Michael Johnsen: Have Your Way With Mics and Speakers!

Pittsburgh’s own circuit-bending master Michael Johnsen presented a workshop on how to Have Your Way With Mics and Speakers! in October of 2010.

Michael Johnsen is most known for his arsenal of small analog electronic devices which are usually hidden under a maze of patch cables. All of this extensive patching creates some rather idiosyncratic and transient sounds during live performance – but Michael embraces complex interactions and sometimes failing modes, embracing the dirt in pure electronics. As an antidote to all that wire, he is equally devoted to the singing (bowed) saw, a simple folk instrument.

Michael’s workshop was presented in collaboration with Pittsburgh’s VIA Music & New Media Festival.