# Sound lab meeting minutes *Thursdays 19:30, Aiginis 9 basement* ## 04/06/2020 in attendance: Sofia, Tasis, Dimitris, Phillip ### Agenda: 1) Disturbing Update from Zisimos 2) How do and how much do we open the space (coronavirus concerns still existant) 3) Internet and technical 4) Α9Β barebones radio 5) & Other things ### 1/ Zisimos Update: Zisimos still wants to sell - obivously its not yet happening. Zisimos willing to extend contract, but because he paid more money for the basement (tiles on the bathroom) he wants to raise rent from EUR50 to EUR200. -What Do?? -SZ and Amalia handling negotiations -We generally agree the rent raise request is absurd ### 2/ #### a)Anounce Opening (soft launch) Draft anouncement text - Phillip anounce through Discourse - facebook - indymedia(?) #### b) Opening management (key management) Thursday Afternoons is an open day every week. Core team are key holders Plan to add a feature on the website for Open/Closed Signal to the Public (for people from the core team who open and close the space) ### 3/ #### a. Internet - We need to set it up. SZ and DM sort of know how to login. #### b. More lights - a nice good lamp for soldering #### c. Soldering comfort equipment: a) soldering stand with crocodile b) Lamp c) Soldering Base d) please complete list #### d. Get fan for studio room ventilation - DM & AP #### e. Get Eastern Incense - SZ #### f. Clean the dirty 1st room - Anounce at Khora Crew chat & ask them to take what they want (freeshop). #### g. Fix Multiplug on the studio wall #### h. Kick-off sound treatment for the studio room (and the main room) ### 4/ Radio Setup - Problem with SSL certificate ---- We need to bring back the developpers on the group Phillip to circulate radio when it is setup to the communities of khora interested in. ### 5/ #### a. Hussain's Arabic Music Workshop - SZ to contact #### (b. Dimitris M. prepare VCV workshop - tentative) #### c. Low level Electronics Project - inc proposal ## 25/3/2020 in attendance: Sofia, Tasis, Dimitris (zoom) ### Agenda 1. Check-in 2. A virtual basement? * how can we organise from home * sharing sounds * sharing articles, starting discussions 3. University of Cork follow-up 4. Community radio 5. Online jam * Check-in; personal, khora, capitalism and schizophrenia * Kathy has 400 euros fundraised for soundlab. Discussion on whether we need equipment (no), whether the money could go to general khora budget and how to create most value out of it. Residency, production, salary. Decision to postpone discussion after goal-setting. * Sofia set up an azuracast install on a khora server with the help of Polo. Tasis finds it a very interesting concept of a virtual community space. Open up slots, open up the agenda to anything. Dimitris asks how to make it open within the tech framework. Discussion on whether to go towards youtube or facebook to generate traction. Agreement to stick to open-source and self-hosted. Who will manage? Us. Open up beta with khora. Video? Let's start with sound. * AP: admin accounts created, learn basic how-to * AP: online pad for ideas for the page * how we organise? we need virtual spaces for organising, making decisions * * online jam didn't happen ## 7/3/2020 in attendance: Dimitris, Anastasis, Sofia ### Agenda * Studio setup * Workshops * Radio school * Intercultural orchestra concert * Bars/security * Spreading out the word, inviting space, open space, new audiences, new interfaces #### Studio setup to-do list: * solder audio cables * install new plugs * install new lights * install door * sound treatment with existing diffuser panels * Dimitris to bring his panels for the window general space: * bathroom door and window * plexiglass for yard door * general cleaning * decorations? * cleaning up the 2nd storage room -it stinks! post on khora krew? [shopping list](https://hackmd.io/_bSVvrCMQ5u5YTGu74y0Ng?sync=&type=) #### Bars/security * Keys: * should there be keys upstairs? * idea to measure door, go with grinder to kallithea, cut the profil and bring them and make a bar for the back door. fix the front door and use it as the main entrance as it is safer. Anastasis will speak with Nuno. * Bars: * we received a quote for 100 euros. We should call and check, as it seems reasonable. * need a day of work if so, grinding and painting. * Locks and alarm * we can make a simple alarm with a siren and one of the Pi's as a workshop? * install the locker cabinet for the equipment ``` intermezzo about the new zombie Golden Dawn in the public space... ``` #### Intercultural orchestra * Email ready to send * Dimitris proposal to add sth as a basement. * installation? * potential to hang sth from the top ceiling inside * an installation around the sound of the orchestra. near east. acoustic. folk. * θυροτηλεφωνικό αποθετήριο. ριζωματικό σε ολη τη χώρα. audio feedback for khora. * DJ set? * curated setlist from the basement #### Radio school * waiting for translations of posters * we need to circulate the poster around * migrant only target audience #### Kitchen audio * piano, need contact from Zina about moving. * amps, Dimitris to buy 2, Nuno wants to build a box. #### Open * discussion on being an open cultural space * what can we do for (part of) the neighbourhood? * we make political decisions on who we promote. * should we go to kafeneia for tsipouro? * we have to go to the kitchen. 500 meals. 1000 ears. (also kast) * we need to make the main space as a laboratory and not as a living room. * open lab = tools, chairs, tables, computers. how do we make the studio functional? how do we make the workspace functional? * making the space accessible = making knowledge accesible * how to we make the space familiar? * approach hackers. * participation in the assembly is a precondition for full open access. * gather knowledge in an archive (wiki, mooc) #### Workshops * DIY electronics workshop Sofia and Dimitris * Arab futurism Akis? ## 27/2/2020 in attendance: Assani, Dimitris, Sofia #### Updates from Khora assembly * We need to register as members. Wider discussion about registration of the association in the ministry registry. #### Speakers are here! * Setting up the studio... ## 20/2/2020 in attendance: Dimitris, Anastasis, Sofia ### Agenda * Bars * Radio school by University of Cork * Thomann order - studio setup * Internet * Workshops * Intercultural orchestra GNO #### Bars and space * Sofia to call again mastoras Tzimas from texnites online for next Thursday * welding connections are not grinded and start to rust * Dimitris is hesitant to ask for a favour * Sofia to ask Aris about his option * Dimitris to organise grinding with his grinder * next Thursday to check out mastores of Kypseli * plan B. * get an insurance for theft. Make tables out of the metal and sell them. * Let's all google this option. * team to check locks and plexiglass in the next working day. #### Studio setup Order is dispatched. Arriving soon in Aiginis. Yay! There is a desire to use actively the space every week for sessions. #### Radio School Relax the schedule, full on board. Figure out the calendar. Suggest Reaper as GPL licensed option. #### Internet Unifi kind of works. Cyta router needs configuration. Ivan? #### Live sessions at the kitchen Move forward with the opera intercultural orchestra session at the kitchen in May. Open to organise other nights there. Shift audience to a different target group. Maybe nice opportunity to outreach for the sound lab? Let's keep it as an option in order to be part of the line-up. #### Workshops Sofia to meet with Hussain finally tomorrow. Schedule improv workshop with Giorgos Pap. Maybe schedule a meeting with Giannis K. and Danai S.? Or invite them to our assembly? Should we still invite Akis for Arab futurism talks? Discussion on teaching aspect of sound synthesis workshop. Who is our target group? ## 13/2/2020 in attendance: Dimitris, Anastasis, Sofia, Stefan #### Khora meeting update * Budget approved! * Action point: Stefan to order next week with the treasurer from Thomann. Rest need to figure out cables and misc on discourse. #### Bars * need to troubleshoot moving 3m bars form Kalithea. Stefan to discuss with Nuno. * Jawed is fully reimbursed by Khora. Sound lab still feels shitty about the whole situation. * Action point: Sofia, Dimitris and Stefan will outsource contacts for fixers. #### Radio workshop collaboration * Big yes, Sofia to "skype" with them. #### Website description * Khora needs an updated discreption of the group for the new website. Action point: Stefan to forward our a9b.org details. #### Group communication channel * Our main problems and failures go to lack of effective communication in between us. * We need to have at least one channel for fast communication where all our active members can post. * Action point: ask on whatsapp permission to move to messenger, in order to be inclusive to people without smartphones. Second option to move to telegram (no smartphone required) or signal (most secure). Maintain discourse for longer discussions, actively move important discussions on discourse or meetings. #### Improvisation workshops * Should we invite people or jam first as a working group? We do both * Giorgos P. to be scheduled in late March. Sofia to speak to him. * Maybe ask other more experimental musicians if they are interested to facilitate. #### DIY electronic music workshops * Dimitris would like to teach us synths with PIC microcontrollers. * Sofia would like to combine this with other microcontrollers and sensors and the broken orchestra idea. * Low level electronics and computing is a good way to teach people with 0 knowledge about making, computers, sound etc. * Possibility to also utilise the laptops and use VCV Rack for the sound synthesis 101 part. * Discussion to do the workshops collaboratively and in an open format. * Stefan maybe will contribute with a MIDI controller workshop. ## 6/2/2020 in attendance: Assani, Dimitris, Sofia, Anastasis, Stefan #### Bars * We messed up with Jawed - Let's organize a shared todo list / single source of truth. Designated Jawed Communications Officer would have ideally updated this shared todo so we/that person doesn't forget * Assani will go to Kallithea to offer Jawed his reimbursement and figure out what happened to the profil. * Sofia to speak with the admin WG about Jawed's reimbursement options. * Dimitris and Assani to ask contacts for helping us out with the installation. #### Budget * Finalising budget to go to Khora assembly. | What | Value (€)| Comments | | -------- | -------- | -------- | | Speaker bundle | 399 | Low-end PA speakers, incl. stands and cables. To be installed in the studio room for people to make their own recordings, work, rehearse and learn about sound and music. Can be moved to other locations occasionally for events. | | Mixer | 215 | Basic 8-channel mixer. | | Piano move | 161 | Quote for Kallidromiou to Kastalias, incl. VAT | | Sound treatment | 100 | Back-up budget for neighbourhood complaints. | | Van hire | 65 | Metalwork | | Welding metal | 47 | Metalwork | | Metal not covered by Zisimos | 108 | Metalwork | | Metal installation | 60 | Metalwork | TOTAL | 1155 | Total fundraised by cyclist Will | 1800 * Ask for the remaining budget will go towards maintenance, electronics supplies for workshops, speakers installation in the kitchen or other areas etc. ## 16/01/2020 in attendance: Anastasis, Sofia, Dimitris, Stefan missing minutes ## 09/01/2020 In attendance: Anastasis, Ivan, Sofia, Stefan #### Security: Bars are done. Anastasis will try to bring them with his car i.e. on Saturday morning. Will talk with Asani and Jawed/Nunu. Might need two cars. After bringing them to the basement Jawed might install them? Need to confirm if he's a "mastoras". Sofia will tell Nunu/Jawed to directly contact Anastasis instead of proxying. #### Musical equipment: Buying stuff from Thomann. We need to talk again to the assembly for the money. The accounting team agreed. Need to make a plan for money for next year. Ivan writes to the group to bother Thom to tell us if the transaction went through. Admin team decided we need proof of transfer. **update:** Thom confirmed we have the money. We only need to present a plan for 2020 and we get it. #### Philosophy intermission: Money may or may not exist. Is it a social construct? Should we trust financial entities? (Optional reading: "Debt: the first 5000 years" by Graeber) #### Pending obligations: 1. Jam sessions 2. "Opening" the space 3. Funding concert 4. Fixing front lock 5. Fixing the internet #### "Opening": Workshops Anastasis: We should maybe not make it super open. Some leading figure who organizes the tutorial. Sofia: she said she would take the lead for a workshop. Doesn't have the time currently. Maybe in a month. Ivan: We should buy the speakers even without security and transfer when safe so that we are ready. Sofia: We will make a public event for Aki's tutorial. Ivan: can bring projector. Sofia: clean space. Anastasis: will talk with Dimitris who knows Akis to organize. Sofia: Akis should start with folk music in relationship with Avantgarde music to get the kypseliotes. ###### Group therapy session: Important to follow community rules. We are all doing it out of free will. Need to just evaluate our abilities if we agree on taking on responsibilities. (my own summary, some may disagree) #### Jam session: Sofia: people ask when again. Stefan: do we want to add rules? Not free free like the chaos last time Sofia: would like to organize. Rotating facilitator who explains how this works at the beginning. Anastasis: make it clear it's not a traditional folk jam or whatever it is. _Talked about how we feel about it_ Anastasis: recurring day where we announce the theme beforehand. Let's start next week with Sofia. He might do the second with field recordings after talking with Dimitris. Sofia: people bring their own equipment for now. Anastasis: won't bring speakers. Ivan: Dimitris might find some. Anastasis: volume issues with small amps Stefan: I cannot on Wednesday, confirmed because we will prepare for a live for Saturday ###### Bonus: Ivan: add lights this week / will check up on Tuesday for internet / give in the invoices of the buys to Sofia. Make sum, check if leftover for buying locks and lights. Sofia: Savvas may bring his free workshop here on eastern music. ## 12/12/2019 in attendance: Sofia, Dimitris, Assani, ? #### Heaters * Beehive looking for heaters, sound lab can keep 2 and the rest can go to other khora areas #### Bars #### Opening date * Jam session planned on the 17th * Assani to create the event on facebook. Let's jam! * Possibility to do one Open Day per week (Thursday?) hacklab style * workshops to start in January * Dimitris can do photography * maybe invite our contacts for lectures, Akis? * Hussain can do maqam stories * Broken orchestra #### updates from khora meeting * excited about updates, questions about opening date * asked sound lab to be more present in meetings #### Fundraising concert * 13/12 we will know whether it is possible to do it at Irida. if we receive a green light a letter from khora will be required for the Sigklitos of UoA #### Updates from admin meeting on the budget * positive news, admin proposed to move forward to assembly proposal #### Speakers for the kitchen * Dimitris found cheap amps from China, no need to DIY. Sofia to pass it on to Kitchen WG. ## 08/12/19 in attendance: Jawed, Sofia, Ivan, Assani, Anastasis, Tom, Dimitris ###### Agenda * Window bars Jawed took measurements of windows, agreed a design for the bars, and will start working on this over the coming days - Anastasis to communicate with Jawed * Admin meeting To know whether we can access the money from Will the cyclist, some of us will go to the Khora Admin meeting this Wednesday afternoon at 6pm * Khora meetings and assembly We also need to regularly attend Khora meetings (every Tuesday) and general assembly (one per month). We can decide each week who will attend. * Updated project list! 1. Akis to lead a course on sound, aesthetics and politics (including Deleuze) - could be done at weekends - Dimitris to contact Akis about this 2. Photography course - Dimitris - course materials ready and prepared 3. Broken Orchestra - Sofia - also good to go, flexible programme - need to get the rest of the instruments from Jafra (and elsewhere?) 4. Field recording - Tom - could do this in the summer (although we might not still have the building then) 5. Documentary screening - Anastasis' friend - could happen in basement or Khora kitchen 6. UAWO - have already discussed with Sofia about dance workshops and radio ideas - consult with them about how the basement space could be most useful for them 7. Jam sessions - easiest thing to organise, and easiest thing to communicate re: sound lab activities - can bring our own speakers for this until we get basement speakers 8. Maqam workshops with Hussain - Sofia has been talking with Hussain about this - could also then bring different sound/music communities together to the jam sessions 9. Rehearsal space - we have three good rooms which could be used as rehearsal space for groups in the neighbourhood * Opening plans - have open days, possibly on a Saturday morning and one afternoon during the week * Fundraising concert - Dimitris * Dimitris trying to see if it can happen at Irida student cinema. * * Meeting time * Agreed to change meeting time to 19:30, with a buffer of 15' for late arrivals, coffee, chat etc. ## 28/11/19 in attendance: Ivan, Sofia, Anastasis, Dimitris, Nuno ##### agenda * Workshops plan/schedule (dimitris synth + broken orchestra) * Fancy Fundraising Concert * Window bars + Nunu * Ambasador for Khora assembly * Opening dates? * Cycling money? * opening the meeting Short meeting, made plans with Nuno about bars welding. ## 28/11/19 in attendance: Assani, Sofia, Anastasis, Dimitris ##### Agenda * Update list of tasks needed till opening * PENDING * Broken orchestra plans * PENDING, Sofia to talk to Mahmoud for more broken instruments * Proposal to help in the kitchen with audio cables/speakers and tech work * Dimitris wants to plan a workshop making the amp for the speakers * Metal frenzy * Updates on discourse, Nuno coming to the next meeting to coordinate * Proposal to force Dimitris to organize a casual synth course * Short discussion on what this will be about? ## 10/10/19 in attendance: Stefan, Anastasis, Assani, Dimitris, Ivan, Sofia #### Sunday 15th, afternoon, Working day meet around 15 * Finish electricity * Make plans for bars * Furniture to be assembled * Some decisions for furniture. * Internet cablework Sofia bring cables for lights! #### Bars Need those before buying anything Work day Sofia Danae and Jawed will meet and make plans for bars #### Sound Equipment Finalized! #### Budget ##### Finalized equipment budget: €875 (€399 for speaker bundle, €215 for mixer, €161 for piano including standard VAT, and €100 for soundproofing materials). Again, if I’ve got any of this wrong, please let me know! Plus wallmounts = ~ 900 EUR ##### The person donating wants to donate 1600 EUR to music related project at Khora If we'd like to secure the full budget potentially available we need to present what the soundlab is, write down rough things we'd like to spend the rest 700 EUR on. we should list some workshops, mention maitenance, mention broken orchestra project etc.. we will colaborate on the document with soundlab ideas this week, Tom will go through it and present it to the person. #### Broken Orchestra Assani and Anastasis responsible for delivering instruments (and kits) to the space. Write to Nestos, check what's going on with instruments. #### Opening Plans, communicating what we are doing * a bunch of stuff in Greek I didn't understand, rude! ## 03/10/19 in attendance: Stefan, Dimitris, Ivan, Sofia, Zina #### Sound Equipment * decided to move ahead with the proposed equipment listed from Thomann once budget is confirmed We can use Tom's writeup for out website as well * when we have the equipment, good to make an inventory of what exists in the space in order to avoid losing things, as well as keep track of what goes in and out #### Budget * wrap up the budget* add wall mounts to budget * in the letter to the cyclist, make a proposition of how the basement projects might continue and if he would be willing to support this <<< not sure I've written this out properly /// (This is with reference to the fact that at the moment A9B be spending less than the full budget available) * in the letter to the cyclist, make a proposition of how the basement projects might continue and if he would be willing to support this <<< not sure I've written this out properly /// (This is with reference to the fact that at the moment A9B be spending less than the full budget available) * find a time that's suitable to bring the #### Broken orchestra/instruments instruments from Jafra and Inaki * Sofia will send a link to the open sourc platform / course. Potentially get in touch with some free kiets /// elearn.ellak.gr - different courses #### Maintenance / working space * meeting Friday 04/10/2019 to do electrics * need to make a plan for metal bars #### Piano * still pending move because construction continues at the kitchen where it will be moved to #### Opening Plans * try and have a presence in the khora assembly - good to let them know about what we have and that it can be used, and that it is one project of Khora * launching event * how to communicate what we are doing #### TO DO: * kit space out with more surfaces * Sofia will speak to Danae about design * Typografeio link Sofia ## 19/09/19 in attendance: Dimitris, Sofia, Ivan, Nestos #### Electrical * We went around the space and made measurements for upgrading the electrical installation. Dimitris will write to discourse about the plan and coordinate with an electrician. * Proposal to be submmitted to the next Khora assembly for buying materials. #### Windows & doors * Zisimos is fixing the glass and frames himself. * Sofia will talk to Jawed about metalwork. We need a sketch to send to Zisimos for approval and to order the metal. #### Internet * Khora meeting agreed with one of the proposals, Ivan to coordinate getting a line for the basement. #### Equipment & budget * Dimitris will write some suggestions from outsourced used equipment from local resellers. * There was a discussion about types of speakers/monitors, to be continued on discourse. * Sofia has given the old Thingomatic printer to a ## 05/09/19 in attendance: Dimitris, Anastasis, Zina, Assani, Jawed, Yorgos #### Cleaning/painting day * The space has been painted - but might need another good clean once we are done with all the electrics and metalwork etc. #### Securing physical space * Metal bars: make final measurements / get a quote & order materials. Then fitted by Jawed. * Window installation: From what we saw the glass is not broken, but the one side has a wooden cover. So maybe this needs replacing. Ivan had mentioned on Whatsapp about looking into this for next week. * There is a missing relay from the electrics board which was deemed unsafe for use by some electricians. After discussion, it seems this was an exaggeration. * Jawed said he can sort the electrics out on the weekend. Need to buy all the materials for this. Said to talk with Sofia to arrange this. * Sofia is meeting with Zisimos on the weekend to confirm some details regarding the space before moving forward. ##### Equipment / Budget * Final quote for piano next week when we find out the model. When the time comes, it was decided it will get moved to the kitchen. Quote estimate so far 130-150 EUR + VAT * Dimitris mentioned he can perhaps get a discount from his place of work, which sells studio equipment. * Finalise the budget next week to have ready to send off to the cyclist #### Projects / Space use * Have the physical space in the next 2/3 weeks ready : electricity, window, metal bars & internet * Questions about what we actually start doing in the space when it is physically ready, and how do we make what we are doing in there known for people to join / come through so that we expand instead of being "amongst ourselves" * Suggestion to communicate with the Khora assembly, and through that with other assemblies as well that they are welcome to join the space * Aim to make basement homely so people want to come and hang out in there, and use as a creative space * Future ideas: * Synth building workshops - Dimitris * Build Directional speakers - Anastasis ## 29/08/19 in attendance: Anastasis, Zina, Ivan, Sofia, Stefan #### Budgeting and fundraising ##### Cyclist fund (1500gbp = 1672.25eur with exact conversion rate) * Piano to move to Kastalias. * Get piano move quote > Zina * Piano tuning ~50EUR. Possibility to tune ourselves as a project (Dimitris) * Monitors and mixing desk (450eur) * Maintenance (200eur) * Decision that sound treatment/proofing cost is not in the minimum budget ##### Reverb gives * Waiting for rec letter by Freya (Help Refugees) #### Cleaning/painting day * Saturday 31 August 1pm * to coordinate about supplies at Aiginis building meeting on Friday * to transfer desk and buy 6 trestles for initial setup * possibly buy colour paint (Nestos?) #### Security * Sofia to propose to landlord to cover the cost of metal bars for the windows/doors * Anastasis/Zina to get quotes #### Internet * Ivan agrees we need a unifi AP * Ivan to plan ethernet channels #### Aiginis coordination meeting 30/8 * Anastasis and Sofia to join * plan to be ready in one month * coordinate over furniture, wood, paint, cleaning supplies #### Projects * Tom to follow up with Inaki about old Khora instruments * Tom will transfer 4 new guitars when space is secured, sent by a music fund. right now they are stored in communitism ## 22/08/19 In attendance: Sofia, Nestos, Jawed, Stefan #### Logistics * We did a bit of clean-up and furniture arrangement in the space. * Sofia to contact Zisimos (landlord) to discuss windows and securing the space. Amalia (khora admin assistant) was informed and will help if necessary. * Indoor doors are in the middle room (storage). * 1 bookcase, 1 couch and 1 dexion are at the space and need assembly. * It was decided to do a general cleaning-painting-fixing day! #### Internet Stefanos tested the internet connection through power lines and it was a bit unstable. Nick (khora volunteer) tested some solutions last week and we are waiting for follow-up. Probably sb needs to bring this to a building meeting/Aiginis coordination. #### Studio * checked the available equipment * Nestos to draft a plan for the room and share it on discourse #### Lab area/common space * Draft design of working desks on the blueprints * Jawed to make a plan for what's needed * possibility to collaborate with other workshops, such as typografeio (communitism) ## 26/07/19 Khora basement minutes 26 July 2019 In attendance: Sofia, Tom, Hussain, Ivan, Zina, Billie, Mari, Alicia, Dimitris, Asani, Nestos, Stefanos, Anastasis, Giorgos, Nuno, Gomidas, Emma, Jawed, Calum Agenda: 1) Welcome and introductions 2) About Khora Emma and Nuno provided info on Khora, its history and current activities. Basement at Aiginis 9 is a space for co-working and creativity – with one room allocated as a sound lab / music studio. 3) Practical Things We’re currently working on securing the space: getting windows fitted, etc. We now have three sets of keys for the basement, but need to develop a plan for access to the space (ideally 24/7). RFIDs would be useful for this. We have an internet connection, but need to improve signal across all floors (Stefanos knows how to do this). We are also bringing furniture to the basement. Need to spend some time cleaning and painting. Need to respect the quiet hours! Soundproofing is a priority – we have some foam panels from the old Khora building at Asklipiou, but we need to do more. Jawed offered to do any building and carpentry work, and Dimitris can do treatment of the space. There’s a risk that this could be quite expensive, so we need to figure out how to soundproof the studio space and make a budget for this. We might also have overheating issues, so may need a cooling system. Asani has a car that we can use. 4) Activity Ideas Ivan mentioned an Improv Mondays group, and proposed that we could do something similar. Also that it would be good to meet regularly to discuss creative activities. Emma talked about having the other small room in the basement as a writing space – to be used for a book project for ‘Are You Syrious?’ and other projects. Dimitris could run workshops on modular synthesis. Tom can run workshops on location (field) recording – producing and editing. He is currently doing this at Communitism. Zina also works with soundscape recordings. Nuno proposed that we use opensource software for projects, and that this could be a general ethos for the space. Sofia suggested a project of working with broken instruments and creating some kind of broken orchestra. The United African Women’s Organisation (who have a space on the 1st floor) do music and dance. The big room in the basement can be a general meeting and workshop space. We can get a projector in for this. We need to start doing things, and some concrete tasks to get going. This means both the practicalities of fixing up the space, and beginning some creative projects. General plan of ‘let’s do everything at the same time’. 5) Fundraising and Equipment We have been working on an application for Reverb Gives (up to $5000) – just waiting for a letter of recommendation to complete the application. We also have a donation from a member of a cycling group – Thighs of Steel – from 2017, allocated for music-related things. This is to cover the costs of moving a piano to the Khora café building at Spetson (and tuning it), but we probably have a few hundred £ for equipment. We are currently negotiating this. Tom will bring an electric guitar, a synth, and a drum machine to the basement. Hussain has a friend who is selling an amplifier. Dimitris has access to cheap equipment. 6) Establishing a Working Group Everyone is invited to join the Khora assembly Need a system of regular communication. We took email addresses and Ivan volunteered to make a mailing list. We discussed which platform to use for everyday communications. Not everyone uses (or trusts) FB and WhatsApp. Signal and Matrix as alternatives. We can continue to use HackPad for the minutes of group meetings, and to create a needs list. We set a meeting time of Thursdays at 7pm. We need to think of a name – current suggestion: ‘Sofia’s Friends’. # Website update Made a quick site (will change it with your feedback) and a discourse forum for our communication https://a9b.org (discourse supports mailing list interface for people who prefer email) pls register at, https://discourse.a9b.org \- Ivan temporary whatsapp group for coordination: https://chat.whatsapp.com/K0DKNPUziyJ2BuK37tgypw # Khora open (sound?) lab (?) #### Πρώτη ανοιχτή συνάντηση, Παρασκευή 26/7, 19:30 #### 1st open meeting, Friday 26 July, 19:30 *Αιγίνης 9, Κυψέλη (υπόγειο) Aiginis 9, Kypseli (basement)* Φτιάχνουμε ένα ανοιχτό-συνεργατικό εργαστήριο στο υπόγειο του νέου χώρου της Χώρας, όπου ελπίζουμε να χωρέσουμε ήχο, σκονισμένους υπολογιστές, ημιτελείς κατασκευές και σπασμένα σάζια. Όλοι οι καλοί χωράνε, πρώτη συνάντηση για συνδιαμόρφωση του εγχειρήματος αυτή την Παρασκευή 26/7 στις 7μιση εκεί. Η Χώρα είναι μια αυτο-οργανωμένη συλλογικότητα εθελοντών που προέρχονται από διαφορετικές χώρες και πολιτισμικές καταβολές που λειτουργεί στην Αθήνα από το 2016, αλληλέγγυα στους εκτοπισμένους ανθρώπους. We are opening a new collaborative workshop space at the basement of the new building of Khora, where we hope to fit sound, dusty computers, unfinished makings and broken sazes. All souls are welcome, first meeting to co-modulate (?!) the project this Friday 26/7, 7:30pm at the basement. Khora is a self-organised collective of volunteers from various countries and cultural backgrounds that operates in Athens since 2016, in solidarity with displaced people. <div style="text-align: right"> نحن سنفتتح مكان جديد لورشة عمل تعاونية في الطابق السفلي من مبنى خورا الجديد، حيث نأمل بتكييف الأصوات وأجهزة الكمبيوتر المُغبرة والمصنوعات غير المكتملة وآلات الساز المتكسرة. جميع النفوس مرحبٌ بها، أول إجتماع للمشاركة في تعديل الأصوات (؟!) المشروع يوم الجمعة ٧/٢٦ في الساعة ٧:٣٠ مساءً في الطابق السفلي. خورا هي مجموعة من المتطوعين من مختلف البلدان والخلفيات الثقافية والمنظمين ذاتياً والتي تعمل في أثينا تضامنا مع النازحين منذ عام ٢٠١٦.</div>