March 2021 Call for Video Performances

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Our birthday celebration just wouldn’t be complete without YOUR performance video.  Level of experience doesn’t matter, we want to hear from everyone and we always have room for performances!  The more the merrier so crank up your inspiration mojo and start recording!  Whether it’s your first time or your 50th, we want to hear from you.  Help us make this birthday special!  Anywhere from 2-15 minutes is great ūüôā

Make your recording

  • Mobile phone video is great, mobile phone audio is not. 
  • Record in your DAW at the same time as you record your video.
  • Open a video editor – most of them should let you do the next steps.
  • Use the embedded audio in the video from your phone to line up the audio you exported from your DAW.
  • Disable the audio track that was embedded in the video.  (sometimes this is done for you)
  • Export the video

When you are ready to submit:

  • Name the file:
    • PerformanceName_Firstname_Lastname_FF_March_2021.mp4
    • IMPORTANT NOTE – performances submitted without the¬†verifiable real name of the performer will not be included in the workshop video
    • .mp4 and .mov are preferred
  • To upload your files, reach out to us through the contact form on the web site.
  • Make sure you allow enough time for us to respond so you can upload before the deadline at midnight on March 7th.
    • Include links to your bandcamp page /¬†youtube channel / soundcloud / web page in a separate text file that has the same name but ends with .txt

FF Workshop Feb 2021!

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The next workshop begins at 3:00 pm February 13th
Please join us for the premiere on YouTube!
This month our panel discussion centres on upcoming changes to how we are doing things at Frequency Freaks.¬† This is a pretty exiting change and we’re really looking forward to sharing it with you!¬†

Scott Lepore will present another in the Portraits of Our Community series, and we have some performances scheduled already, but there is always room for more!  Join us for the premiere on February 13th at 3pm or anytime after that on our YouTube channel.

Did you know that even though we present each FF Workshop as a YouTube Premiere you can head to the channel to watch any workshop at any time after the premiere?¬† You can even replay the live chat so you don’t miss out on any of the community chatter!

Also – we have a Discord server in addition to our Facebook group.¬† This is a great place with channels for more in depth discussion on various topics.¬† If you haven’t joined the server already, please reach out via the contact form and we’ll hook you up.¬† There are browser, PC, Mac, and Mobile device clients available so you can access the server however and whenever you want.

Many thanks from the whole Frequency Freaks Team!

December 2020 Workshop 3 Module Challenge!

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As you may have heard we are doing a fun challenge for the December workshop.¬† A 3 Module Challenge with a Twist!¬† The twist is that you can use up to 3 modules – accolades and adulation will be the reward for those who can do something “musical” in a single module.¬† Musical being in quotes because as we all know, music IS subjective ūüôā¬† We hope that you would like to participate and if you would like to please continue reading for more details.¬† If not, remember to tune in to our YouTube channel on December 12th for the premiere!

Unfortunately, with any of these challenges we need to have some rules and we hope you think these are as loose and fun as we do!

Here they are:

  1. No single voice modules Рso no module that has a VCO/VCF/VCA built in.  Examples include but are not limited to Mutable Instruments Elements and Intellijel Atlantis.
    1. However, if that is all you have we will consider each individual section to be a module ūüôā
  2. Output modules are NOT considered to be part of the 3 module count.
  3. Submit a video, no-longer than 3 minutes where you briefly describe your patch and then play it.
  4. Videos longer than 3 minutes will be cut at 3 minutes.
  5. The usual “no mobile phone audio” requirement for our videos is waved for this… we want you to participate!
  6. Those who do not have a modular synth are welcome to participate with a semi-modular synth with the following provisions
    1. The various components that make up your semi-modular synth all count as modules.  VCO, Filter, VCA, Sequencer, LFO, etc. all count as modules and you are limited to 3.
    2. No computer is to be used in the sound generation or control (no computer based MIDI, Clock, etc.
    3. A MIDI keyboard is considered to be a module the same way a modular keyboard would be, but trust me Рwe would rather see you be more creative than that!

To submit a video, please reach out via the contact form and we will send you an upload link.¬† We will publish every video submitted.¬† Obviously we won’t be able to publish videos with technical issues that we are not able to resolve with you.

Be creative and have fun!  Looking forward to seeing your videos!

Frequency Freaks Workshop October 2020

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This month’s discussion finds Sid Tangerine, Mark Milanovich & Dakota Melin discussion Buchla. It will be a very interesting discussion covering topics such as why to choose Buchla, design philosophy, and the possibility to get (more) reasonably priced modules.Of course we also have performances from several within our little community!

Come on out and join us for the YouTube Premiere!

Of course there will be Premiere chat on YouTube but there will be an additional chat (with voice) on our Discord server for those who also wish to join there!

Frequency Freaks Workshop June 13 – Collaboration

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The next workshop is from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm ‘ish on June 13
Please join us online at our YouTube Channel!
Hi!

This month we will be joined by Dakota Melin and Rich Sherkin (Lower West Side Studio) to talk about collaboration, who they are collaborating with and maybe who they aren’t ūüėČ

Keeping to the theme of collaboration we are going to be doing some of that ourselves as detailed in our previous workshop.¬† In case you didn’t see it that workshop is on our¬†YouTube Channel¬†along with the previous workshop and some other interesting things.

The gist of it is that we are going to facilitate some random collaborations.  To participate please reply to this e-mail and let us know that would like to participate, your name and if there is a preferred genre you would like to work in.  You are encouraged to not put a genre so that you get the opportunity to stretch and maybe do something brand new!  We have had some people come forward but there is still plenty of room so please reply by Wednesday May 27 to allow ample time for everyone to make their track.  Barring a zombie apocalypse we will be letting the collaborators know who their partners are on Thursday the 28th.  Tracks should be submitted as stereo .wav files no later than midnight June 10.

Along with the music collaboration and to keep things interesting for our virtual YouTube audience (that’s you!) we would like some volunteers to do visuals for these performances too!¬† Visuals can be live or pre-recorded video, a series of still images, whatever. We are anticipating 5 or 6 tracks.¬† Please reply if you are interested in working on the visual aspects of this!¬† Visual artists will be partnered with the music collaborators to facilitate the creation of the video.

Frequency Freaks Workshop May 2020

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We are still working with Arraymusic. Arraymusic is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the development of new music in Toronto, Canada. While all musicians are having a tough time in the current crisis, the organizations who support them are having an even tougher time. If you can, please head over to the Arraymusic web site and make a donation. Every little bit helps!

This will be another virtual edition of Frequency Freaks. A little different from last time and a live event! Link to the LiveStream on our¬†YouTube channel¬†will be provided closer to the date.¬† Did you see last month’s workshop?¬† It is still available on our¬†YouTube channel¬†– go check it out!

This will be a live and interactive event.  Questions from the YouTube Live Stream Chat are welcome and encouraged!

How We Learn

This month we will take a little time to discuss the process of learning with Dr. Jason Nolan, Associate Professor – School of Early Childhood Studies. Dr. Nolan specializes in the relationship between music and learning. While he is focused on early childhood we can all learn from his observations and experiences and hopefully figure out our own preferred learning style. We will be open to taking questions from the audience too!

Performances

Several pre-recorded performances with the performers on hand for live discussion of each performance. Questions from the live audience are welcome!

As always, this is a free event. No registration is required. We look forward to virtually seeing you soon and really seeing you at some point down the road when the world is a healthier place! In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy, and make some cool sounds!

April 11 Workshop is ON!!!

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To help keep everyone’s spirit up we are going ahead with a virtual Frequency Freaks Workshop on April 11th, 2020.

Here is the link for the YouTube Premiere taking place Saturday April 11 at 3PM Eastern.

If there are any questions please use the Contact Form.

We will have a mix of Home Studio Video Tours, and Home Studio Video Performances presented as a YouTube Premere on the Frequency Freaks YouTube Channel.  It will be good to get some more content up there as we haven’t added anything in a while!

The YouTube Premiere allows for comments, questions and answers to be submitted via text chat during the premiere.  The total length of the video will be kept to between 1 and 1.5 hrs. Extra video will be saved for the next workshop.

Video submissions will be taken on a first come, first served basis up to the allotted time as best we can manage. Submitted videos will be put together in an order that makes sense to give us a mix of performance and studio tours.

Please, no mobile phone audio for the performances. If you have trouble with this simply create the video with your phone and record audio into your phone but also record the audio in your DAW. Submit both the resulting wav file from your DAW and the video from your phone with similar naming and I will put the two together – Final Cut does a really good job of aligning this stuff!

File Names:

  • StudioTour_YourName.xxx
  • Performance_YourName.xxx – video file
  • Performance_YourName.wav – audio file – if necessary

Upload location: https://www.dropbox.com/request/6djROijexXY6t1pUh19z

I hope this makes sense to everyone – please use the Contact Us form to ask questions and if we need to clarify anything edits will be made here.

April 11 Workshop / COVID-19

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Hi Everyone,

To help keep everyone’s spirit up we are going ahead with a virtual Frequency Freaks Workshop on April 11th, 2020.

If there are any questions please use the Contact Form.

We will have a mix of Home Studio Video Tours, and Home Studio Video Performances presented as a YouTube Premere on the Frequency Freaks YouTube Channel.¬† It will be good to get some more content up there as we haven’t added anything in a while!

The YouTube Premiere allows for comments, questions and answers to be submitted via text chat during the premiere.  The total length of the video will be kept to between 1 and 1.5 hrs. Extra video will be saved for the next workshop.

Video submissions will be taken on a first come, first served basis up to the allotted time as best we can manage. Submitted videos will be put together in an order that makes sense to give us a mix of performance and studio tours.

Please, no mobile phone audio for the performances. If you have trouble with this simply create the video with your phone and record audio into your phone but also record the audio in your DAW. Submit both the resulting wav file from your DAW and the video from your phone with similar naming and I will put the two together – Final Cut does a really good job of aligning this stuff!

File Names:

  • StudioTour_YourName.xxx
  • Performance_YourName.xxx – video file
  • Performance_YourName.wav – audio file – if necessary

Upload location: https://www.dropbox.com/request/6djROijexXY6t1pUh19z

I hope this makes sense to everyone – please use the Contact Us form to ask questions and if we need to clarify anything edits will be made here.

Workshop Announcment March 7, 2020

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The next workshop is from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm on March 7! 
Please join us at the Array Music Studio, 155 Walnut Ave!
A new DiY project to demo, maybe a special guest performance, and performances by your friends at FF!  What more could you want?  See you there!

This month Scott Campbell will talk about and demonstrate his now complete Eurorack DiY project. 

Working to try to get some special guests in to perform… Will make another announcement if that is going to happen.

We also have time for your performances! Bring your stuff to show off and come hang out with us!

See you there!

March 2019 Workshop Announcement

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This month we celebrate!  Seriously can’t believe we’ve made it to 3 years of FF Workshops!  Thank-you all for your support and coming out to meet in person!

There will be as little talking as possible this month!  Bring some stuff & Play What You Bring!  1 minute, 2 minutes, 10 minutes… We will fit in as many performances as we can!  There will be cake!

In case you missed the announcement previously, there is a new Frequency Freaks Discourse Forum.  Head on over, sign up and join the discussion!  

Of course, bring stuff to sell, trade, and your questions.