Create your own littleBits Orchestra!

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This workshop created a 20-piece Synth Kit orchestra which was conducted using flashcards and hand signals. The events were run 2014 and 2015 during MakeMusicNewYork, which is a live, free musical celebration held on June 21, the longest day of the year, with over 1,000 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the five boroughs.

If I offer more workshops, either at MakeMusicNY or at other places, I’d probably advertise it at littleBits and on my website first:

Using flashcards and hand signals, Hans Tammen has created large multi-movement pieces with large ensembles of electronic instruments for over a decade. As part of this year’s MakeMusicNY he worked with an ensemble of Korg littleBits synthesizer players.

Photographs provided by HarvestWorks Digital Media Arts Center:

Duration: 1- 2 hours

High School (ages 14-17)
College/University (age 18+)


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STEP 1 : Introduce the littleBits Synth Kits

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Introduce participants to the Synth Kits. Allow 10-15 minutes for trying out different combinations of modules and adjusting pitch, tune, waveform etc.

STEP 2 : Conduct the Orchestra

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Using flashcards and hand signs, lead participants in conducting the orchestra. See Hans Tammen’s video below as a reference.

STEP 3 : Document and Share

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Take pictures and videos to document and share the outcomes.