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BPOW (Battery Powered Orchestra Workshop) is a 2-day interactive festival dedicated to the art of salvaged sound and DIY electronics.

BPOW!!! (Battery Powered Orchestra Workshop) is the First Annual Interactive Electronic Arts Festival in Portland, Oregon dedicated to the art of salvaged sound.  Encompassing two days of workshops, performances and culminating in a DIY public jam session, BPOW!!! wants to show Portland that even the simplest circuit configurations can bring forth unprecedented levels of ROCK.

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BPOW Day One: Saturday Morning Schedule
BPOW Day One: Saturday Morning Schedule
BPOW Day One: Saturday Evening Schedule
BPOW Day One: Saturday Evening Schedule
BPOW Day Two: Sunday Morning Schedule
BPOW Day Two: Sunday Morning Schedule
BPOW Day Two: Sunday Evening Schedule
BPOW Day Two: Sunday Evening Schedule

PLEASE SEE PROJECT REWARDS TO BUY A TICKET:

$15 One-Day Ticket
$15 One-Day Ticket
$40 Two-Day Ticket with Synth Postcard
$40 Two-Day Ticket with Synth Postcard
$80 Two-Day Pass with Arduino Projects Kit
$80 Two-Day Pass with Arduino Projects Kit
$80 Two-Day Pass with Handprinted BPOW Poster
$80 Two-Day Pass with Handprinted BPOW Poster
$100 Two-Day Pass with Postcard, Arduino Kit, Poster
$100 Two-Day Pass with Postcard, Arduino Kit, Poster

Where is BPOW happening?  

BPOW!!! is going to take place at Cymaspace, 4634 NE Garfield Ave, in Portland, near MLK and N Alberta St.  CymaSpace is a non-profit performance space for the deaf and hearing communities.

When is BPOW?  August 10-11

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Playable Arduino Synth Conductive-Ink Postcard
Playable Arduino Synth Conductive-Ink Postcard

What is BPOW?

Our mission is create a summer festival that celebrates the DIY electronic music scene, while empowering and teaching people to start creating themselves. It's Portland's first festival devoted to teaching its attendees the skills they need to take part in the music they love.

BPOW!!! will oscillate wildly from circuit design workshops to DJ and stage performances, keynotes from prominent circuit benders, synth builders and general electronic brainiacs to raw public performance. Our vision is to completely immerse people in a music scene that's created through a few alligator clips and sheer ingenuity.

Why We Need You

We're doing most of this on heart alone and that, unfortunately, doesn't quite foot the bill. We're looking for the generous contributions of the masses to help pay all of our amazing performers, workshop leaders and speakers. Also we need a little help providing the components and equipment for our workshops. 

Why the World Needs BPOW!

BPOW!!! stands to be the first foray into DIY electronic music for a lot of people who have found the scene to be intimidating to break into. Portland knows custom made and it has so much in the way of ways to learn, but when it comes to building electronics, there isn't too much out there. BPOW!!! stands to be the ultimate introduction to a burgeoning musical iconoclast and another enrichment to the ones who already live for DIY electronic music.

Who is doing this?

We are Travis Feldman, Edward Sharp, and Androo Meyers.  

We are also helped and supported by all sorts of amazing people from Portland, and here's a few who will be leading workshops, performing, or otherwise helping us at the event:

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There aren't too many risks for this project. Our venue has been donated, and most of the people involved are doing this because they believe in it and love it, volunteering their time, expertise, and help. We've got an unbelievable group of people coming together for this, each and all bringing their own unique passion, knowledge, and talents for electronic arts. Thought provoking, fun, and totally inspiring -- BPOW stretches the horizons of awareness and opens the doors of perception. We've got many of the necessary material supplies already gathered, but we still have to purchase/make the Conductive-Ink Synth Postcards, Posters, and Arduino Synth Kits, and for that we need money. We also need to pay the artists and experts, and cover travel expenses for everyone coming together to make this happen. Please back our Kickstarter and join us to bring the battery-power!

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    Battery Powered Hearts!! you are the Tony Starks that will help us make this project shine, and your contribution will keep us charging forward. Every bit of support and encouragement is extremely helpful for us as we get this started. In addition, your name will be immortalized as a BPOW contributor and your name included in a display at the event acknowledging your help and our infinite gratitude - Thank you!

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    One Day Pass. Let's keep it simple: back this reward and you can show up to either day of BPOW. "I AM IRRRRON MAN" -whether it's Tetsuo or Tony, Stark or Iommi, you decide which day's events you'd like, attend as many or few as you want. Come along and have a blast!

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    Out-of-Towner -- are you in-tune with the idea of our project but unable to attend? Don't worry, you can still help us get this show started! With this Reward we'll send a thank you letter and a unique, letter-pressed post-card that is a functioning painted-circuit Arduino synth -- yeeeah! :)

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    GOLDEN TICKET! Two Day Pass with Synth Postcard. Entry and privilege galore. All events and two workshops of your choice. You're paying only $40 dollars to attend gatherings of brilliant minds, find new like-minded folks that will help you acquire the skills of hardware and software artistry to make insanely awesome electronic instruments for the rest of your life! This also comes with the conductive-ink printed postcard.

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    Two Day Pass, Synth Postcard, and a finely crafted 11"X17" BPOW Poster. We'll be doing a very limited run of handmade posters for this event and this Reward is the best way to be sure yours is in frame-worthy condition. The final version of the poster image is still being drafted, but if you like the graphics we've put together so far, you're going to love this!

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    Two Day Pass with Synth Postcard and an Arduino Synth Circuit Survival Kit. We plan to have many components and electronics supplies on site for all sorts of hectic experiments, but for this Reward we will gather all necessary items into one nice, ready-to-go take-away bag. You get an Arduino Uno R3, metal film resistors, a variety of capacitors, two ICs (4093 & 556), SPST switches, and potentiometers enough for at least three workshop projects. You will build some incredible devices with this rockin' kit! Conductive-ink printed postcard included.

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    GOLD-PLATED CONNECTOR. With this reward you receive the TWO DAY PASS, the Poster, the Arduino Synth Kit, and the Conductive-Ink Synth Postcard. All that, plus your name immortalized on a list of thank yous displayed at the event and our eternal battery-powered gratitude -- THANK YOUUU!!

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    Bring the BPOW to you! With this Reward we take the party on the road, we visit you, your school, your work, your favorite place, or anywhere there are curious folks who want to learn electronics and the art of making electronic musical instruments. We bring the necessary equipment, and together with you and your peeps we'll create a Battery Powered Orchestra Workshop experience! That's right, with this reward, we'll agree upon a date and hold a four-hour workshop that begins with electronics walk-through tutorials and ends with collaborative group performance using the instruments we have created. We bring the soldering stations, the circuit boards, and some bend-worthy instruments & toys, and together with you, we create the BPOW!!! Let's ROCK!

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