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Skill Set: Modifying Stringed Instruments for Musical Experimentation with Matthew Steinke

Saturday, February 8 | 2-5pM

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presents the second iteration of Skill Set in February featuring artist, musician, and instrument builder Matthew Steinke. During the workshop, Steinke will lead an engaging class that encompasses the history of stringed instrument design and acoustic theory, as well as teach a hands-on course in which participants can manipulate her/his own stringed instruments that can then be used to create new and unique sounds and musical effects.

Anyone can attend but in order to participate in the hands-on instrument modification portion of the workshop, students will need to bring their own stringed instrument. Please note that participants should bring instruments that they are ok modifying. All other supplies will be provided.

Tickets are available to purchase via the Eventbrite ticketing webpage. Click here to be redirected to the registration page.

Tickets are $15 for CAMH members and $20 for the general public. Not a member? Join today!


Skill Set is CAMH’s new hands-on workshop program and skills exchange. Skill Set invites individuals to share her/his expertise on an eclectic array of subjects: educational, recreational, and/or utilitarian in a non-traditional hands-on workshop style classroom setting. Skill Set asks the question: “If contemporary art can be anything and be about anything, what are the skills that someone might need to be taught to be a contemporary artist?” Classes are open to adults to mature children, and participants will learn a range of new abilities used by contemporary artists.


Matthew Steinke is a musician, instrument maker, and visual artist. He studied analogue electronics and audio engineering at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. While in the Northwest, he started the experimental rock band Mocket, the post-wave Satisfact, and the first installment of Octant, his ongoing solo project comprised of hand-built, mechanically-driven instruments. He moved to Chicago in 2000 to receive his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was awarded a scholarship to produce work combining robotics and sound in the Art and Technology department. He was subsequently awarded the Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship in New Media. Currently residing in Austin, he divides his time between teaching electronic art, building instruments, and performing with the latest version of his robotic band, Octant.


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