An artist working with electronics and electronic media, based in Brooklyn, NY

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Glitch Textiles at the 3rd Ward Holiday Craft Fair

3rd Ward, an awesome multi-disciplinary workspace and education center where I teach circuit classes, is hosting their annual Holiday Craft Fair.

December 15
12:00 – 6:00pm
195 Morgan Ave Brooklyn, NY 11237

I’ll have a selection of over 20 Glitch Blankets and will be offering prints as well as 5% discounts for members of 3rd Ward and followers of Year of the Glitch (if you’re both, take an additional 5% off the first 5% discount!). You must have proof of your 3rd Ward membership, or the Year of the Glitch code to receive either discount.

Not a follower of Year of the Glitch? Go here!

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DIY Renewable Electricity: Solar and Dynamos

DIY Renewable Electricity: Solar and Dynamos
a class taught by Phillip Stearns @ 3rd Ward

Where does your electricity come from?

To contextualize the complexities of energy production we’ll look at the life cycle of the materials and energy used to harness electrical energy from our environment. We will investigate the most prevalent electricity generation methods and the industrial processes involved in mining, refining and burning the fuels used in each. We will then create our own renewable power generators as an alternative means of powering our energy-hungry electronics.

In this workshop we will focus on creating a small solar array strong enough to charge a couple of AA batteries. We will also build simple dynamo generators that convert a permanent magnet DC motor in a device that generates electricity from mechanical energy. These power sources can be used in future electronics workshops offered at 3rd Ward.


Phillip Stearns is a practitioner of sonic and visual arts; music composer and performer; electronics sculptor and installation artist. He views technology as a site for exploring the global society-environment system and how changes in the relationship between society and environment manifest in our technology—particularly as solutions to a cascading set of problems created by contemporary culture. Through the medium of networked systems, his work explores the horizons of information, politics, noise, control, proximity, subversion, corruption, interconnectedness and interrelatedness. Central to his practice as a visual artist and a performer are the use of custom electronics, hand-craft, hardware hacking, media technologies and iterative processes marked by a judicial use of materials, restraint, simplicity, a careful balance between conceptual depth and playfulness. He has presented, performed, lectured, exhibited, led workshops and screened works at various festivals, conferences, residencies, museums and institutions around the US, Latin America and Northern Europe.

Enroll in the DIY Renewable Electricity Workshop today:

3rd Ward Basic/Custom Member Price: $80 + $50 Materials Fee
Nonmember Price: $100 + $50 Materials Fee

Vote for DCP Series

Please show your support by voting for my portfolio in 3rd Ward’s Solo Show Competition by clicking HERE.  You can vote once a day.  The works are selected images from the DCP Series and are created using various circuit bent Kodak DC series cameras.

Proto-chiptune 100% Solar Powered @ Maker Faire

Maker Faire 2011 in NYC is chock full of some amazing projects.  The sheer quantity and variety of makers showcasing work is staggering.  To see everything is definitely more than a two day affair.  This year I was invited to present a self-built solar powered music making system for 3rd Ward, where I currently teach the art of making DIY Synthesizers and small scale solar charging systems.

This solar music making station (Protochiptune Project) is powered by a Voltaic Systems 15 Watt panel connected to a 7.5Ah 12V Seal Lead Acid Battery.  A 10A solar charge controller does all the power management to drive the music synthesizer’s three 5 Watt amplifiers.  The microchips used are from the 4000 series CMOS digital logic family, including such chips as: hex inverting buffer (40106), 12-bit binary counter (4040), 8-to-1 selector switch (4051), quad 2-input AND gate (4081), and divide by n counter (4018).  These chips are used together to produce a range of pitches and rhythms that can be sequenced or programmed by moving jumper cables on the breadboard, making a mini patchable modular synth.

At Maker Faire, kids were really attracted to the crazy jams coming out of this thing.  Those who were bold enough were allowed to move some of the jumpers around on the board and make up their own musical patterns.

DIY Synthesizer Class @ 3rd Ward

Self-Built CMOS Music Pattern Generator/Synthesizer

Self-Built CMOS Music Pattern Generator/Synthesizer

Get ready!  If you’re interested in learning how to make your own electronic musical instruments (and live in New York), I’m going to be offering my DIY Synthesizer class at 3rd Ward.  This will be a 4-class session taught on Tuesdays September 13, 20, 27, October 4 in the evenings from 7p to 10p.

We’ll start with the basics of electronics and move quickly into building very simple sound circuits.  In addition to learning  basic electronics concepts, how to identify components, what those components do, and how to read and write schematics you’ll take home your own self-built synthesizer based on circuits and applications taught during the course.  For more details and course signup, click here.

This course has been offered at Harvestworks twice before.  Here is some video of really incredible student work done during the course: