Free - booking required

Join this workshop to discover how to create electronic and ambient music using analogue and digital techniques. Hosted by artist/musician Tom Harris, explore the possibilities of using synthesisers and tape machines to process sounds and create textures.

This workshop is part of Sonic Sculptures, a series of events situated around a structure turning Broadway Gallery into an instrument.

This is a free event, but please book a ticket to reserve your place.

Expect to explore composition techniques, sound design and composing using multitrack tape machines, ‘foley' sound, loop pedals, synthesis and sampling. In the workshop we will aim to bring all of these techniques together to create a group live performance.

Feel free to bring any music equipment that you are currently exploring compositions with, or you are welcome to use equipment provided. Also you are encouraged to bring a small object from home that sounds ‘unique’ that we can explore during the workshops.

Workshop Schedule

  • 11:00 Start
  • 11:15 Discussion on different approaches to composition
  • 11:45 Demonstrations with Tom which explore these approaches
  • 12:15 ‘Learning the kit’, finding a ‘way in’ to a sound
  • 13:00 Break
  • 14:00 Developing and exploring sounds in groups
  • 14:30 Bringing outcomes together in a group performance
  • 15:00 End

About the artist

Tom Harris is an artist whose music is situated within the UK’s melting pot, influenced by garage and grime music, hiphop, electronica and Jazz. Thomas’s wholehearted embracing of fusion lends itself well towards working as an interdisciplinary artist, having had success scoring music for runways, creating soundscapes for exhibitions and collaborating with Movement artists.

Find out more about Tom Harris

About Sonic Sculptures

Sonic Sculptures is a project led by visual artist/curator Ryan Boultbee, architectural designer/artist Will Harvey, and musician Tom Harris. Join in with a programme of soundscapes and sonic experiences exploring the intersections of material, space, and sound through an innovative Framework for Practice installation, captivating performances, and workshops.

The project is supported by Broadway's Near Now studio for arts, design and innovation, using public funding by Arts Council England.

Find out more about the Sonic Sculptures project and the full programme of events on the Near Now website.


This event takes place in our Gallery and Workshop spaces, located on Broadway's lower ground floor (level -1).

Street-level access to the Gallery is at 17 Heathcoat Street (NG1 3AF) or via Broadway's main entrance on Broad Street (NG1 3AL). Broadway’s art, design and innovation spaces are fully wheelchair accessible, with ramps and lift access from Broadway’s Box Office.

See here for more information on Broadway's accessibility.

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