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.
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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.
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Around the room & Social Time
After the performances, attendees had a chance to introduce themselves and shout out their projects, upcoming opportunities, and more.
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North Coast Modular Collective is hosting a meetup, where you can see what others are doing and share your interests, questions, curiosities, or ideas!
Date/Time: Saturday March 10, 1pm – 4pm
Location: A2 STEAM School, 912 Barton Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Who: Open to the public. If you’re into making sounds with electronic things you’ve made, this is for you. If you’re curious but have never done it before, this is for you.
Theme: Maker/SDIY (Synth DIY)
On Sunday, December 10th, we will be hanging out at DIYpsi from noon to 6pm. Come on by and say “hi!”
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
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.
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).
In the design lab this week: Simplistic Sample Controller. A MIDI controller designed to control a popular sampler instrument in Ableton Live (but also any other software sampler with similar MIDI mapping capabilities). What's unique about this? It's in eurorack physical format and you can use 1/8" patch cables (with serial data streaming over them) to repatch the module like CV does for Euro modules. But this is CD (Control Data)… see? Clever name, eh? 😉 #sdiy #midi #midicontroller #teensy #eurorack