Drum Buddy Demo: Sounds & Science w/Quintron

Sunday November 16, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade K - adult

Musician Quintron is known as an organist and multi-instrumentalist, but those terms alone doesn't really get at the full scope of his music-making. He's also a tinkerer and inventor — coming up with DIY instruments to make the sounds he wants and needs for his performances and recordings.

From the Spit Machine (a drum machine powered by saliva) to the Weather Warlock (a synth that makes sounds based on weather) to the Drum Buddy (which creates drum sounds when exposed to light), Quintron has developed ingenious takes on how to make noise, sound, and music.

He'll be bringing his Drum Buddy to the AADL for a special demonstration of just how it uses oscillators, a coffee can and light to make sounds and, ultimately, music. This event will be a fun peek into the science of such instruments, how they work, and might offer inspiration for curious musicians and inventors of all ages.

You may already know that the library has synths you can check out, but this event just might inspire you to build your very own!

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor presented by AADL at LIVE 102 S First St.

Thursday November 20, 2014: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm -- LIVE (102 S 1st Street)

This event is intended for Adults
This event will be recorded

For the last year and a half, crowds have gathered each month in the early evening - in bars and venues around Ann Arbor. Around 7pm, it begins: three boisterous speakers geek out up front. What is this? Some secret club?

Nope! It's Nerd Nite Ann Arbor! And it's open to anyone and everyone who loves to learn or share what they love.

For the uninitiated, Nerd Nite (NN) has been described as “...like the Discovery Channel™…with beer!” Sounds fun, right? It is! NN is held monthly in 70+ cities, giving several folks the opportunity to give 18-21minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines. Imagine learning about everything from the science of the Simpsons to the genealogy of Godzilla. Fun stuff!

Doors open at 6:30, and speakers start at 7pm.

So show up, have a drink, meet other nerds, and learn a bunch of awesome new junk!

Want to see past topics and a little more info? Check NNA2's site.

AADL is sponsoring this month's event, so there will be NO COVER!

Mark your calendars and spread the word! Any and all nerds (and non-nerds!) who love learning and having a great time are welcome to join us!

Optical Illusions

Tuesday January 13, 2015: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K - 5

How do optical illusions work? Can you really trust your eyes to tell you the truth? Come explore this phenomenon and make an optical illusion of your own!