A bazaar of bizarre electronics at ESS
On Saturday from noon till 6 PM, Experimental Sound Studio in Ravenswood hosts its fourth annual Experimental Garage Sale.
- Alex Inglizian
Unatronics offers a handheld optical theremin called the Beep-It and a simple sequencer called the Seeq-It, among other devices; Cordinated makes colorful yarn-wrapped audio cables. Tim Kaiser from Duluth, Minnesota, builds electronic instruments that double as art objects, including electric kalimbas and a "Chime Box" of repurposed wood, whose five "jingle mechanisms" each have their own volume control. The folks from GetLoFi in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sell components, customized instuments, and circuit-bending kits and also maintain a blog with "tips and resources for beginners and pros." The sale includes a raffle for prizes donated by the vendors, and all proceeds from raffle tickets go to ESS.
On Sunday afternoon ESS launches a monthly series of five circuit-bending workshops taught by Patrick McCarthy of the duo Roth Mobot, who are among the vendors at the sale; classes are $40 each ($35 for students and ESS members), $160 for all five. —Peter Margasak