Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is Looking for Organizers!

Are you a people person? Are you passionate about grassroots movements, Maker Culture and DIY? Do you have any experience organizing and co-ordinating large groups of people? (Anywhere from 30-200)? If so, we want to hear from you!

Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is gearing up for 2013 and we are looking for a Volunteer Co-ordinator, Programming Co-ordinator and Performer Co-ordinator. If you are interested in any of these roles, please submit a resume and coverletter to info@makerfaire.ca titled, “I want to help Organize Vancouver Mini Maker Faire!”

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Got Craft? at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

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Image Credit: jeanie.stu-dio.com

New for 2013: Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is teaming up with Got Craft? to create a specially curated crafting section at the event.

What is Got Craft?

Got Craft? aims to bring together a community that fosters handmade and D.I.Y. culture by supporting like-minded events such as DIY @ Museum of Vancouver, the Austin, TX and Vancouver Premiere of Handmade Nation, Swap-O-Rama-Rama 2009 and 2010, Vancouver Mini Maker Faire and the Sweetie Pie Press 2011 Summer Craft Tour. We wanted to curate a boutique event to showcase some of our favourite handmade artists and provide Vancouver the opportunity to shop for one of a kind goods and meet the makers in person to talk about their creative processes.

Want to participate in this opportunity?

Don’t delay, apply now.







March 25th Marks the Deadline for Call For Makers Applications

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Calling all tech-tinkerers, crafters, performers, giant robots, musicians and beyond! The deadline for our Call For Makers is quickly approaching, and will be closing on March 25th. Have a project to share? Don’t delay, sign up now. Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is a community-run event aimed at bringing together Makers, Doers, and Creatives for a weekend of sharing knowledge, inspiring each other, exhibiting projects, and community building. It showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers – anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

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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!







Calling all teen crafters, knitters, crocheters and seamsters!







Young Makers has a home!