June 23rd North Coast Modular Collective Meetup: Save the Date!

Save the date!

North Coast Modular Collective is hosting another meetup, where you can see what others are doing and share your interests, questions, curiosities, or ideas!

Who: Open to the public. If you’re into making sounds with electronic things, this is for you. If you’re into making electronic things that make sounds, this is for you. If you’re curious but have never done it before, this is for you.

Date/Time: Saturday June 23rd, 1pm – 4pm

FREE

Location: Menlo Innovations, 505 East Liberty, LL500 (downstairs), Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

Theme: Programming

Agenda

  • Presentation/performance #1 (TBA)
  • Presentation/performance #2 (TBA)
  • Around the room updates (shout out any opportunities, projects, etc.)
  • Socialize

Programming Theme

Our March Meetup generated some great ideas for upcoming topics. Since the June meetup will be held in a software factory, we thought it would be fitting to have the theme be “programming”. We’re applying some creative license to the interpretation of this theme, so you could see presentations or show-and-tells on anything from programming beats and melodies (sequencing) to DSP (Digital Signal Processing). Details will come soon, stay tuned! Comment below if you have other future topic suggestions, or ideas for presentations (including your own presentation or show-and-tell!).

 

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!

North Coast Modular Collective Meetup

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)

Agenda:

  • Presentation/performance #1 – Joe Bauer
  • Presentation/performance #2 – Steve Curtin
  • Around the room updates (shout out any opportunities, projects, etc.)
  • Socialize

DIYpsi

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).