30 June at 10 am. "Soda" a Synth Building Workshop: Build a Semi-modular Instrument Presented by Staš Vrenko (Ljudmila, Slovenia)
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Duration 4 hours

Date: 30 June 2018
Time: 10.00 - 14.00 h
Place: Room F20, Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama. Bridgeford Street , The University of Manchester, M13 9PL

Soda is a semi-modular electroacoustic instrument with several inputs and outputs, which enable interfacing with other audio devices (such as synths, rhythm machines, guitar pedals, etc.). It may be used either as a standalone synth/signal processor or trigger and CV generator.Signal path starts with a jack input, which can be used for connecting an external signal. Its waveform may then be amplified, filtered and fed into the voltage controlled oscillator (VCO), which outputs a frequency modulated ramp waveform signal, ranging from harsh noise to pulsating rhytmic bursts, reminiscent of the external signals characteristics (timbre and amplitude).

The circuit has two separate audio outputs - a 3.5mm jack line output and an internal amplifier intended for powering the speaker, which encourage an exploration of various feedback possibilities. During the workshop participants will gain basic knowledge on electronics and soldering, assemble Soda kit and get familiar with its possible uses. Bring your DIY synths!‍

Registration: The participation fee for the workshop is £35 and covers expenses for materials, the workshop product remains in your possession. No previous skills are needed, newbies are welcome.

The number of participants is limited, so please apply to info@ljudmila.org for registration purposes

Participants are suggested to bring their own small speakers or headphones, although NOVARS Research Centre (the host) can provide additional headphones on the day.

Link: https://wiki.ljudmila.org/Soda_eng

About Staš Vrenko: born in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1991. Graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, where he also finished master studies at the Sculpture Department. His interdisciplinary artistic practice combines exploration of various artistic fields with process orientated research, uncovering many different technological and medium- related specifics of the material he is working with, while focusing on innovative and original approaches in various aspects of sound, sound design, field recording, kineticism and segments of performative arts.


Production: Ljudmila, Art and Science Laboratory and Projekt Atol Institute. With support from Ministry of Culture and Municipality of Ljubljana, Department for Culture.

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