TSF 2017 Speaker Announcement – Sunil Solanki

Distortion: A Historic and Technical Perspective

Sunil Solanki takes a look at the historical development and uses of distortion in music, along with a technical analysis of different types of distortion. Musical examples will be used to illustrate and help demonstrate these concepts.

Sunil Solanki has been involved with electronic music for over 20 years. Starting out with hardware he then moved 100% in the box as computers and DAWs rose to prominence. However, over the last 5 years he’s come back to a completely hardware setup with 12u of eurorack, multiple monosynths and samplers and far too many drum machines and effects pedals. He produces music under the AndroidDreams moniker. Please visit instagram for details – Android_dreams_aphex.

TSF 2017 Speaker Announcement – Christina Sealey!

Performing and Touring with Modular Synths

With 2 decades of experience Christina Sealey (ORPHX) knows a thing or two about the joys and pitfalls of touring with these wonderful and unique instruments.  Christina is also performing at our Saturday evening concert!

Christina Sealey has been creating electronic and experimental music for over two decades, primarily as part of the long-running industrial techno project Orphx (with Richard Oddie). In the studio and on the stage, Christina’s work is characterized by tactile instruments and hands-on methods: tape loops, contact microphones, homemade instruments, and modular synthesizers (as recently featured in the documentary I Dream of Wires). In recent years, Christina has been playing powerful and eclectic DJ sets that combine techno, industrial, electro, EBM, disco, and other sources from the history of electronic music.

DRONE:KLUB 14 at Toronto Sound Festival

A special DRONE:KLUB Gathering for attendees of the Toronto Sound Festival 2017 – Canada’s premiere 2 day festival of synthesized sound with “displays, seminars, concerts and bring your own stuff”. Both droners and audience are welcome. Please note that the Toronto Sound Festival is a ticketed event. You can register here: https://www.torontosoundfestival.com/register/

If you’re attending and have brought your electronics, please join us for a community drone exploration session on Sunday afternoon in the Tranzac Club‘s Tiki Room.

Loadin / Setup / Hangout – 3pm to 3:30pm
The Drone begins at about 3:30pm and ends at about 5:00pm

We’ll be recording for a potential free album release – like these:

If you’re droning, bring some long wires to reach the house mixer and bringing headphones (to hear your part of the ensemble drone more clearly) & a tuner (if you’re analog) would be a plus.

TSF 2017 Speaker Announcement – Dustin Good!

808 – 101

Dustin Good will be taking us through a history of the classic 808 drum machine and it’s impact on modern music.

Dustin has been an active member of the Toronto synthesizer community for many years.  He is a multi-instrumentalist who has embraced electronic instruments as tools for improvisation and sonic exploration.  He is the Synthesizer and DJ Product Specialist for Roland Canada.  He will also be performing at the Saturday night concert as Kor!

TSF 2017 Speaker Announcement – Douglas Romanow!

Swimming in Analog

Toronto Producer Douglas Romanow opens up a few of his recent album tracks to talk about his approach with synthesizers in contemporary track production. Q/A afterwards.

Douglas Romanow

Record Producer/ Mixer/Songwriter at Aporia Records and Bluewater Music Group.
Musical Director for Canadian Country Music Awards.

Record Producer 🇨🇦🇺🇸 Kinnie Starr /Nightmare Air / Garjana / Nicole Rayy / Alessia Cohle / Theatre of Hate.

Engineering credits include: Justin Bieber, Johnny Reid, Chantal Kreviazuk, Divine Brown, Tyga, Nexus Percussion.

Additional Record Producer credits include: Stegall, Midnight Shine, Paige Cobain Kopp, Jef Kearns, Ori Dagan, Amy McConnell & William Sperandei, Errol Lee, Videoman, Aria Tesolin, The Trade-Offs, Chase Aden, Mrs. Johnston, Michael Pickett, The Sattalites, Danny Brooks, Hunter Brothers, Wind May Do Damage, The Immigrants, Erin Haley, Ann Vriend.

Douglas regularly participates as a panelist at music conferences, including Canadian Music Week, Breakout West and Canadian Country Music Week. At several events, he has presented the interactive workshop, “Behind the Glass, An Insider’s Look at Record Production.”​ He is known for his musicality, his clear and amiable leadership style, his vast synth collection and his dry sense of humour. He proudly lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and two daughters.

TSF 2017 Speaker Announcement – Steve Castellano!

Steve Castellano

Steve has presented at every Toronto Sound Festival!  His talks always have lots of well researched information and are presented with a great sense of humour and style.  This year Steve took on what for some would be the daunting task of building the TTSH clone of the classic ARP 2600.  He is going to share his experiences, trials and tribulations.  Steve’s Two Thousand Six Hundred Minnie Meanie made it’s first public appearance at the October 2017 edition of Frequency Freaks (where the photo above was made) and it sounds amazing!

Steve is a writer and musician currently living in Toronto. He took up classical piano at the age of 8 and acquired his first analogue synthesizer when he was 14. At he 17 moved to Toronto where he studied composition under James Tenney and electronic music under Phil Werren at York University. He currently performs and records on a 520 hp Eurorack modular system augmented with an Elektron Octatrack and Moog Sub 37. You can listen to his music at stevecastellano.bandcamp.com.

Don’t forget to register here for this years Toronto Sound Festival November 25-26 2017.

First Speaker Announcement for TSF 2017!

We are truly excited to announce the first of many speakers for the 2017 Toronto Sound Festival!

Emmy nominated composer Amin Bhatia has been both a synth programmer and a film score composer for over 30 years. His prizes at the Roland Worldwide Synthesizer competitions won him international fame in his youth, leading to projects with David Foster and Steve Porcaro.

His “Interstellar Suite” (Capitol/Cinema) became a landmark album for analog synthesizers when he created an orchestral epic without using any samplers. The sequel “Virtuality” was the first album to be endorsed by the Bob Moog Foundation. Of note is “Bolero Electronica”, Ravel’s masterpiece performed on 75 years of synthesizers in chronological order.

Though he now uses real players and orchestral ensembles in his writing, his days with a Roland sequencer and a Minimoog have given him an unusual insight into the subtleties of arranging and orchestration for both real and imagined instruments.

His tv scoring credits include “Anne with an E”, “Flashpoint” and “X Company”.  Film credits include “Iron Eagle II” and “John Woo’s Once a Thief” as well as several IMAX features for award winning director David Lickley.

Amin has consulted for many synthesizer companies including Roland, Arturia, Spectrasonics and Sequential.


Don’t forget to register for the Toronto Sound Festival here.