Build an Expressive Midi Controller with Tara Pattenden

Date: Saturday, April 9th at MESS
Time: 11.00a
m – 5.00pm (with a one hour break at 1pm)
Limited to 8 individuals

  • MESS members $77 incl. GST (enter member workshop discount code at checkout – contact us if you require the member code)

  • Non-members $99 incl. GST

Join Brisbane-based artist, creative technologist and educator, Tara Pattenden, for a fun and hands-on building workshop during her residency at MESS!

In this workshop, participants will use a small microcontroller to build an expressive midi controller. Using your choice of motion, light and touch sensors you can get creative to design your own custom controller.

You will learn:
– Introduction to midi
– Introduction to coding concepts
– An understanding of basic electronic circuits

This workshop is suitable for participants aged 18+ of all skill levels. It is useful if you have some experience with midi but that is not essential.

What to bring:
All building materials are provided. Participants will need to bring:

1. A laptop with Chrome installed. We will use web midi to create the sound and you will need to have Chrome installed on your laptop. You will also be able to connect to software such as Reaper or Ableton Live.

2. An object to use as your controller. For this object it may be something wearable, like a glove, a fun object such as a soft toy or something that you can move around. Note: there will be some objects available for you to use if you can’t find something at home.

Tea, coffee and water will be provided throughout the workshop. Please bring your own lunch or snacks for the lunch break.

About Tara Pattenden:
Tara Pattenden is an artist, creative technologist and educator who produces work that engages the audience through encouraging play and democratising creativity. Working across diverse media including sculpture, soft circuitry, bio art and creative coding, Tara is a Brisbane based artist who performs and exhibits internationally. Her work has been featured at Tectonics in Glasgow and Novas Frequencias in Rio de Janeiro as well as recent temporary public art works across Brisbane. She has run workshops worldwide including at the Onassis Foundation in Athens and the V&A Museum in London. Under the moniker Phantom Chips, Tara performs with her handmade wearable tactile synths that can be stretched and squeezed to create sound. During the performance she invites the audience to join in to wear and play her synths.

Tara is the founder of Cyber Palace, a space for workshops, meetups and projects centered around creative technologies. She teaches in a range of creative technologies at RMIT and the Queensland College of Art. She builds and sells a range of electronic instruments including the Lerango Drone, Noisy Bstrd and the Grim Beeper.

Photos: Fransisco Costa

PLEASE READ: As per CovidSafe settings for Creative Studios, you must present proof of vaccination (or a valid medical exemption) to enter MESS and attend this workshop. Please see MESS’s CovidSafe Settings here. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for your cooperation.