Gear Talk: Creative and critical thinking with electronic music tools

With Tara Rodgers

Whether working with a minimal setup or in an elaborate studio, all electronic music makers face the same issues: making creative choices from the materials at hand, negotiating the designs of instruments, and improvising across differences of human and machine-based communications. One way to drive creative inspiration in music-making is to de-familiarize the instruments and tools that are most familiar to us. Focusing on common practices as well as defamiliarization tactics, the goals for this workshop are deceptively simple: to share knowledge and learn new things about music technologies from each other.

The session will begin with an artist talk that includes examples of music made with the programming language SuperCollider and various combinations of analog instruments and digital recording environments. We will then focus on exercises and discussions to draw out individual insights and collectively produced knowledge about working creatively with electronic music technologies.

This workshop is best suited to musicians and sound artists who are open to critical discussion of technologies, creative process and their own habits and methods. We will work to make a welcoming atmosphere in which divergent approaches are embraced and technical information is clear and accessible to everyone.

Electronic music makers of any skill level are welcome.


Due to the small group format of these events, workshops will require pre-registration. Registrations will take place in October 2016. Each Loop ticket holder will be able to register for one workshop.