Sunday, March 8, 2009

Second synthSIG meeting

The second meeting of synthSIG met on Thursday Feb. 26th with a small but dedicated group. Our first presenter was Samual Raymond who demonstrated his compositional approach to "Narrative Sound." His approach was to extensively modify Garageband instruments to fit his expressive intents. He utilized Garageband's multi-tracking capabilities to create a progression of motifs that matched his narrative. The result was quite impressive in variety of timbres and expression.

Our second presenter that evening was Yohsuke Araki who brought his microKorg synth along with a multi-effect mixer and eked out a variety of rich sounds.

John Phillips was our third presenter who brought in an impressive array of hardware to demonstrate his interactive video/sound presentation. John utilized a Buchla Lightning wand performer( Buchla and Associates - Lightning III ), along with two laptop computers containing video and audio files.

Brian Biggs wound-up the evening doing a presentation of SoundCloud ( a place where creators of electronic music can upload, share and comment on works by members of the electronica community. Individuals may upload up to ten works for free or an unlimited number by paying a fee.

The next meeting of synthSIG will be either in March or early April. The meeting will be held in the UArts School of Music recording/synthesizer studio and will feature a demonstration of the very rare Moog modular synthesizer (number four of this rare breed!)

In addition there is an ARP 2600 synth that will be shown.

If there are any additions, corrections or suggestions and links, please contact:
Tom Porett

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