May 4, 2019 Meetup: Show & Tell

Our next meetup is Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 2 pm – 5 pm at the Westgate Branch of the Ann Arbor Public Library.

Want to share what you’ve been working on? Been working on something in Ableton Live? Got a computer program, or a synth patch, or a special electronic instrument? Or, just want to see what a lot of other people are doing and have a chance to learn from them? Come on out! We’ll have a table for you to set up on. Bring your headphones for maximum enjoyment!

Want to try out playing or demonstrating in front of a live audience? There will also be a round of “open PA” time, where you can take the stage during a 5 minute time slot to demo or play what you brought. (Be sure you have a 1/4″ or XLR output)

Sign up for a 5-minute time to reserve a spot; additional slots will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

March 15th Meetup: Confluence

Part of the March Science Fiction exhibit at the Riverside Arts Center, Confluence brings together practitioners, artists, students, and scholars for engagement at the confluence of science fiction, technology, society, gender issues, and innovation.

Theme: What does science fiction have to do with technology, society, gender issues, or innovation?

When: March 15th, 6pm-9:30pm

Where: Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, MI


  • 6pm-6:45pm DJ/Social Time/Poster presentations
    • Bill Van Loo DJing. Time for socializing and viewing the art in the gallery. Also, student poster presentations.
  • 6:45-7:15pm Panel Discussion
    • Local scholars and artists hold a discussion about how science fiction is related to technology, society, gender issues, and innovation.
  • 7:15-9pm Electronic music/art Performances

(Image by Aaron Graff)

6-23-2018 North Coast Modular Meetup Notes & Wrapup

Our public North Coast Modular Meetup for June 2018 took place on Saturday, June 23, 2018. It was held at Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor. The theme of the meet up was Programming, which was interpreted in different ways by each presenter.

Presentation #1 – Bill Van Loo

Bill Van Loo of North Coast Modular Collective explored a variety of sequencing options, including Novation Circuit and Arturia Beatstep Pro (hardware), Patterning (iOS), and Ableton Live (Mac/PC). A sneak peak of the upcoming Patterning 2 beta was used to demonstrate this exciting musical tool.

A video of the full talk and demonstration is linked below.

Presentation #2 – David Minnix

David Minnix of North Coast Modular Collective presented on euclidean rhythmic sequencing and explored several ways that the euclidean algorithm can be used to compose. Patches in Pure Data (PD) were used to demonstrate the techniques and example that David described.

A video of the full talk and demonstration is linked below.

Presentation #3 – Teresa

Teresa Sevonty presented on the basics of DSP engineering. She talked about the basic concepts of digital signal processing, and how these are applied day-to-day in commercial applications.


BONUS Presentation!

As an unexpected bonus, Andrew Belt, creator and lead developer of VCV Rack, came to the Meetup! Andrew graciously shared some background and news about the development of VCV Rack. A video of his talk is linked below.


3-10-2018 North Coast Modular Meetup Notes & Wrapup

Our first public North Coast Modular Meetup took place on Saturday, March 10, 2018. It was held at A2 STEAM in Ann Arbor. The theme of the meet up was Maker/SDIY (Synth DIY).

Presentation/performance #1 – Joe Bauer

Joe Bauer of North Coast Modular Collective presented his DIY Challenge rack, which is a 2-row system of all modules he either built or completely designed and built himself. Joe gave a short overview of why this system is conceptually interesting, gave a short performance, then spent time answering questions about the system and how he used it.

Links & Resources mentioned:

Presentation/performance #2 – Steven Curtin

Steven Curtin showed and talked about his “Drone Boat” system, which he has been developing for a number of years. Steven talked about how his system is “post-modular”, in the sense that it took a patch idea he had been building for years in his Serge, Buchla, and other modular system, and  “froze” it as a fully-realized system, which includes custom built PLL circuits, a Moog Werkstatt, and more.

Links & resources mentioned in Steven’s presentation:

Around the room & Social Time

After the performances, attendees had a chance to introduce themselves and shout out their projects, upcoming opportunities, and more.

Links & resources mentioned:

What’s next?

We are gathering topics & ideas for future public meet ups, and will be announcing our next meet up soon. Join our email list to stay in touch!


On Sunday, December 10th, we will be hanging out at DIYpsi from noon to 6pm. Come on by and say “hi!”

DIYpsi Holiday Market 2017

Saturday, December 9th from 11-7
Sunday, December 10th from 12-6

DIYpsi Holiday Market will feature 80 vendors at the Riverside Arts Center
76 N Huron St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

NCMC at AADL Mini Moog Fest – November 18, 2017

Ann Arbor arguably has the best library system in the world. Not only can you check out synthesizers, but they put on a great festival of electronic music each year, called Mini Moog Fest. It featured performances, presentations, and hands-on stations where participants could learn to solder, play with synthesizers, and learn more about electronic music.

This year, North Coast Modular Collective got to participate with a talk and performances by Joe Bauer, Bill Van Loo, and Dan Blades.

Check out videos of the performances at the North Coast Modular Collective YouTube channel.

Additional Links

Prototype progress report

Several updates from this week’s work, courtesy the North Coast Modular Collective Instagram account (the best place to follow our work in near-realtime).