Tess Sutherland
Mar 21, 2020
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Atari Punk Console

In order to support public health efforts to control the spread of COVID-19, InterAccess has postponed this event. We are in the process of making similar programming available online to continue our community's engagement with new media arts practice. Online programming details will be announced April 1, 2020.

Make your own DIY sound synthesizer! Learn about the 555 chip, practice your soldering and circuit building skills, and make some old school sounds with the Atari Punk Console.

The APC is a simple noisemaker circuit that is famous for its simplicity, elegance, and endless permutations. We will provide you with all the components and tools necessary to build this legendary gizmo, and we will guide you through the build and help you understand how electronic circuits work. Our Atari Punk Console kit is designed by Rob Cruickshank. It is a really high-quality kit, and easy to assemble. If you are new to electronics, it’s a great way to get your feet wet, and make some noise!

More on the APC here, and more from Forrest M. Mims III, who released the circuit in 1980 here.

About the Instructor: Tess Sutherland is a graduate of the Ryerson New Media program. She has worked on a variety of interactive installations, including Micah Scott's Forest (commissioned for TIFF Kids digiPlayspace), and BitMorph, a location-based game commissioned by the Ontario Science Centre. She currently works at the Royal Ontario Museum as a Makerspace Technician and STEAM educator. You can find some of her work at tesssutherland.com.

Questions? If you have any questions about the workshop or special requirements, please contact us at education@interaccess.org

Payment Options: Cash and credit card payments on the day are also accepted. Please email education@interaccess.org to reserve your spot and let us know your payment preference.

Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy: We are unable to accommodate attendee cancellations or refunds less than 1 week prior to a workshop or event. InterAccess reserves the right to cancel or reschedule this workshop if necessary.


We regret that at this time InterAccess does not have barrier-free access; we are currently working to improve the accessibility of all facilities. There are five steps up to our main entrance. Once inside all facilities are on the same level, and there is a single-user washroom inside the unit.

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