Ranjit Bhatnagar

Ranjit Bhatnagar

Ranjit Bhatnagar discovered sound art around age 14, listening to weird late night programs on KPFA. He now works with interactive and sound installations, with scanner photography, and with internet-based collaborative art. Recent works have been exhibited at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, the Parc d’aventures scientifiques in Belgium, Flux Factory in Queens, in the Artbots series at Eyebeam Atelier and the Pratt Institute in New York, and the Mermaid Show at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn. He recently taught “Mister Resistor” at Parsons School of Design, a studio course and rock band with homemade instruments.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Ranjit received a BA from U.C. Berkeley and an MS from the University of Pennsylvania, and was certified carnie trash by the Coney Island Sideshow School in 2002. He lives in Brooklyn next to a nice big park.

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Finding Sounds in Odd Places


There's all kinds of weird little sounds hidden in objects around us - humming lamps, groaning chairs, singing cactuses. We'll explore a number of nontraditional techniques for finding and evoking sound from physical objects. We'll build a bunch of sensors and transducers like contact microphones and magnetic pickups, and use them to discover hidden sounds in the built environment around us. Then we'll create small sculptural objects and machines to generate and shape these sounds in new ways.


• Introduction to sound in odd places
• Build various kinds of sensors and transducers (including optional easy soldering - a good excuse to learn to solder if you haven't already!)
• Try out our new sensors on everything we can reach
• Make new sound objects to get more control over the sounds we can create
• Record and remix sound from our new creations

• Attendees may want to bring a laptop to record and remix sounds, and a USB audio interface if you have one, but neither is required.
• Attendees may also want to bring small instruments or objects like wind-up toys, kitchen utensils, anything you'd like to explore for hidden sounds.
• If you have portable audio and recording equipment your welcome to bring it as well, but it’s not necessary.

• If you don't have audio software on your laptop, it’s recommend to install Audacity, a free open-source audio editor audacityteam.org