Wednesday, February 15th, at 6pm ET,
FREE with RSVP
The Computer Music Center at Columbia University present a beginner’s workshop and introduction to the Serge Modular synthesizer. Textbooks and internet video tutorials that introduce any modular sound synthesis often assume prior knowledge of either the format of the technology or the principles of shaping sound.
This workshop will start from absolute zero, approaching the Serge Modular format on its own, without reference to other formats and without requiring knowledge of sound synthesis techniques. This event will provide the curious beginner and those with more experience with a solid foundation on which to explore through hands-on experience and will develop the skills to know what questions to ask to reduce the friction of getting started.
In 2023, the Serge Modular synthesizer celebrates its 50th anniversary. Originally developed by Serge Tcherepnin in 1973, it is widely considered one of the most powerful and versatile electronic instruments of the analog era. Unlike more well-known companies like Moog and ARP, Tcherepnin wasn’t interested in synthesizers as a tool for simulating traditional instruments (piano, organ, etc) in a cheaper or more portable package. Instead, he focussed on the potential of electronics to create previously unheard sounds and entirely new forms of music. The Serge Modular was deliberately sold without a manual or a traditional keyboard, encouraging experimentation.
This event is part of a series of performances, talks, and workshops that mark the 50th anniversary of the Serge Modular synthesizer presented in collaboration with The Computer Music Center at Columbia University and NYU. More details to be announced soon.
Friday, February 17th at 8pm ET at Brooklyn Music School, ISSUE is pleased to present musician and sound artist Thomas Ankersmit and sound artist, composer, and educator Dani Dobkin each presenting new work specifically for the Serge Modular synthesizer.