Figure Music Workshop

 Karl James Pestka

Learn how to make your own music. In just a few minutes you will learn all you need to know to create short, danceable electronic music pieces with pumping bass and inspiring synths.The free iPad app Figure is intuitive enough for anyone age 8+ to start composing complex electronic music immediately, but deep enough for serious musicians to explore a wide variety of instruments, rhythms and forms.  The Makerspace will provide iPads and headphones for the participants courtesy of Mixtúra Reykjavik.

Karl James Pestka is an American-Icelandic composer and performer who is deeply involved with electronic music education.  As a violinist and violist he has worked with Daði Freyr, Amiina, Hjaltalín, Heiðrik, Árstíðir, Írafár, and Ólafur Arnalds, and has written string arrangements for Kaleo, Dikta, Our Lives and Barði Jóhannsson.  For the last 10 years Karl has also collaborated with City of Reykjavik schools and the City Library to create spaces for kids to receive rock band coaching and to experiment with a variety of electronic music instruments.  Karl currently manages the Reykjavik City Libary Makerspace, a free space for all ages to access and experiment with industry-standard music software and other creative technology.