic sequence of lights which complement the music.







Maker Music: Meet Your Artists: Legs

‘Legs’ (Frederick Brummer)

Since the beginning of 2012 sonic mastermind Frederick Brummer has been working on a new musical project.
It’s called Legs.

 
 

In a nutshell Legs is live electronic dance music. He plays beats and bass on an array of hardware.

 
 

Legs has it’s very own website here:
http://legsss.com/ 
 

and more tracks online here:
https://soundcloud.com/legsss








Announcing Maker Music on November 16th!

Come one! Come all to our first Maker Music Event!

Maker Music is a one evening event intended to showcase the DIY community in the performance art and music scene. Circuit benders, instrument makers, and performance artists will to this one night event on the evening of November 16 with a Maker dance party that will go late into the night. Musicianship is always considerably DIY, but in the Maker Movement ethos, we now have a chance to expose the rich creativity found in Vancouver’s music community and to celebrate it in one event. Come down and see what Maker Music is made of!

You must RSVP to gain admission to the event

You can purchase your tickets here

Stay tuned for event scheduling and artist showcases. This is an event you do not want to miss!







Maker Music: Call for Submissions

Call for Maker Musicians!

Do you make your own music instruments?

Do you use diy practices in your music production?

Do you use play your existing instruments in a creative way?

Are you an artist and affiliate closely to the Maker movement?

Then we want you!

Maker Music is a one evening event intended to showcase the DIY community in the performance art and music scene. Circuit benders, instrument makers, and performance artists are encouraged to apply to this one night event the first week of November. Musicianship is always considerably DIY, but in the Maker Movement ethos, we now have a chance to expose the rich creativity found in Vancouver’s music community and to celebrate it in one event.
Submit your application here by October 1st and join us in this wonderful event!






Meet Your Sponsor: The Hackery

The Hackery was most gracious to come on board as a community sponosor again for this year’s Maker Faire. The Hackery, located on the a block north of  East Hastings on Victoria Drive, is a fantastic tech shop that repairs, recycles, re-purposes and re-sells computers and electronics. These services have expanded beyond just catering to Vancouver. Their highly active online eBay store has since become an integral part in the international electronics collector community.

 

When you walk into The Hackery, the first thing you will notice is the diversity of equipment they have on their shelves. From Commodore PET computers, to vintage radios, to even one of the first fax machines, they have all kinds of wonders you could just oggle at for hours. Aside from their thriving online business, they have all kinds of walk-in customers: people looking for laptop replacement parts salvaged from their scrapyard, people interested in recycling electronics (which they spend the time to fully dismantle for usable parts, before sending true end of life material to audited material handlers and refineries), and in my case, electronics for one of my Maker projects!

 

David Repa, The Hackery’s founder and owner, was kind enough to walk me through their back area where they do their repairs. At one table, a monitor repair was being diagnosed by a DIY tool that could determine whether a capacitor was blown without removing the capacitor from the board. At another table was a diagnostics computer whose own innards hung down from a wooden beam above the workbench. I also got a demo on how one turned it on, you woud have to hot wire the thing. Awesome!

 

David also co-founded Free Geek Vancouver, and rented the upstairs of The Hackery to the founding members of the Vancouver Hackspace, one of our sister organizations, making him deeply ingrained in the DIY community here in Vancouver. He really does know how to hack in Vancouver, and his scrap yard is no exception. The ‘Scrap Yard’, a garage filled with computers and other electronics waiting to be sold, repaired, recycled, or cannibalized, was massive! Stacked with laptops, flats of Apple IIs (and all of it’s periphreals), bins of components and boards, and a self-repaired forklift. They even have their own in-house metal waste compactor (DIY’d no less!).

In a time where throwaway culture is becoming more and more prevalent, the value of The Hackery’s venture cannot be understated. They fight through the flood of disposability and find the gems, find the salvageable, and help people continue to use electronics free of guilt knowing that they have a proper ethical recycling facility at The Hackery when it is needed.

 

The Vancouver Maker/Hacker community is extremely lucky to have a space like The Hackery. Their warm, friendly, and open nature is very approachable and even my brief time interviewing them has left me with all sorts of ideas and inspiration for my next DIY project. I recommend stopping by, chatting with their staff, as there is all kinds of great things you could learn. Thanks again David, you guys are great!

 

You should follow The Hackery on Twitter here and on Facebook here.