Shackle has been teaching Converging Objects workshops since 2010. Converging Objects is a series of workshops for acoustic musicians who improvise and use live electronics in their own setups, those who play with other musicians using electronics, or electronic musicians who improvise and work with acoustic players. As part of Converging Objects we introduce concepts and techniques for ensemble playing for both acoustic and electronic musicians. We encourage all participants to play their instruments and work with us on free and guided improvisation as well as developing approaches to using live electronics.
For us, the workshops also function as platform to test and improve our Shackle System. We regularly use the Shackle Multiplayer Music Game as exercise for the participants, and we use our Shackle System to structure the presentations at the end of the workshop. In that respect the Converging Objects workshops are an integral part of our Shackle Affair project. We have been adjusting our Shackle System to provide useful interfaces for the participants to work with.
Converging Objects workshops in 2012:
- BrokkenFabriek, Amsterdam – March 2012
- New Zealand School of Music, Wellington – Sept 2012
- Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane – Sept 2012
- Elder Conservatorium of Adelaide – Sept 2012
- UNDER_SCORED festival, Brisbane – Sept 2012
- Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE – Sept 2012
- Centro Cultural São Paulo – Sept 2012
- Brussels Conservatory – Nov 5/6, 2012
- Art & Media Technology, Utrecht – Dec 2012