Workshop on Surface Transducers in Music and Sound Art
August 17-18, 2019
CNMAT, 1750 Arch St., Berkeley
Instructor: Matthew Goodheart
Guest artist: David Coll, Composer & Sound Artist
Fee: $150

Surface tranducers, also called surface speakers or sound exciters, have seen a sharp rise in use by composers, improvisers, and sound artists in recent years. This hands-on two-day workshop provides an introduction to the use of surface transducers, also called surface speakers or sound exciters, in music composition, sound art, and installation. Over the course of the workshop students will:


    • Learn about historical and recent transducer-based works


    • Learn the basics of how transducers work and how to set up a practical system


    • Learn about the different types of transducers and how to match the type of transducer to the desired use


    • Engage in a guided set of hands-on projects to explore the uses and possibilities of transducer-based music and sound art


    • Be introduced to advanced techniques, including multichannel/multi-object systems, computer modeling of resonant objects, and “reembodied sound” practices

Workshop attendees will be provided with all necessary hardware and software, which they will be able to take home with them. This event is designed as an introduction, and no necessary prior experience is necessary. However, artists already working with transducers are welcome to attend and bring their projects if appropriate. The weekend will include installations and presentations of works by several artists, as well as a final night bbq!   

  • Matthew Goodheart has been pursuing transducer-based music and sound installation for over a decade, with works featured internationally in festivals such as MaerzMusik, the Spark Festival, and Estate Fiorentine. He is the director of the "New York Transduction Festival," and was the conference organizer of “Reembodied Sound: a symposium of transducer based sonic art” at Columbia University. He is an Assistant Professor of Music Composition at Rennselaer Polytechnic University.

    SEATING IS LIMITED! To reserve a space, please contact Richard Andrews:

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Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10:00am to Sunday, August 18, 2019 8:00pm
1750 Arch St
Berkeley, CA
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