29 September 2018 | 14:00 - 30 September 2018 | 18:00

Make Music With Lights

  • WORKSHOP  (8hours/2days)
  • Level: beginners 
  • Date & time: 29 Sept (14:00 - 18:00) & 30 Sept (14:00 - 18:00)
  • Costs: 90 euro
  • Max number of participants:  14 people
  • Book your reservation on eventbrite: click here
  • Contact: xname@xname.cc

this workshop is part of Sonic Vibration series curated by Alfredo Ciannameo with the kind support of Musikfonds & Re-Imagine Europe project (funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union).

In this workshop participants will be guided to the construction of a simple sound instrument which selectively detects electromagnetic frequencies and transforms them into audible waves. As these frequencies (microwaves) are commonly used in everyday electronic appliances, the ether of urban environments is perturbed by them. The instrument amplifies only the prevalent signal, and this changes in time, ultimately creating alien melodies that represent an invisible aspect of the space around us.


  • Construction of a simple instrument using electromagnetic field
  • Basic of electronics and soldering for beginners
  • Reading schematics and reproducing a circuit What happens inside?
  • Oscillators and logic gates Modifying a circuit and fine tuning your noise
  • Sensing systems and LDR (light dependent resistors)
  • Resources will be delivered before and after the class.

All components will be provided. Participants keep what they make.



  • Imagining a live set using a choreography of lights and the oscillators constructed.
  • Composition and synaesthesia with light controlled electronics
  • Understanding frequencies in terms of colour and sound
  • Melody as colour, beat as pulsation
  • Manipulating interferences
  • Expression, gesture and interaction in performance
  • Rhythm, tempo, syncopation, cacophony
  • Examples from contemporary composers
  • Aesthetics: analog synths and generated sounds
  • working with silence and granularity
  • overlapping and subtracting textures
  • Techno, noise, musique concrete
  • timbral and vertical music

The day will start with a short lecture (optical music and live composition). The focus of the day will be on practicing with the instruments created, imagining a system of notation for live performance. Participants will learn how to construct a live composition. 



About the workshop holder

xname is a solo project by Eleonora Oreggia, a London based conceptual electronic artist from Milan, currently fully funded PhD candidate in Media & Arts Technology at Queen Mary University of London. She makes performances and interactive installations. Her live compositions transform light and other electromagnetic frequencies in sound waves through self built synthesizers and complex semi chaotic machines. She is also the founder of Nebularosa, a record label promoting music that challenges the established modes of music production.