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Totally Wired + BBC Radiophonic Workshop + CreateDigitalMusic

Saturday 25th October

Time: 10am-6pm (specific times tbc closer to fest)

The Digital Hub: The Auditorium, Digital Exchange, The Digital Hub, Crane St, Dublin 8

* Irish premiere of Totally Wired (documentary film about Schneider’s Bureau in Berlin, followed by Q+A from Andreas Schneider and director Niamh Ahern.)

* BBC Radiophonic Workshop presented by Dave Vorhaus and Mark Jenkins. (White Noise, UK).

* Workshop from FAW (Future Audio Workshop, Irl) with special guest Peter Kirn (Create Digital Music, USA)

Free Admission: to guarantee entry contact please to hold your place.

‘Totally Wired’ a documentary about Schneiders Bureau in Berlin - Director Niamh Ahern

Born in Dublin, Niamh Ahern studied Communications at Dublin City University, where her graduation film, shot on 8mm film, marked the beginning of an ongoing interest in small-formats and self-shooting. As a producer and director in RTÉ, she was an early adopter of DV technology, finding further inspiration and liberation in this format. Her documentary 21 Days from 2006 was produced in this vein. Shown by over twenty EBU broadcasters, it was selected for the New York Children’s Film Festival that year.

Ahern then moved to Berlin, where she now works as a freelance videojournalist and filmmaker. She has developed her voice as an outsider in Germany to tell stories of people and places from a different point of view. Her debut feature documentary Totally Wired is one such story, telling of synthesiser store owner Andreas Schneider, ensconced inside a crumbling socialist office block in former East Berlin, preaching the way of analogue to a loyal following of infamous electronic musicians. Against the backdrop of the digital revolution, Andreas worked hard to keep analogue alive. Daniel Miller, Ricardo Villalobos, Cassy and Max Loderbauer (amongst others) share their thoughts on Schneider and the future of analogue.

Trailer for ‘Totally Wired’ from niamhahern on Vimeo

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop presented by Dave Vorhaus and Mark Jenkins
The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, one of the sound effects units of the BBC, was created in 1958 to produce effects and new music for radio, and was closed in March 1998, although much of its traditional work had already been outsourced by 1995. It was based in the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios in Delaware Road, London, growing outwards from the then-legendary Room 13. The innovative music and techniques used by the Workshop has made it one of the most significant influences on Dave Vorhaus, the leading man of White Noise.

Originally a band project, but for 20 years the solo concern of American-born David Vorhaus – White Noise has been one of the premier names in innovative electronic music since the late 1960s. A lot of people only know his first magnificent lp An Electric Storm, but Vorhaus made a lot more. To begin with: White Noise 2 till 5.5. And a lot of library music on KPM, a.o. Out of the Dark, Sleight of Mind, Mind Games and Sound Conjurer, in collaboration with Dave Bradnum. Vorhaus studied both classical music (as a bassist) and electronics, and became interested in developing new styles of music while in London in the 1960s. Influenced by the classical avant-garde but also wishing to incorporate elements of pop music, he collaborated with several other musicians to create the first White Noise album (in fact credited to The White Noise) in 1968. On subsequent albums, as technology developed, Vorhaus was able to continue the project as a solo act, also developing a busy career in library music and TV themes. White Noise tracks with their quirky use of electronics, soundsamples and sequences are heard constantly around the world on TV documentaries, links and advertising, but the long form album projects White Noise 2 – Concerto for Synthesizer, White Noise 3 – Re-Entry, White Noise 4 – Inferno and White Noise 5 – Sound Mind extend the techniques and textures used to the maximum.

Future Audio Workshop
Future Audio Workshop is a pan-European collective of engineers, programmers and designers, with the main office based in Galway, Ireland. Formed in 2007, FAW’s main aim is to create and develop exciting new audio software for the international community of musicians, sound designers and live performance artists. This work has so far resulted in the release of ‘Circle’, a software synthesizer based on making sound design more accessible to the general computer musician.

Gavin Burke from Future Audio Workshop and Peter Kirn will hold an informal workshop on making music with your computer, giving advice on how to get setup and how to develop your own custom made audio tools

Create Digital Music
Peter Kirn is a composer, media artist and technology writer based in New York.
Peter publishes and edits the sites CreateDigitalMusic and CreateDigitalMotion and writes for MAKE, Macworld, Keyboard and Computer Music magazine. He is also the author of Real World Digital Audio, a book on making music with computers.

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