25/06/10, 12:00-18:00

Build your own Electronic fun-box with Joker Nies & Rob Hordijk

In a one-day workshop, conducted by the buddies in electronic madness, Rob Hordijk and Joker Nies, participants will build an analog sound-device that is very different from what you usually will find with other DIY-kits.

The kit will ONLY be available through attending the workshop, it is not sold separately.

The Benjolin DIY-kit will be easy enough to build even for a beginner in electronics. After successfully building the instrument, which is guaranteed with the help of Rob and Joker, the workshop participants will take home a versatile and very unique analog synthesizer that can influence the behavior of other voltage-controlled modules through seven different control-voltages. It is also able to receive control-voltages for filter-frequency and both of its oscillators.

The Benjolin is a ‘noise box’ that is ‘bent by design’, meaning that it always has a definite amount of unpredictability while it is still intuitive to play. The Benjolin features two eighteen-octave range voltage controlled oscillators that drive a ‘rungler’ circuit, circuitry that in essence uses a special interference technique feeding back into the oscillators to force them into wild chaotic behaviour.

A special slightly chaotic filter is both excited and modulated by the signals from the rungler circuitry processes, producing sounds between fat drones to grungy noise havoc. The kit is somewhat more challenging to build compared to the Zeitgeist, but with a little patience and accuracy a beginner in DIY can definitely build it successfully.


Rob Hordijk (The Hague, Netherlands)

Originally a sculptor and jewelry designer, Rob has established himself over the years as an expert in sound synthesis techniques. In the last couple of years he specializes in hand-build analog electronic instruments that have distinct sonic signatures, instruments that are somewhere between musical instruments and objets d’art. His instruments are used in live performances by a number of established improvisers all over the planet. An example of an instrument designed by Rob is the Blippoo Box, featured in the upcoming 19th issue of Leonardo Music Journal. Rob has been teaching, lecturing and conducting workshops since 1983 at a number of institutes in The Netherlands, and occasionally in other places on this planet.

Joker Nies (Cologne, Germany)

He is a musician, sound-designer, sound-engineer, photographer and technical editor for the German Sound&Recording and Keyboards magazines. Recent activities include software synth-design in MAX/MSP for the German Keyboards magazine, and production and sound design for radio-plays for the German WDR radio-broadcast.

Joker Nies is known for his energetic improvisations on unusual electronic instruments and re-built electronic toys all over Europe and the US. He has played with many established improvisers and is a.o. part of the trio Die Schrauber. Joker is a leading expert in circuit bending and has conducted many inspiring circuit-bending and DIY workshops in the whole of Europe and the USA.

Schedule for Workshop: June 25th 2010

12:00-18:00 (Till the instrument is finished this could take one extra hour depending on the nr. of breaks)

Workshop Location: @ NK Elsenstr. 52 2HH 2Etage 12059 Berlin

Participation is limited to 15 participants.

Registration: Pre-registration is required and can be done by sending an email to info@nkprojekt.de

Fee: 80€ (Parts) + 70€ (Participation fee Students get a 25% discount) = 150€