Build Your Own Lo-Fi Audio Sampler with Timothy Tate

Sat 22 Jun | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm


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Build Your Own Lo-Fi Audio Sampler
Sat 22 Jun 2024

In this workshop led by Timothy Tate, you will explore the functionality and creative possibilities of the venerable ISD1820 voice recorder chip, and construct a unique lo-fi audio sampler instrument with various performance controls including body contacts and light sensors, as well as trigger / gate and CV control over the sampling and playback speed via an external sequencer or synth module.

The ISD1820 has found its way into the heart of many DIY synth projects and is favoured for its uniquely distorted and noisy tone, as well as its sound-warping capabilities.

This workshop will feature version 3 of the Lo-Fi Audio Sampler, version 1 having debuted at Timothy Tate’s workshop in October 2023. Version 3 boasts several new features such as a new PCB board design, improved sampling control, audio input via 3.5mm jack in addition to an onboard microphone, and interfacing capabilities with external hardware.

Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to learn about electronic circuit design by assembling their own lo-fi audio sampler and leveraging the creative potential within the ISD1820. 

The workshop is limited to 10 participants. Suitable for those with an interest in electronic and experimental music or sound design. Previous experience with electronics and music performance is beneficial but not essential. All materials are provided and participants will keep what they make.

About the workshop leader:

Timothy Tate is an Australian creative technologist, researcher, composer and performer who makes use of obsolete recording technologies — magnetic tape/floppy disk drives, primitive sampling devices, CD Players — which he circuit-bends and uses in combination with his own hand-built electronics, to create notated compositions, immersive live performances, experimental electronic instruments and site-specific work. His music often explores notions of ‘composed glitch’ and weaves together complex feedback loops to create rich sonic landscapes. He holds a Master of Music in Composition with Distinction, in addition to a second study in Viola, from the Royal Academy of Music, London and is a current PhD candidate at Griffith University (Queensland Conservatorium of Music | Queensland College of Art), where he is also a Sessional Academic, teaching music, sound art and design. Timothy also runs the creative space in Yeerongpilly, Brisbane, which focuses on workshops and creative outputs incorporating obsolete media and electronics.