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“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!

Look Mum No Computer

Look Mum No Computer

Generation Y YouTube star Sam Battle is a musical Dr. Frankenstein. Sam, AKA Look Mum No Computer, is the inventor of the Furby Organ, the Flamethrowing Henry Hoover and many other fairly extreme creations. Sam will be appearing on our In The Dock music line-up on Sunday as well as showing off his musical creations over the weekend in the science tent. He is certainly going to give Paul Granjon a run for his money!

SuperTuxCart

SuperTuxCart

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. Think of the classic Nintendo, but with our upgraded PiCube we can go one better. SuperTuxCart (a Linux version of that other popular karting game) running on four networked Raspberry Pi 3 B+, each with it's own screen in a custom steel frame, although we do wish we'd made it from aluminium coz it's pretty hefty.

Johnny White: Pinball Wizard

Johnny White: Pinball Wizard

Resident Deer Shed Festival artist Johnny White has in previous years created a fire and ice machine, various kinetic sculptures and, last year, his amazing marble run. This year, Johnny has been tasked with creating a Pinball Machine. At the time of writing we have absolutely no idea what he will come up with, but you can be sure it'll beat any of those garish machines from the '70s that'll now set you back about £10k! We do still assume it will be pretty out there, though...

Rubik's Cubes

Rubik's Cube Masterclasses

What better example of a Generation X craze than the Rubik's Cube? We recently taught our youngest how to solve the puzzle in about 2 days, so no reason why you can't do the same over the weekend! After all, these days solving the cube in under 5 minutes (or *sometimes* longer) still remains pretty flash. Bring your own cube for the weekend or pick-up one of our custom and collectable Deer Shed cubes to take home (surely the best merch we've ever made).

Retro Gaming

Retro Gaming

So far we have hoarded 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. And, yes, we will have Chuckie Egg. So we invite you to play classic games on each of these consoles in our retro arcade - some of you may experience a warm nostalgia, and others may marvel at how on earth we put up with such rudimental technology! Either way, an excellent opportunity to reflect on this aging hardware. Get-Well Gamers, a charity providing thousands of young people in hospitals across the country with donated games consoles, will run the arcade, lending their expert advice where needed.

Disco Forensics

Disco Forensics

Time Vortex, the most happening nightclub in North Yorkshire (not a high bar, admittedly) has recently been hit by a very serious crime wave. As well as your dad dancing in his favourite flares, a mysterious group of boogie men have been pinching flashy medallions from revellers, killing the groove and causing sheer panic at the disco. We’re all thankfully stayin’ alive for now, but these super freaks must be stopped to prevent anything worse from taking place. It’s up to the Deer Shed detectives to patrol the beat and ensure the perpetrators are apprehended – we simply cannot afford a murder on the dance floor.

Reach Robotics - MekaMon - Next Level Robotics, Gaming, and AR

Reach Robotics

Reach Robotics is a UK tech-startup based in Bristol. For the past four years, founding CEO Silas Adekunle, alongside co-founders John Rees and Chris Beck, has been developing MekaMon, the world’s first gaming robot. MekaMon is a real-life video game character, with fluid, expressive movement and an integrated modular design. Giving you the opportunity to dabble in robot augmented reality and also win a MekaMon bot over the weekend, this is going to be an intriging spectacle!

Adult-only Shoot 'Em Up Tutoring

Adult-only Shoot 'Em Tutoring

Yes, we know. We are all worried about our kids spending to much time on Fortnite. But, we figure, what better way to understand Generation Z's current obsession than to get up to speed and join in? Our adult-only first person shooter training sessions will get jaded parents up to speed so you don't perish within a few seconds of landing on the island. Strictly adult only - the little blighters have sharp enough skills already and it's high time we levelled the paying field...

Liina Turtonen

Liina Turtonen

As well as doing some Ableton & Push music production workshops, Liina will also talk about The Human Connection in Recording and Music Production. Right up our street. Music making has recently become far more accessible for everyone and the only thing that separates pieces of music from each other is the human behind the machine. These new digital inventions have therefore changed the way we listen, interact, record and create music. Liina's SHED Talk will discuss the connections between producer and the musician, the producer and the technology, as well as how these social aspects effect the way we create and listen to music in 2019.

Luba Elliott: A.I. Art

Luba Elliott: A.I. Art

No doubt some of you will have heard of the concept of the uncanny valley! Such freaky weirdness definitely applies to the relatively new concept of A.I. art, a medium based around creative machine learning. Luba Elliott is the ideal expert to guide us through this brave new artistc world. We can't help but think the pieces that these machines are currently producing is actually pretty darn good and certainly artistically ahead of similar experiments in the field of A.I. music composition. No doubt Luba will have a much deeper insight than us in her must-see SHED Talk!

Alex McLean - Live Coding

Alex McLean - Live Coding

As we recall Alex joined us for the very first time in 2013 at Deer Shed Festival 4 - Machines, where we introduced the science tent for the first time. Alex has his fingers in an amazing number of algorithmic pies. At Deer Shed this year Alex is going to shed some light on Algorave or, more simply, generating music through the process of writing code, and doing it all live! A step in the process towards generating music to soundtrack your life via jacking into your central nervous system like in the film eXistenZ. Ok, we might be getting ahead of ourselves here...

Mylar Melodies

Mylar Melodies

Mylar Melodies, Deer Shed’s resident maestro of modular synthesis, is returning to the science tent for a third year running. He’ll welcome synthesizer-curious folk with his modular monster and some more compact synth racks. Get hands-on and make some musical waves with his expert guidance before his SHED Talk on the subject. No experience required! Read more about Mylar Melodies here in conversation with DSF director Oliver (warning: it might get nerdy).

Isometric Art

Isometric Art

Who doesn't love a bit of the old isometric art? We certainly do, and it even inspired our poster artwork for 2019. Have a quick Google search for the eBoy or Monument Valley games and you'll get the idea. We've lost all prespective! Sorry. But grab a piece of our dotted isometric graph paper and a pencil and see what sort of isotastic artwork you can create!

DJ Generations

DJ Generations

No doubt getting a room full of people up on their feet dancing is a talent fairly independent of technology. But, over the generations, the tools available to DJs - both superstar and bedroom - have changed beyond all recognition. From vinyl on the 1s and 2s, through CDJs and, bringing us up to date, flicking through your old lorry-load of LPs on flashy touch screens and a memory drive no bigger than your pinky finger! Whatever your generation or experience, we invite you to develop your DJ skills and knowledge on a range of tech through the ages, with our own Leeds-based superstar DJ duo, Baba&Ganoush.

Paul Granjon

Paul Granjon

The science tent would not be the same without Paul Granjon on his 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 bought you the cybernetic parrot sausage. Just what will he get up to this time?!

VR

VR

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.

Slime making

Slime making

Slime is not just something that you find at the bottom of your kitchen swing-bin or in the U-bend, you know? There are various types of slime – some are quite disgusting and contain bits of old tea bags and others are not so bad. We’ll be making a less gross type of slime from one of our many super special slime recipe books.

Modular Synthesis

Modular Synthesis

It’d be rude not to teach Deer Shedders the secrets of modular synthesis what with the music line-up featuring the likes of The Slow Readers Club, Look Mum No Computer and Walt Disco. After Goldfrapp, Jane Weaver, AK/DK and Warm Digits last year, it's fair to say Deer Shed can sometimes resemble a fully-fledged festival of electronica! Here’s an opportunity to learn a little about how different sorts of waveforms sound and how they can be manipulated in all sorts of different ways. No need to go and see Kraftwerk this summer - we'll teach you how to put those funny looking man-machines to shame!

DivKid

DivKid

DivKid – short for Sir. Divward Kiddery – is the grubby, undernourished and overly critical cartoon offspring of producers Ben Wilson and Andrew Illingworth. We couldn’t afford an appearance from Divward, but Ben the modular synthesis wizard has kindly agreed to fill his shoes. Together we’ll present a world premier fusion of Eurorack and yoga... Euroga? Moditation? Whatever you call it, recharge with Ben’s relaxing soundscapes in the background.

Ableton + Push

Ableton + Push

Twenty years ago, some members of the Deer Shed team were making terrible music in a room full of old school analogue gear. Things we bought for £2000 are now worth so little that kids take them to bits in the science tent’s Wrekshop… sulk! Times have changed drastically, so with the help of Ableton you can discover the current state of music-making and levels of technical production we’d have laughed off as futuristic fantasies back in the day.

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 HD Blu-ray player once you get home...

Pimoroni

Pimoroni

Paul set up the online maker store Pimoroni around the time that the science tent came to be. AND he is the man who designed the Raspberry Pi logo. Since then Paul has rolled up to Deer Shed last minute with a rackscak full of the latest maker-tech to inspire us to all get our hands dirty dabbling in open source coding goodness. Paul and his cohort will no doubt bring a fresh crop of tech up from Sheffield again in 2019.

Dan Aldred

Dan Aldred

Dan is a champion of all things silicon, but mostly he is an educator on a mission to convey the power of coding. Not noodling about in M$ Excel, but actually bending machines to do your bidding. If you can code – properly – the digital world will fall at your feet. Dramatic but so, so true!

Madlab Soldering

Madlab Soldering

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.

Dave Whitfield's Weather

Dave Whitfield's Weather

Our resident weather man, Dave Whitfield, will be sharing his meteorological musings on the day’s forecast each morning at the festival. You can ask him any weather-related question, like our current favourite, "Why is it absolutely scorching in February, Dave!?" plus one from 2018, “Why is it still snowing in April, Dave?!” And if – god forbid – it rains, we’ll all have someone to blame!

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