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Analog Neon

March 26th - April 9th
James Akers |

Let’s learn to make neon blink with early proto-synthesizers! By playing with analog control circuits and some basic sensors and knobs, we can make neon tubes flash in ways that respond to environmental interaction. This class will cover creating electrical circuits using both schematics/diagrams, electrical wires, CMOS logic IC chips, and soldering irons. We will learn to bend circuits with bent neon, and make neon blink using synthesizers. Students will be encouraged to ponder the possibilities of modern, physical, analog synth, and neon performances in today's revolution of pseudo digital modular synthesizers.

The “textbook” of this class will be Handmade Electronic Music by Nicholas Collins. Collins, a trained musician who stumbled into electronics via learning to build synthesizers, writes in an easily digestible way. His approach to electronics - often debugging by ear - is refreshingly visceral in a field often dominated by advanced mathematical formulas and sophisticated computer modeling. 

This is an in-person class taking place on-site at UrbanGlass. Health and safety guidelines will be emailed to you upon registration.

Proof of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine must be shown for in-person classes and studio access. Proof of vaccination* can be shown via:

  • CDC Paper Card
  • Digital Record or Copy of Vaccination Card
  • NYC COVID Safe App
  • Excelsior Pass

Please bring your vaccine record for a visual check on the first day of class. *Any WHO approved vaccines are accepted as part of the city’s order.

Class Schedule
  • 3 Sessions: March 26 — April 9
    Saturday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location
UrbanGlass Studio
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Instructor

James Akers

My name is James Akers, and I am an artist currently based in Brooklyn, New York where I work as a commercial neon bender and as a sculptor. I create dense, frenetically active sculptures that often incorporate neon and sound circuits.

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