Wednesday, February 03, 2010


The first rule of Hacker Farm is you, uh, don't talk about Hacker Farm.

It's not happened yet - Hacker Farm, I mean - but when it does I'll tell you about it. I'm almost scared to mention in case I jinx it in some way.

The idea kinda drifted out of some conversations Farmer Glitch n I have been having about stuff...and then some weird coincidental things started drifting n clicking into place, then a thought started congealing in the Farmer's hay-stuffed head and - blugger me - he started running with it.

So, uh, Hacker Farm. I can't talk about it. Yet.

But I'm hoping if we can will this thing into existence, then...

Remember all that hot air n guff I spouted here and on Beyond the Implode about how the best things are usually right under yr nose, and how every small town has its compliment of bedroom tape-manglers, outsider musicians, wannabe electronics boffins and noise-ists? There's a few round here and they've been moaning for years that there's nowhere for them to play or hang out. Well, suppose there was? Suppose there was a place they could go to meet like-minded weirdoes, socialise n network, learn new skills and methodologies (and teach us theirs) and build stuff...

Well, a place like that might be, well, a Hacker Farm.

Of course, there are places like that in cities - arts centres, workshops, co-operatives - but nothing like that in the glorious microblip of a town I live in.

So, imagine what might happen when you start bring interesting local people together, fire them up - give them permission to do something - and give them resources.

That'd be a Hacker Farm, I reckon.

It's just a silly, impossible dream, I know. I'd love to talk about it, but I can't.

Not yet.


At 9:29 pm, Blogger Daniel Poeira said...

I reckon you have some seeds planted in there, parner.

At 9:47 pm, Blogger Pete Um said...

Me and The Doozer been talking about a similar locus-dearth hereabouts, so I'm intrigued.

At 10:22 pm, Blogger Fritz Bogott said...

Is it important that it be a place? The local 3D-printer cooperative around here has kind of fallen apart because they could no longer make the rent.

You could avoid that by planning a series of gear-n-beer house- or rented-hall parties like us valve-audio guys do, where everybody is supposed to bring contact mics and soldering irons and Pignoses and crap to circuit-bend.

Set up a Skype feed so I can attend all ghostly.

At 10:51 pm, Blogger I am not Kek-w said...

A that would be awesome - a video-conference type thing! That's something to think about. I was gonna ask if they had wireless access there. One of the things I'd like to bring to the table with this project is (hopefully) the idea of Yeovil becoming a node in something - some sort of global-local nub-net - so that we get off-shore collabs, etc going. I think something we could use to sell the local council on this is the idea of 'twinning' our town with artistic endeavours in towns in other nations.

The Farmer is also talking about hacking visual stuff too - so we could be playing with video/visuals, as well as music.

It's looking feasible at the moment; but I'm scared I might hex it lol.

"where everybody is supposed to bring contact mics and soldering irons and Pignoses and crap to circuit-bend." Sounds wonderful, Fritz! Yep - that's part of what we're planning...and hopefully some other fun stuff.

I don't *do* Facebook lol, but Farmer Glitch has set this up tonight:

I'm hoping you guys will be honorary out-of-town Hacker-Farmers...if we can get this going, then maybe we can collaborate / team-up / swap ideas with all down the wire...

At 8:03 am, Blogger guttersnipe said...

cool! are disenfranchised Bristolian lo-fi knob twiddlers allowed to join...? hoping the farmer can help me overcome my fear of soldering. playing the old west country solidarity card here...

At 8:03 pm, Blogger farmer glitch said...

Seeds planted indeed !! Nice post Kek ...

Video link is very much worth considering - as is the idea of remote audio/video jamming using vid-cams etc - nice and lofi - I need to check that the venue will have decent broadband.

There are a few other groups here and there it would be great to hook up with for sure ..

All seems good !!

At 11:45 pm, Blogger I am not Kek-w said...

"are disenfranchised Bristolian lo-fi knob twiddlers allowed to join...? "

Of course they are, Nick!

You're an honorary Yeovilian, far as we're concerned!

For what it's worth, your soldering couldn't possibly be worse than mine.


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