Hacker Farm is a Yeovil-based initiative designed to create an infrastructure where local noise-makers, experimental electronic musicians and outsider artists can network, socialise and collaborate. It aims to offer a creative space where workshops can be hosted, and new skills, strategies and practical techniques can be swapped or acquired.
One of Hacker Farm’s principle goals is to encourage its members to build or modify their own musical instruments using discarded materials, recyclables and junk, along with cheap, locally-sourced electronic components. Its mission is to demystify and empower, to allow local musicians to access new sets of skills.
Its remit includes visual / video ‘hacks’ as well as audio. Where appropriate, software will be used as well as hardware, but it should preferably be obsolete, outmoded, intuitive, easily modified and free. Longer-term ambitions include the creation of a pool of alternative, uniquely-voiced talent in the Yeovil area that rivals that of a city. Hacker Farm is all about the exchange of ideas, so collaborations and cultural ‘swaps’ with similar-minded groups both in the UK and abroad also forms a logical part of its brief.
To put this in a more general frame of reference, it’s not that long since Jazz was considered ‘difficult’ or the music of Stravinsky inspired riots, now they are more-or-less part of the mainstream. Today’s avant garde is tomorrow’s must-buy coffee table CD. Hacker Farm aims to arm local experimental musicians with the tools they need to get themselves heard.
Some audio statements for your aural excitement:
HACKER FARM: "BRANTANO / BABYLON HILL" - live improvisation direct from the bunker (4th September 2010) ....... glacially-slow Industrial Dub-Concrete...