Monthly Archives: March 2014

Workshops at the 2014 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

We’re delighted to announce the exciting mix of workshops happening at this year’s Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire. There’s an array of activities on offer, with workshops from makers in a variety of different disciplines. A selection of activities are available to be pre-booked in advance and there’s also loads of activities where you simply drop-in on the day.

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Families book their place to try out some soap making, building their own bird box, making their own accordion book or lampshade. Older makers can create their own silver ring, capacitive sensing arduino or learn how to use a sewing machine.

Or, if you’re just planning to drop-in on the day, don’t miss your chance to make a monster, discover the art of Chinese knotting or craft a parasite!

Tickets are now on sale for bookable workshops – see our workshops page for a full list of the activities on offer and information on how to book.

Bringing back the One Man Band

Today we’re focusing on a musical maker – Citizen Bravo, a one man band created by Matt Brennan (formerly of Scottish indie group Zoey Van Goey) in collaboration with artisan blacksmith David Frazier.

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The kit includes a suitcase bass drum, a skateboard keyboard stand, and customizable modular arm sockets to host additional instruments (such as a snare drum and ukulele).  See how it all goes together in the video below:

Matt is also interested in the wider resurgence of one man bands in popular culture, and as a music researcher at the University of Edinburgh he is exploring how their renewed popularity relates to concerns ranging from the aesthetic (total creative autonomy), the romantic (the image of the lone troubadour), the technological (the mass production of live looping software and pedals), and the economic (no bandmates with whom to split income at a time when traditional revenue streams, especially recording sales, have dwindled).

Join Matt at the Mini Maker Faire to see this marvellous musical machinery close up and chat about the wonders of the one man band!

Maker Focus: Noisy Toys

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting articles in our blog which give you some more information on the Makers who will be participating in this year’s Faire.

First up it’s newcomers Noisy Toys who are making their first Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire appearance in 2014.

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Noisy Toys produce unique instruments and interactive installations to encourage learning through the creative exploration of sound and promote upcycling to find new noisy uses for junk.

At the Faire, they will be inviting visitors to get creative, join the jam and MAKE SOME NOISE!

You can make beautiful music (or just a racket!) with an instrument built from their crates of ‘acoustic junk’ and learn about sound waves, vibrations, amplification, circuits, electrical conductivity and resistance. Also catch their Audio Assault Buddy as it makes its way round, loaded with strange and wonderful sonic weaponry and a punchy sound system and conducts experiments on unsuspecting passers-by.

Noisy Toys will have you getting into the groove and making an array of sounds in no time!