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Intro to Modular Synths with Chris Powell

Let’s talk about the Wonders Of Modular Synthesizers! Have you seen videos recently of electronic instruments with tons of wires and knobs and wondered what is going on with all that stuff? Are you a musician/producer looking to expand your sonic horizons?

Chris Powell, can explain what’s happening with all that rainbow cable spaghetti and all those knobs!
This two hour workshop & presentation will cover the ins and outs of modular synthesizers and help demystify the overall patching process. Attendees will leave with reference sheets that cover the basics as well as good online resources to help you continue your exploration. We’ll explore the building blocks and make wild sounds from scratch as we go step by step. Ask any questions as we go! 

This workshop is ideal for musicians that have had a curiosity in modular synthesizers but have been unsure what to ask or where to begin. Let’s talk shop and activate/animate our music making process!

13 Spots Available

COST: $20-30 Sliding Scale

Christopher Sean Powell (aka Pow Pow, aka Pay Pow, aka Powserati) is a self-taught rhythm scholar, producer, and electronic music-maker living in Philadelphia, PA. As a main contributor in the Philadelphia art and sound collective Need New Body, which fused improvisation with popular song structures, Powell began a career of international recording and performance, creating music at the nexus of art and entertainment. Since 1999, he has collaborated, recorded, and toured worldwide with a diverse spectrum of artists and musicians, including the Sun Ra Arkestra, Yoko Ono, and the Boredoms. Powell’s work in the eclectic and high energy Philadelphia band Man Man has helped focus his talent as a leader in the live performance context. Together with Griffin Rodriguez, Powell explores popular music based on jazz and non-Western rhythms as the Los Angeles production duo Icy Demons. His latest music projects include Adventuredrum, a conceptually-based performance Powell composes for an ensemble of drummers, GRANT$, a hip hop duo with artist Tim Fite, and Modular On The Spot, a worldwide synth collective which performs improvised musical sets on modular synthesizer systems in various outdoor locations. Powell’s body of work has most recently expanded to creating instruments for NYC/Philly based synthesizer company Critter & Guitari’s Organelle keyboard.