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 aimed at beginners, you’ll learn some of the essential sound design knowledge for creating your own 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 on modular grid.
Jonnine Nokes (they/them) is an artist and freelance audio engineer working across venues in Naarm (Melbourne). They have mixed and mastered music for local musicians across a wide range of genres. They have designed sound and score for theatre and dance productions, installation work, and web content. They have also worked as a synthesiser and production workshop facilitator for Melbourne Sound School.
Jonnine writes music under their current solo moniker, Horse Pills, and has composed primarily with eurorack modular synthesis for over 10 years. They have played in various electronic ensembles and under several solo guises over the past 15 years. They are currently a member of synthpunk outfit Screensaver, and formerly one half of industrial/synthwave duo Activities of Daily Living.
Jonnine is a co-founder of local record label Tender Collection, devoted to releasing queer/feminist electronic, punk and outsider music.