Since Spring 2016, Portland has a Synth Library, an open space where you can learn making music with with electronic instruments. In May, the first Synth Library was opened in Europe with the same goal. I talk with the initiators of this project during Superbooth 2018.
If you need information about a topic that you can not directly on the Internet, you go to libraries that are everywhere. But what if you have deeper questions about specific topics of electronic music or programming a Synthesizer? Yes, you are trying to find either an answer on YouTube or in the various online communities.
Since 2016, there is a project in Portland that relies heavily on the community thinkings. The Synth Library, initiated by Alissa DeRubeis is a place where people can meet, learn instruments for creating electronic music and participate in a variety of workshops. Various instruments are available on side and visitors are allowed to experiment with them. Another goal of this project is to support women as well as non-binary people and offer them individual workshops. In May 2018, Mary C opened the first Synth Library in Prague, the first one in Europe with the same idea.
What Is The S1 Synth Library?
The Synth Library was created in Spring 2016 in partnership with 4MS Company. It is a unique resource at S1 for hands-on access to eurorack modular synthesizers, modular synthesizers, dj gear, recording equipment and other electronic musical instruments for people of all experience levels. Regular introductory courses are offered to get started and facilitated working hours for exploration and experimentation are available 4-5 days of the week.
Synth Library Prague
In May 2018 the S1 Synth Library in partnership with 4MS will open a sister library in Prague, CZ. The Synth Library Prague will be run by Mary C. and the Pink Noise Collective. This library will also be a unique resource for hands on access to eurorack modular synthesizers, semi-modular synthesizers, DJ gear, and other electronic musical instruments for people of all experience levels.
Upcoming Workshops / Events
- Get Bent! 6.0 /20.6.2018: Learn about the mystic art of circuit bending and walk away with a newly bent toy! (6pm – 9pm)
- Introduction to the Synth Library (Female-Identified/Non-Binary) (25.6.2018) Learn the basics of synthesis and how the S1 Synth Library works!
- Introduction to the Synth Library (Open to all) (26.06.2018) Learn the basics of synthesis and how the S1 Synth Library works!
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