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The Great & Grand Rumpus: Arduino

Over two weeks on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and a Saturday The Edge will be hosting free workshops and the opportunity to play and program lights and sound using Arduino micro-controller platform

It is a part of the Great and Grand Rumpus program (GGR). We wrote a little bit about this back in May: Let the wild rumpus start!

These workshops are for all ages 16+

Arduino 101: Focus on the basics
Monday 2nd July 4-7 pm
Tell us you’re coming!

Arduino skills in motion: Program lights and sounds for GGR
Saturday 7th July 10-1 pm
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Arduino Intermediate: Make things glow and move!
Monday 9th July 4-7 pm
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Tinker Tuesday: Tinker with your new skills!
Tuesday 3rd & 10th July 4-6 pm
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Hack the evening: Make things in our lab!
Thursday 5th & 12th July 6-8 pm
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Let the wild Rumpus start!

The Great and Grand Rumpus is coming…

Since March, you may have seen we have been designing and building a number of installations here at The Edge. First up there was a plus one for cardboard Kaiju, a light installation, and currently a large scale sign. All of these have been building towards The Great and Grand Rumpus!

Cue celebrations and more cardboard!

Great and Grand Rumpus (GGR) what?

GGR is a large scale installation that will come from the imaginations of children and will take over level one of The Edge in July!

Children’s imaginary worlds will be captured through a design and play process and then

Design students will input the children’s ideas into design tools and

Fabricators will fabricate them and a writer will capture the emerging narratives!

Then, (yes there’s more) the installation worlds will slowly grow and come to life. Enter young people and then adults (in that order) who will respond to and add to the children’s ideas using projection, sound and electronics.

The process will culminate in a celebration where the worlds will be handed back to children to play and celebrate in with the broader community.

Would you like to join in the rumpus?

If you are a student or designer, join Mondays here.

If you are a fabricator, join us on Thursdays here.

#ggrumpus #madeattheedge

Announcement Post – A change of release times for courses and workshops


We’re about to make a change to the date and time of our course and workshop releases, and we wanted to give you the heads up!

Normally, courses and workshops are released four times a year: January, April, July, and September. The quarterly release in January, April, July and September align with the monthly e-newsletter for those months, which is published on the third Tuesday of the month at 10am.

We’ve taken on board feedback from our community regarding accessibility to book at 10am, and have made a change to the release schedule.

From next month, when we release our third round of courses and workshops for the year, the e-newsletter will be published on Tuesday 18 July (the third Tuesday of the month), with a full list of new offerings, and then courses and workshops will open two days later, on Thursday 20 July, at 6pm. Moving forward, this will be the new release timing.

Inductions. We haven’t forgotten about them! Inductions are released on a different schedule to courses and workshops, as the offering is different. Currently, Inductions are released monthly, in-line with the e-newsletter, on the third Tuesday of the month at 10am. This excludes the months of July and December when we don’t run inductions.

From next month, inductions will be released, still monthly, but two days after the e-newsletter and at 6pm. For example, the e-newsletter will be published on Tuesday 18 July, and inductions will open for bookings on Thursday 20 July, at 6pm – the same as the example above.

Below is a draft schedule, which explains the dates and timing above. Please keep in mind that this may change, as dates may be tweaked and circumstances change. During the year, if you’re unsure when the next release of courses, workshops or inductions might be, please give us a call on 07 3842 9400.


If you have any feedback on this change, we would love to hear from you – post below or send us an email at what.the@edgeqld.org.au


Month E-news published Inductions Courses/Workshops
June 2017 20/6 Nil Nil
July 2017 18/7 Released at 6pm on 20/7 for offerings in August Released at 6pm on 20/7 for offerings in August and September
August 2017 15/8 Released at 6pm on 17/8 for offerings in September Nil
September 2017 19/9 Released at 6pm on 21/9 for offerings in October Released at 6pm on 21/9 for offerings in October and November
October 2017 17/10 Released at 6pm on 19/10 for offerings in November Nil
November 2017 21/11 Nil Some Christmas workshops may be released on  23/11




DNA Jewellery

Pendant with green bean DNA.

Pendant with green bean DNA.

The DNA jewellery workshop is going ahead again this weekend.  This workshop will show participants how to extract DNA from different materials using common household materials including salt, detergent and rubbing alcohol.  The workshop will also include an overview of key terms and some interesting info about DNA — paticularly how little we still know about the complex interconnections between genes, heredity and environment.  So not only will participants gain knowledge, they will also walk away with a DNA jewellery piece.

Our jewellery supplies arrived this week and we are super excited about offering a few different options for people.  Participants will now be able to choose from two necklace designs but there is also a pretty darn snazzy key ring option for anyone less inclined towards jewellery.

At present the workshop is sold out, but if there is enough interest, we will most likely run it again in the near future.  You can also add your name to the waiting list and The Edge will contact you if a place becomes available.

Plug-ins. From the ridiculous to the ridiculously expensive…

At the workshop on the weekend I gave a quick overview of writing music with the inbuilt instruments in Pro Tools. We didn’t really have time to explore the world of 3rd party software, so I thought I’d post a few resources for RTAS and VST plug-ins.  These plug-ins are often cross-platform, mac or pc, and whatever program you are using to write music there will be something useful, or at least quirky and fun.

First up is kvraudio, the grandaddy of plug-in sites. Basically if a plug-in exists, then it is on KVR somewhere. This is my favorite place to find whacked out sound creating (and destroying) tools.  There is an unusually useful site search engine here, which can be tweeked to show only free or unreleased plug-ins. Because of this site I was inspired (or fooled) into setting myself the challenge of writing for a kids TV series using only weird and wonderful sounds. I failed of course – but glitch , nutseq, polyiblit and drumatic were the soundtrack to my life for a while.

Cheap and blippy is not to your taste? Fancy yourself as the next Stravinsky? Then have a listen to the ‘Rite of Spring’ made using the Vienna Symphonic Library. Believe it or not, this is entirely programmed on a bunch of fast computers, using the VSL’s enormous, gigantic, huge, monstrously expensive sample library.  How big? Well the largest, most expensive version has over 1 million samples, on 42 DVDs. For the cost of a small car (about $15,ooo AUD) you can have virtual versions of pretty much every single orchestral instrument ever made.  The funny thing is – compared to actually recording a real orchestra of top players, or event the cost of a single good violin, 15k is a bargain.

Obviously, meticulously sampling real musicians is an expensive business, but there are some much cheaper sample libraries out there, like the Miroslav Philharmonik collection. If you hunt around you can find it for 1% of the price of the VSL monster collection, and its definitely not 99% worse.

Before you go installing the lastest crazy find – please remember that some of these freeware plug-ins can be …unpredictable…and its worthwhile taking note of what you’ve installed,  so you can trash it later just in case.

Happy plug-in hunting!

Pro Tools FAQ videos in Lab 3.

Hi all,

I’ve started doing screen capture videos as a FAQ for Lab 3. You can find them in the Movies folder on the Lab 3 computer – not online yet.

They are all “How do i?” type questions, and cover some basics of Pro Tools. Here is what Ive done so far;

01 Create new session, create and delete track
02 Import audio from finder
03 Find Audio in Region Bin and Finder
04 Switch between slip and grid, change to bars and beats
05 Switch to edit command focus and use tab to transient
06 Find 2 bars and separate
07 Turn on tempo ruler and identify beats
08 Set tempo for whole song and clean up start
09 Edit in grid mode and change grid value
10 Record a vocal
11 edit vocal using separate, trim and grab
12 Turn on elastic audio and edit vocal
13 Change to mix view and insert an eq
14 Insert Delay on a vocal.

Have a crack at them and let me know what you think!

Another Pro Tools workshop..

Bookings for the next Pro Tools workshop is now open! Due to demand we’ll be running the More than The Basics again, from 5:00 – 7:30 on the 11th of January. We are looking for people who missed out on the first round of workshops to register first.

Its (a)LIVE!

Abelton Live is probably the most adaptable and creative music software around. Used by everyone from Justice to Mogwai to deadmau5, now Ableton Live is on all the computers in Lab 1!  There are some workshops coming up in the new year, but in the meantime why not book a mac and go through the intro already built-in to Live? Then you check out some of the bazillion tips and tricks out there for this awesome program.

Two personal records…

I think I’ve just set a new personal record for number of genre’s hopped in one month of work and for number of double shot flat whites in a 24 hour period. First is good. Second is bad.

I’ve gone from a B105 charity rock song that needed a mix (and some severe autotune) to producing a song from a 15th century opera featuring seven sopranos in full voice (who definitely don’t need to be tuned) , to the tracking of some country rock in the leafy hills of Paddington,  to recording a  metal/hardcore band in an industrial no-man’s land on the gold coast.  Number of flat whites? Lets just say that I have ten coffee loyalty card in my wallet…

All great music (or for a great cause), but why am I ranting on about this? Well, if you attend a Pro Tools workshop, we can go through aspects of recording and production, using some of these sessions as examples of what to do (or not!) when faced with different musical genres.  Whatever your musical inclination you should be able to come away with a tip or two, and a better understanding of how to use Lab 3.

UPDATE :  December workshops are booked out, so keep your eyes peeled for the January workshops, and sign up for the newsletter for the latest updates.