Eurorack is the predominant form of contemporary modular synthesis, where you can assemble the machine of your dreams one device at a time. What began as a bunch of modules from a single company has grown into an entirely new culture and industry within electronic sound and music. It’s a way of life for its devotees. Something like boutique guitar pedals – but for synth heads.
In this workshop, you’ll learn some essential sound design knowledge for creating patches, survey the landscape of modules and manufacturers and get some hands-on time with MESS’s extensive range of systems representing the depth and breadth of this new universe of aural colours. WARNING: Using and buying Eurorack modules can be habit-forming!
Each session runs from 6pm – 10pm with approximately two hours of talk and demonstration followed by some solo time with the machines in the collection under the guidance of the workshop leader. You are encouraged to bring your own recording gear (laptop + soundcard, handheld recorder or other devices) to capture sounds made on the night.
Check out some of our Eurorack Skiffs that you'll have access to on modular grid.
To introduce people who are new to synthesis, electronic sound, and the eurorack modular format, to the basic common concepts used in this format.
None. This course is aimed at people with no or minimal prior knowledge/experience of sound synthesis and/or electronic music/sound production.
There is no requirement to bring your own equipment to this workshop. You are welcome to bring your own laptop & soundcard or portable sound recorder to this workshop to capture the sounds you create. MESS has all the otherequipment needed, such as headphones, cables, etc.
After this course you will have been introduced to the key concepts and basic methods needed to create sound using a eurorack modular synthesiser. You will also have the basic information needed to make informed decisions about how you might go about assembling their your system as well as resources you can use to inform your practice in this field further.