Random String: Graham Dunning : Mechanical Techno Workshop

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
£10.00 / £13.00

This Event is Part of-Random String Festival, Coventry 16-18 November

The biennial festival of arts, play and technology returns to venues across Coventry. Performances, exhibitions and workshops in unexpected places with music, dance, visual arts and making for all the family to enjoy and explore together.

Random String is produced by Ludic Rooms, a non-profit postdigital arts organisation. We believe in empowering communities to become co-creators of work, in collaborating with partners across disciplines and demystifying the use of technologies as creative material.
For more information go to: https://randomstring.co/

Graham Dunning : Mechanical Techno Workshop

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Graham Dunning brings to Random String  his unique approach to music making; which he describes as ,  ‘Mechanical Techno’.
Following a demonstration of the workings of the mechanical techno setup, participants will make three different types of modified record, each making rhythmical sounds in a different way. Live samples from second-hand vinyl; patterned disks that optically trigger a bass-synth; and pegged-out records for sequenced drum beats.

Finally, each set of three disks will be combined in the tower to create a playable machine-composition.
Participants take away a digital recording of their track and keep any records they’ve made (or ruined).

“If the trend in recent dance music has been to artfully engineer a certain wonkiness into an otherwise strict digital framework, Dunning has found the appeal of the precise reverse: struggling to maintain grid-like rigidity in a system inherently antagonistic to it.” – Wire Magazine, August 2015
Graham Dunning is self-taught as an artist and musician having studied neither discipline academically. His live work explores sound as texture, timbre and something tactile, drawing on bedroom production, tinkering and recycling found objects.


The Herbert Art Gallery