27, 28 & 29 October, Tvibit
Just Press Play is collaborating with Insomnia for two workshops and an open marketplace and modular jam during this year’s festival. On Thursday and Friday we invite you to work together with some of the most interesting practitioners in the field of modular synths. Learn how to build the systems yourself either as a beginner, or dig deeper into the finer details of music technology. Saturday will be a secondhand marketplace and modular jam – so much fun!
See the summaries below, and any further questions can be directed to Just Press Play’s Facebook page.
Workshops are free, though see below for the cost of kits, and registration is required to ensure that the kit you’re interested in is available.
- BASTL INSTRUMENTS, Thursday October 27, 17:00 @ Tvibit
Czech module-makers Bastl Instruments offer a range of possible kits you can assemble, including the “World’s First Bit-Crusher”, the tribute module “TROMSØ” – learn the background story in this video clip!
Bastl requires pre-registration to ensure the kit you want is available. Payments can be made at the beginning of the workshop:
|TROMSØ €85||QUATTRO FIGARO €125||GRANDPA €135|
|ABC €59||LITTLE NERD €90||TEA KICK** €66|
|CINNAMON €85||NOISE SQUARE €66||SPA** €59|
|CLUTCH €56||SKIS €66||** GRANDPA EXPANDERS|
Kit difficulty levels range from beginner to experienced, and Bastl’s founders Václav and Ondrej will be there to assist you during the workshop.
- RANDOM*SOURCE SERGE MODULAR, Friday 28 October, 17:00 @ Tvibit
Berlin-based Californian Darrin Wiener, A.K.A. Goldwiener, will focus on assembling Random*Source kits based on the original Serge Modular. Here, you can assemble one of the seminal modules as approved for Random*Source’s remake by their originator Serge Tcherepnin – one of the original synthesizer pioneers.
Reservation is required, with pre-payment received before 15 October. The following kits are available to choose from:
|VCM €175||DSG €225|
|VCFS €130||VCFQ €170-190 ^|
|SSG €140||RESEQ €180-200 ^|
|NCOM €75||^ Depends on chips used|
Read more about all the modules on Random*Source’s website.
People who already have some experience should be able to complete any of the kits, but beginners should stick with the SSG, DUSG, VCM, or NCOM.
- MARKETPLACE AND MODULAR JAM, Saturday 29 October, 12:00 – 15:00
Finally, there will be an open marketplace on Saturday 29 October from noon until 15:00 where you can buy kits and secondhand music equipment, as well as other technical bits and bobs. Modular jams with participants from the week’s workshops will be held throughout the day. All of this will be taking place at Tvibit.
Anyone wishing to sell secondhand goods should contact us before 20 October.