Free Circuit Workshop Series: Dmitry Morozov aka ::Vtol::

The Sound Scanner

6. - 7. September 2016
Ljubljana, Slovenia

This is a workshop intended for musicians and technology and DIY enthusiasts. During the two days, the participants create a small sonic instrument, which will convert small objects with a rough surface into sound.

Building sonic instruments workshop with Russian artist Dmitry Morozov - Vtol.


The core idea for the workshop is taken from Vtol's project Ra. Ra is a sound object / synthesizer which uses laser for scanning the irregularities of the surface of the pyrite disc and further transforms this data to produce sound. Pyrite disc is a rare form of pyrite which is crystallized in radial shape (as unusual disc spherulites) which also was named ‘pyrite suns’ or ‘pyrite dollars’.

The main part of the project is a DIY laser pickup, which will pick up the reflected light of the laser beam from the uneven surface and turn it into data. To enter data into a computer Arduino will be used. Sound and control logic will made in Pure Data software. It also assumes version without a computer, which will use Arduino to control simple analog synthesizer – both variants are not mutually exclusive. Also 2 motors will be used – one stepper motor to rotate the object, and the second – the servo motor to control the pickup.

The artist considers this project to be a landmark for him, as he united several practices and technical skills which he was working on in the last years – as well as the new resources and ideas which he approach for the first time. I.e. – creation of the synthesizers and sound objects, collecting minerals, topic of rotation, Pure Data programming, Arduino and Python, working with servo and stepper motors, Raspberry Pi and lasers, etc.



About the mentor

Dmitry Morozov aka Vtol (RU), is a Moscow-based media artist, musician and engineer of strange-sounding mechanisms. He implements his ideas in technological art: robotics, sound art, science art. In the beginig of the millennium Dmitry started actively using his DIY and circuit-bent instruments for his own music projects, as well as making instruments for other musicians and media artists. Besides making music and instruments, Dmitry creates audiovisual art installations and promotes circuit bending and DIY electronics through lectures and workshops.

He took part in 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, festivals Archstoyanie and CTM (Germany), exhibitions at such prominent venues as: NCCA (Moscow), MMOMA (Moscow), Central Exhibition Hall Manege (Moscow), Laboratoria Art&Science Space (Moscow), Electromuseum (Moscow), Garage museum of contemporary art (Moscow), ZKM (Germany), Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (USA). Laureate of Sergei Kuryokhin Prize (2013), Prix Cube (France, 2014). Honorary mentions of the VIDA 16.0 (Spain, 2014), Ars Electronica (Austria, 2015).

DATES: 6 & 7 September at 15:00-21:00
MENTOR: Dmitry Morozov - Vtol
LOCATION: Poligon, Tobačna 5, 1000 Ljubljana
REGISTRATION: delavnica [at]
The number of participants is limited. No previous skills are needed, newbies are welcome.

Read more at Ljudmila Wiki >

The workshop is part of Ljudmila's Free-Circuit workshop series >

The workshop is a collaboration between Zavod Projekt Atol, Ljudmila Lab and Poligon and is a part of Changing Weathers programme, with financial support from Ministry of Culture and Municipality of Ljubljana, Department for Culture.













From the Book

  • Dark Ecological Chocolate

    Timothy Morton

    Dark Ecological Chocolate

    Dark ecology starts off dark as in depressing. Then it becomes dark as in mysterious. Then it ends dark as in sweet dark chocolate. In this lecture I'm going to provide an experiential map of dark...

  • Nikel — The City as a Material

    An interview with Tatjana Gorbachewskaja

    Nikel — The City as a Material

    Tatjana Gorbachewskaja is an architect who grew up in the Russian town Nikel, located in the far North near the Russian border with Norway. For Dark Ecology Project she researched the materials of...

  • What Is Dark Ecology?

    Timothy Morton

    What Is Dark Ecology?

    In this essay, which draws on his book Dark Ecology, For a Logic of Coexistence, Timothy Morton — who originally coined the term dark ecology — explains what dark ecology is. He also argues how...

All episodes

Search Changing Weathers Episodes by keyword