Soundlab is one of the 24 +Colabor modules that offer the opportunity to practice other disciplines and media, reflect on design processes in depth and learn new methods. In this specific SoundLab module, students build an electronic instrument, explore its sonic universe, and share their results with others.


TARGET LEVEL university
IDEAL AGE 20-99 years
GROUP SIZE 8-20 people
DURATION 6 weeks
REQUIREMENTS computer skills, bring your own device

+ Create an electronic instrument
+ Explore its sound universe
+ Share their results with others

Students learn how to build an electronic instrument and how to explore and present it acoustically. They learn how to handle tools and equipment in various inputs with group exercises. In self-study, artistic positions are investigated by means of research, then discussed and debated in the group. Autodidactic learning as well as peer learning is specifically encouraged (e.g. with skill shares) in order to acquire specific skills and to stimulate exchange among each other (network thinking). Hacking, appropriation (DIY), and trial & error are taught as methods to advance students’ own work in the design process. Students are able to use these strategies for themselves and combine theory inputs with practical elements. They also develop skills in presentation and performance.

In smaller blocks, introduction to electronics, soldering, audio recording & DAW will be taught. Where desired and necessary, deepening into CAD drawing, laser cutter and 3D printing can take place. The introductions are combined with practical exercises, which are also deepened in self-study or in the group. Parts of the exercises can be used in the own realization and inspire the project. In addition to the practical introductions, various artistic positions are worked through by the students in short presentations and presented to the others. This forms the basis for the joint analysis and discussion of various works. Further guided group work takes place in which the students are sensitized in their perception and with regard to the final presentations.

In self-study, the brainstorming takes place, which is formulated in writing and presented orally. The project plan should serve as a guide or compass to help the students with the implementation. At regular intervals, short presentations (jam sessions) take place among each other, in which ideas can be exchanged and new directions can be taken. In individual discussions, students receive tips and suggestions for the realization as well as the final presentation. The students decide for themselves how they want to present their instrument, setup, installation oder sound track.