Synth Patching Basics with Zoe Blade

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Please note: this workshop is for women and girls only

Catalyst: Festival of Creativity presents Synth Patching Basics with Zoe Blade Age: 16+ Level: Beginner

Time/Date: Saturday 22nd October 2016, 10.00am-1.00pm Venue: DINA, Cambridge St, Sheffield, S1 4HP

Cost: Free, but registration is required

Registration: contact to register

Zoë will give a brief overview of the different parts of a synthesiser: oscillators, noise generators, filters, attenuators.  She will be showing what each synth part does and wiring up an example patch or two, for you to follow along, changing the settings of your patch to taste.

Participants will get to make their own similar patches using the Audulus synth software. Zoë will also include an introduction to the women who pioneered electronic music, with emphasis on how this is about experimenting, that there are no “wrong answers”.

She will share info on further resources for those interested in learning more.  Experimentation is encouraged!

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Equipment: We are pleased to confirm that Audulus are sponsoring this event by donating a free licence to participants.

If possible please bring along your own laptop or iPad so we can get you up and running on the day.

If you don’t have a laptop don’t worry – we can provide equipment for you to use.  It would also be great (but again not necessary) if you were able to bring some headphones along.

About Zoe: Zoë Blade Has been making music since she was 16. She loves using things in ways they are not intended to be used, working with modular synths, DAWs, trackerss and various homebuilt hardware and software. Despite this experimental element to her work she prefers to create music that has an emotional resonance with the listener. She has had work played on MTV when she was a teenager, and scored several documentaries and her music is featured in various soundtracks. Here is her IMDB page:

Zoë has various youtube videos and she is also an accomplished writer. Oh and Zoë composed the 8-Bit Generation soundtrack with PIG!   This event is organised by Lucy Cheesman (Sheffield Hallam University/YSWN Sheffield) and Amy Beeston (University of Sheffield/YSWN Sheffield).

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Posted on 8th October 2016

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