The organisation of Sónar has announced the first parallel activities to be held at the 2012 edition, within the framework of SonarPro. On the one hand we have the return of Music Hack Day, organised along with the Music Technology Group of Pompeu Fabra University. This workshop will encourage a group of hackers – accompanied by artists – to build the next generation of music applications for different supports (web, mobile, software or hardware; anything goes, as long as it’s related to music) during a 24-hour period. The event will take place from the 14th to 15th June in the Auditorium of the CCBB and it will include 24 hours of hacking sessions, API workshops, final presentations of the results obtained and the awarding of prizes for the best creations. The application period will be opening soon.
On the other hand, Sónar also presents Dirty Electronics: Mute Synth, a workshop open to the public organised by Dirty Electronics, which will be repeated over the course of the three days of the festival. Those who register for the program will learn to set up and assemble the parts of a Mute Synth, which they will be able to take home with them when the event is over. This instrument - designed by Adrian Shaughnessy in collaboration with Mute Records and produced by Dirty Electronics - has the shape of a printed card, without buttons, and it allows the creation and sequencing of sounds from the tactile manipulation of the circuits printed on the surface. The workshop will last for four hours and will be held on the first floor of the CCCB. Also, on the first day there will be a demonstration of the product in Pati de les Dones. Those interested in taking part in the workshop must register in advance, choosing the day that they are interested in (14th, 15th or 16th June from 2pm to 6 pm) and pay 38 euros. Spots are limited (25 students per session), so if you like the idea, send an e-mail to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.