Printer Jam: Get a grip on everyday life with OSC

Riviera Taylor and Rosa Schuurmans

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Not sure what to do with your discarded, never working, inkjet printers? Rosa Schuurmans and Riviera Taylor combine the sound of printers with the craft of live coding. Together they hack discarded printers and connect them to live coding environments on computers to generate analogue sounds from digital messages. Printer Jam welcomes familiar, mechanical quirks and the inherent noise of printers. Who knew a printhead could make a banging kick drum?

During the performance we'll dive into the inner workings of the project, which is built upon FLOSS technologies such as Tidal Cycles, Open Sound Control and the Arduino ecosystem. Through combining these technologies, Printer Jam foregrounds the surprisingly accessible and flexible OSC specification. Which patterns create the most "interesting" sounds? What OSC messages can you send to create those snappy percussive elements? Or, will everything result in just another printer jam....?

* No ink was spilled during the performance.