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Workshop - Open Modular with Peter Kirn

Event organized by Super TOKONOMA

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Der Teilnahme am Workshop ist kostenlos. Alles was ihr braucht ist ein Laptop und Kopfhörer. Die Anzahl der Teilnehmer*innen ist auf 20 begrenzt. Bitte per email an info@jangrebenstein.com mit dem Betreff "open modular workshop" anmelden.

Der Workshop wird mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Digipools der Kunsthochschule Kassel realisiert.


Public Program:
virtual modular playground (concert/party)


Build a playable modular rig for nothing, on a PC:
Learn modular synthesis with free and open tools

The computer is an open canvas for synthesis - you never run out of cables, you never add weight, and you can keep adding modules as long as your ideas (and CPU power) keep up. So in this workshop, we'll get a chance to explore the possibilities of creating new sounds and musical ideas with modular - even if your budget is zero.

Open to anyone with musical inspiration - no previous modular experience required, though everyone should find something new to learn. All you need is a laptop, Mac, Windows, or Linux.

We'll have a brief overview of the tool landscape, then turn to a virtual model of Eurorack modular synthesis that's free and open source as a platform - VCV Rack. We'll explore:

1. How to get VCV Rack installed, and how to keep up with bleeding-edge development builds
2. The basics of some synthesis ideas that work especially well in the modular world (like physical string models), walking you step by step through constructing some sounds
3. How to assemble some basic rhythms and melodies (so this isn't just noodling)
4. How to map to a MIDI controller for live performance without the screen + mouse
5. Integrating clock/sync and audio I/O with other software - including how to combine Rack with software like Ableton Live

And we'll finish with some discussion of how this software rig might be relevant even if you add some physical hardware (even including an actual Eurorack rig).

We'll leave plenty of chance to play and ask questions, and some time to network with one another for follow-up sessions to jam, share music, and learn more.

Peter Kirn is a musician, writer, and technologist. Starting with a background in musicology and composition, he has developed an ongoing interest in helping others understand the history, design, and use of creative music and media technology. He shares that passion via his daily site CDM, as a journalist and speaker, as co-creator of the open MeeBlip hardware synth platform, and through community platforms like the MusicMakers Hacklab, which he's facilitated with CTM Festival, MUTEK Mexico, Music Tech Fest, 4DSOUND, and others, and through his own artistic practice and opening that process to others.

He has investigated the frontiers of sound and media, from collaboration with the European Space Agency to an ongoing partnership with Moscow-based curator Natalia Fuchs in media archaeology, immersive media, and Russia’s past and evolving present scene. As a live electronic musician and producer, he has collaborated in New York with choreographers including Kathy Westwater and Bessie winner Christopher Williams, and in Berlin with Robert Lippok (Raster), Benjamin Weiss (Toktok, Snork Enterprises), and painter Vera Kochubey. His music has appeared on Detroit Underground, Instruments of Discipline, Snork Enterprises, and his own Establishment Records.