Science

Emphasis on fun

"A phantasmagoria of dorky delights" The Guardian

Regardless of your generation, we'll sneak some very old or very new scientific principles into your head without you even realising!

Synth building with 555 timers

Synth building with 555 timers

What is your favourite integrated circuit? A typical dinner party question. Our favourite integrated circuit is the 555 timer chip. 555 timer chips make amazing oscillators, and if you take 2 of them and feed one into the other and add some potentiometers (variable value resistors) and some capacitors and other bits and bobs you can make something that is popularly referred to as an Atari Punk Console, its a long story but in the science tent in July you can make your own for small beans.

Delia Derbyshire Workshop

Delia Derbyshire Workshop

Delia Derbyshire is perhaps best known for her pioneering work at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop during the 1960s which of course included the creation of the original Dr Who theme tune. We are super excited that the crew from Delia Derbyshire Day will be joining us in the science tent this year. In their workshop we will find out loads more about Delia's life and work and also create our own theme tune using 'found sounds' (sounds that we record from the environment around us.) Super exciting.

Gizmobots

Gizmobots

In Mark's own words - "As a 5 y/o boy, I used to get cogs and clock parts from my clock repairing dad and scrap off my bin man uncle. Me and my dad would sit at the kitchen table and make rockets and robots and mad vehicles out of the stuff. 40 years later I turned it into my business, Gizmobots, making robot sculptures out of found objects. Some are just sculptures, whilst others have a function such as being a lamp or a music player. Alongside making robots, I like the idea of passing on my skills to future generations, and, as such, I will be providing robot building workshops at the festival." Ace.

Escape Boxes

Escape Boxes

Sadly sitting in a lonesome corner of our office for the last 2 years - meet our custom-made escape boxes! Inspired by our experience of escape rooms - break in, break out, it's the same idea. Rather than constructing an escape room with limited capacity over the weekend we have created ten bespoke escape boxes that tie in with our Incognito theme (that never was!) All you need to do is break into them using perception, logic, intelligence, observation, spatial awareness - you get the idea. Within the outer box, there might be an inner box!

Laser Maze

Laser Maze

We are some way into the construction of our own laser maze. You know the thing, you contort your body to avoid breaking the laser beans as you try to reach the enormous diamond sitting on the red velvet cushion on a plinth at the end of the corridor. We cannot guarantee that the finished maze will look exactly the same as the image above and we don't think you'll need a crash helmet unless you think it will give your a competitive edge as you try to complete the maze in the quickest time...

Soundgas

Soundgas

Soundgas is a company that restores and sells all of the vintage bits of music production gubbins that make our music sound so good. Synthesizers, drum machines, old effects units, valves, tape and anything noisy and unpredictable. They'll be bringing all sorts of audio equipment for you to experiment with including a number of legendary Roland Space Echoes, pictured above. We might even get some of the bands on our music line-up roped in!

Puzzle Corner

Puzzle Corner

This is tribute to the work of YouTuber Mr Puzzle with whom we have become slightly obsessed since we discovered his channel. Mr Puzzle solves physical puzzles from all sorts of makers, and ranks their difficulty. Some of the puzzles he solves are fiendishly difficult - it's hard to know who to admire more, the designer of the puzzle or Mr Puzzle for being able to solve it. Anyhoos we will have a selection of our favourite puzzles for you try and solve.

Flat Pack Challenge

Flat Pack Challenge

This is our mash up between 'Ask The Family' (ask your folks) and 'The Generation Game' (ask your folks) and that well-known purveyor of flat packed furniture. In essence, can you construct the perfect Lerhamn Chair (or whatever) before your opposing team? Can you keep a cool head while all around you are losing theirs? Good for you, but no-one likes a smart-arse in the high-octane world of domestic furniture construction. It is a challenge that not everyone will be able tolerate, only the strong will survive. Relationship councillors will be on standby.

Amazonian Forensics<

Amazonian Forensics

An investigative reporter has disappeared in Brazil whilst on the trail of an illegal logging gang. This sort of thing is always happening. Marvel as we transport you half way across the world to the scene of the crime. Can you use your forensic nouse to follow a series of clues and ultimately discover what happened to the journalist? Will you succumb to the high humidity environment of South America before you have had to chance to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together? Always a science tent favourite.

Tape Art

Tape Art

Why is all the cool stuff coming from Germany, Berlin specifically? Answers in the comments below. Luckily this falls into our Pocket Planet territory. Art with tape. Geometic uniformity (where we will try to squeeze this into a science programme via some sort of vague implied trigonometry lesson) to a more freestyle sticky mess, and all in between. Old skool black only duct tape, like in days before telly, to a multicoloured Land of Oz aesthetic. Try some tape art collectively (on a grand scale) or maybe solo.

Source Distribution

Source Distribution

Source Distribution might sound like a ketchup train but in fact they are the company that supply UK music stores with musical instruments from the like of Moog & Arturia to name a couple of their best known brands. Tom and his crew from Source will be bringing along a selection of bang up to date gadgetry for you to try out. With any luck we might persuade them to give a couple of things away to our most enthusiastic particiants. Watch this space.

SuperTuxCart on Picube

SuperTuxKart on Picube

The Raspberry Pi mini-computers that power our PiCube are 10 years old this year, well the original versions are 10 years old, we've updated them since then to give us more networked gaming horsepower. Which bring us to SuperTuxKart - a Linux version of that other popular karting game. BUT we come to Deer Shed to get away from computer games! True, you do. However we have two words for you: local multiplayer. In two words, all that is missing from modern gaming, i.e. all players playing at the same time, in the same place.

808 Famous Beats

808 Famous Beats

There is something quite spine-tingling about recreating some legendary sound from a famous piece of music on the actual thing that made that sound in the first place. The Yamaha DX7 tubular bells on Harold Faltermeyer's opening sequence to Top Gun for example. So how about recreating some famous Roland TR808 drum beats? How about Phil Collins – 'One More Night', Marvin Gaye – 'Sexual Healing' or Beastie Boys – 'Brass Monkey'? Perhaps one of our young music producers could add their own tune to this list. Boom bip, a boom bip.

Celebration Of Unloved Drum Machines

Celebration Of Unloved Drum Machines

Talking of famous drum machines, the ones you might have heard of (808, 909 etc), has led us the feel sorry for all the other sorts of drum machines that haven't been elevated to such heights. The ones that are being used as doorstops and sound dreadful. So we took to ebay and have purchased an array of old and older still unloved and unwanted beat making machines. Because you might make one of them famous. If you write a love letter to one of them, we may well put it in the post to you after the festival :)

VR

VR

Put a telly on your nose - that's virtual reality to you and me. After twenty years of being a thing, VR is now a thing that you and I can actually have a go on! Look like what’s-his-name out of Daft Punk whilst your brain struggles to come to terms with walking through space or jumping off the highest skyscraper imaginable, all without leaving the safe confines of the Deer Shed science tent.

Retro Gaming

Retro Gaming

An Atari 2600, ZX Spectrum, Nintendo NES, Sega Megadrive, Nintendo N64 and a Sony Playstation I - plus quite a lot of really ropey old tellies that you have to tune with matchsticks. We invite you to play classic games on each of our retro consoles - some of you may experience a warm nostalgia, and others may marvel at how on earth we put up with such rudimental technology! Jetpack, Chuckie Egg, Mario Kart plus many more. Fail to convince your kids that old games were way better...

Madlab Soldering

Madlab Soldering

Being able to solder is a very useful skill, and it's not hard to learn. To teach you we have the very keen and experienced Madlab. Madlab are an innovative electronics company that manufactures electronic kits that you can put together to make your own useful gadgets. From lie detectors to electronic bagpipes they have something for all budgets and all abilities, from beginners to master solderers.

Circuit Bending

Circuit Bending

In the science tent you can take stuff apart (Wrekshop) and put stuff together (Madlab) but how about modifying stuff to make it do something that it wasn't designed to do? Welcome to the world of circuit bending! We have been collecting anything that makes a noise, old Casio keyboards, old toys like Speak and Spell and we are going to MESS THEM UP!!

Paul Granjon

Paul Granjon

The science tent would not be the same without Paul Granjon, the man on a mission to explore the co-evolution of humans and machines. We once again welcome back a true rock-star of the maker world and the man that brought you the Cybernetic Parrot Sausage and, more recently, the Electric Wildertree, combining e-waste and the imagination of kids in the Science Tent with a pinch of Paul’s expert technological creativity. Just what will he get up to this time?!

Paper Aeroplanes

Paper Aeroplanes

Not so long ago Deer Shed got obsessed with paper aeroplanes...time passed...and we got obsessed with other things. But we have just dusted off the old blueprints and built one of our old designs, and marvelled in its flight when lobbed across the office. The time is right once more to construct the science tent elevated lobbing platform and invite you all to make the perfect paper aeroplane! However, let us not forget that much tweaking of aerofoils may be necessary to break any weekend distance records.

Gameboy trackers

Gameboy trackers

As if Gameboys alone were not a big enough draw. We have missed quite a few anniversaries with COVID, not least 30 years since the launch of the Gameboy. But they are still going strong. We are venturing down a ChipMusic hole with the help of a type of music making program for the Gameboy called a 'tracker'. These programs involve the inputting of note information more akin to a spreadsheet than a traditional musical instrument. In the early days this was your only option to sequence electronic music, but even with the advent of modern bells and whistles music production we are discovering that trackers still have much to offer.

Wrekshop

Wrekshop

Ahhh, the annual trip to see Dave at Thirsk recycling centre! Over the years we have taken apart quite a lot of electrical bits and bobs to see how they work - just for the sheer joy of trashing stuff. It's not something kids are usually allowed to do and, consequently, this is a very popular activity. Just keep an eye on that brand-new Bluetooth smart speaker when you get home!

Ableton

Ableton

You can probably tell that our science tent is getting an increased music production focus as time goes by. We make no apologies for this, not really, you are at the music festival after all. In terms of accessible music making you can't get more bang for your buck than hooking up a Push controller to your computer and running Ableton Live. Ableton Live is a Digital Audio Workstation (or DAW for short) that is very widely used by those professional types. We will have a couple of very able Ableton experts on hand to get you started.

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