Ed Devane is an Irish multidisciplinary artist working primarily with sound. His work encompasses electronic music production, musical instrument design and manufacture, educational workshop facilitation and interactive sound installation. Ed is a member of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and has been funded by the Irish Arts Council, Culture Ireland and Limerick City of Culture Visual Arts Legacy Program.
The artist also leads a series of instrument making and improvisation workshops and events for Future Artist Maker - taking place over two days, from Wednesday 22nd to Thursday 23rd February.
Day 1 includes using Arduino with Ableton Live to create robot drummers, light controls and sensors, and sound design incorporating DIY instrument building, found sounds, and effect feedback.
Day 2 includes improvisation exercises and short creative challenges, building up to a public performance of the work.
As a musician, he has released music under his own name on labels such as 'Touchin' Bass' and 'Mantrap Recordings', and as 'Withering Zithering' on Acre Recordings and Farpoint Records. He is currently working on new beat driven material. Ed has completed a number of bespoke instrument commissions for a list of clients around the world. Through designing and making these custom instruments, Ed has explored a variety of traditional and modern building techniques including wood turning and carving, casting and 3D printing etc. These commissions have led to larger installation commissions that have been interacted with in IMMA, SARC, RCC Letterkenny and MusicTown Dublin, Ed has also given workshops at a variety of locations and art centres in Ireland.
MonoLute (2016), Ed Devane (IRL)
Part of ongoing research and experimentation into musical instrument design, education and digital fabrication. Designed to be able to produce just one note at a time on a single string (mono), and to be played within an ensemble of MonoLute players, collectively generating an audio drone etc. The MonoLute was developed in the Future Artist-Maker student bootcamp at FabLab Limerick, bringing contemporary digital fabrication tools to an exploration of music design and heritage.