Talks

My Dinner With Wendy

Robin Heisey

Many years ago, I got to meet my musical hero, the elusive composer and synthesist Wendy Carlos, visiting her studio in Manhattan and welcoming her to my family’s home in Toronto. In this talk, I’ll share some of the musical and human insights I gained from my many conversations with one of the most misunderstood and underrated artists of her generation.

Feedback Patching Techniques

Craig Renaud

An exploration and explanation of feedback and its uses within a modular synthesiser, using basic building blocks on a Eurorack system. In addition, we’ll be looking at a basic version of a Rungler patch, based off Rob Hordijk’s wonderful Benjolin and Blippoo box devices.

Panel Discussion

The Canadian Electronic Ensemble

Discuss our performance, ask questions, start conversations… electronic improvisation, CEE History, Canadian electronic music history, electronic instrument history, etc.  Let’s see where it goes!

Modular <-> DAW interoperability

David Sutherland

This talk is focused at the modular novice and seeks to identify technology that supports interoperability. Basically we are going to look at issues and techniques that will help the DAW and the modular play nice with each other. Since questions and observations are welcome during the presentation, by the end of the hour there will be more left to explore than was covered.
The main technology used during the talk is Ableton Live 9, Silent Way and a Eurorack Synthesiser.

Using Samples In A Modular System

Heidi Chan

Using and manipulating samples as the primary sound source in a modular system.

Thinking Outside the Box

Jacob Watters

Learn how to use modules in ways that the designers never intended. Jacob Watters from Roland Canada will give patch demonstrations and instruction on how to think of patching in new and inventive ways. Learn to expand your creative patching potential.

Randomness, Uncertainty and Chaos

Steve Castellano

A Radiolab-style exploration of the search for uncertainty – In this talk we’ll explore the role of uncertainty in defining the character of modern modular synthesizers, as well as the generally accepted distinctions between randomness, uncertainty and chaos. Using the Turing Machine, Chaos Brother, Wogglebug and Sloth as examples, we’ll examine the different approaches developers have taken to introduce musical unpredictability into the modular environment.

A History of Acid

Lyle Crilly

The TB-303 is THE sound of acid and techno house music.  It’s a monophonic analog bass synthesizer married to a pattern-based step sequencer.  Released in 1982, it features a single analog oscillator with two waveforms (ramp or square) and has a simple but excellent VCF (filter) with resonance, cut-off, and envelope controls. There are also knobs to adjust tuning, envelope decay, tempo and accent amount.  In this talk we will examine how an instrument that was initially considered to be a commercial “flop” spawned a whole genre of music and became one of the most desirable synths in the world.