Making of Bolero Electronica

Amin Bhatia on the creation of Bolero Electronica using a 75 year history of synthesizers.

The 15-minute “Bolero Electronica” was realized with the help of Steve Porcaro and Patrick Moraz, and is a ride through the generations of synthesizers from the old days until the present, as much paying a tribute to both the late Bob Moog as the history of synthesisers.” – Bert Strolenberg –

Swimming in Analog

Toronto Producer Douglas Romanow will open up a few of his recent album tracks to talk about his approach with synthesizers in contemporary track production.

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!

Integrating Software with Your Modular World

Joe Byer (v01d) will discuss the integration between DAWs and the modular synth world. Using Expert Sleepers’ Silent Way software, he’ll demonstrate how to sync, control and even achieve polyphony on a Eurorack modular synth. Performance tips and tricks will also include some nifty iOS software that will unleash creative sound exploration.

Building a TTSH – ARP 2600 Clone

Steve (The Doc) Castellano is one of our most popular speakers and has spoken at every Toronto Sound Festival to date.  Take a look through the photos of past events he’s easy to spot!  For this talk Steve will talk about the history of the ARP 2600 and walk us through his build of the TTSH ARP 2600 Clone and give us a little demonstration!  This particular synth has only been seen in public once before and by all accounts (including that of the writer) sounds incredible!

808 101

Dustin Good will be taking us through a history of the classic 808 drum machine, the SH-01 and their impact on modern music.  Saturday night Dustin will be performing music from his new project, Kor!

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.