Matt Nish-Lapidus on Ciat-Lonbarde Instruments

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This month we are very fortunate to have the multi-talented Matt Nish-Lapidus aka New Tendencies with us talking about and performing with some very unusual instruments. He will be bringing along an assortment of Ciat-Lonbarde doodads, including the Cocoquantus and Plumbutter, so that he can demonstrate that nobody really knows how they work. He’ll cover the basics of playing them, their different components, some fun patch basics, and how to integrate them with your other systems. He will also perform!

There is always room for more music! Bring your gear, show it off, ask questions, get answers, play a short set! If you are open to doing a short impromptu, improvised set with someone else who brought there gear, let us know… stranger things have happened!

About Matt – he is a musician, artist, and designer focused on exploring our relationships with technology. He has his own practice, teaches art and design at the Copenhagen Institute for Interaction Design, and is the lead curator of digiPlaySpace at TIFF. Matt has done some very cool things and you can find out more about him along with links to some of his music at his web site here.

A short word about Arraymusic. They have been very kind to Frequency Freaks by sponsoring us in the use of their space. This is a benefit to both Frequency Freaks and Arraymusic. However, they have run into some financial difficulty this year. If you are interested in helping out, and every small amount does help, please follow this link. If you get the opportunity to leave a note or message please let them know that you attend or follow Frequency Freaks.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Biologik and Not Your Average Worker Bees at Frequency Freaks June 16 Workshop!

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This month we have Biologik talking about The Beauty of Random – Using Randomness to develop melodies.  We also have Not Your Average Worker Bees performing a short set to introduce the newest Bee.  This set will combine live improvised electronic music with live, improvised digital and analog visuals.

There is always room for more music!  Bring your gear, show it off, ask questions, get answers, play a short set!

Not Your Average Worker Bees is an interesting project as it has come together as a direct result of Frequency Freaks!  Their music finds it’s roots in both experimental electronic music (avant-garde, Musique Concrête) and traditional Berlin School offerings (Tangerine Dream, Node, etc.).  The members feel that the addition of live visuals has taken their live creative dialogues to new heights!

Biologik is a man with a long history in the underground dance scene. Part of the trio of musical visionaries responsible for the foundation of the Proton Radio concept in 2002, the Canadian has gone on to become a leading figure in the world of music production. A man whose talent centres upon the use of outboard synths and modular equipment, the Biologik sound has seen the Toronto resident flourish in both the live and studio environments. A self-proclaimed love of “lush pads and crunchy beats” has seen Biologik develop a distinctive production style that encompasses elements of progressive, deep and tech house with a smattering of techno thrown in for good measure. Live personal appearances in North America and Europe have become a staple of the Biologik sound as has an enviable production career. Three full-length albums for Proton Music and Silk Sofa are the centrepiece of an extraordinary body of work that includes a Beatport “Album of the Year” in 2013 for “Two” and a collection of downtempo offerings in “Dreamcatcher” that offers music from the Biologik soul. Alongside, a half-century of production credits for Black Hole Recordings, Pure Trance, Pure Progressive, Particles, Proton, Stellar Fountain, Sleepless Nights and ICONYC tell the story of a man full of passion and talent. Biologik also produces soundbanks for various synthesizers including the Elektron Analog Four and has a forthcoming pack for the Moog Sub-37.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Workshop Announcement – January 2018

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Happy New Year!!!

Hope you have all received some nice, noisy gifts over the season or been able to take advantage at some of the awesome sales that have gone (and are still going) on!

We have a pretty cool workshop lined up for the first one of 2018!

For those who haven’t heard, there is a new manufacturer in town making some pretty cool modules!  Matthew Skala from North Coast Synthesis is going to join us to talk about his current offerings, and future plans.  Check out https://northcoastsynthesis.com and his bio below.

Back in November, some of us went to see our own Android Dreams perform at The Cavern in downtown Toronto.  It was a very cool show!  One of the other acts on the bill was jefftheworld.  Jeff Alyanak does device hacking and circuit bending to create his synthesizers and then uses them for performance.  After talking with Jeff for a bit after the show we thought it would be cool for him to come and show us how he does that.  So, Jeff will also be coming to share some cool stuff with us and maybe do a little performance!  You can check out his web site at https://jefftheworld.com and his bio is also below.

Bio’s

Matthew Skala got his start in hobby electronics in the 1980s, spent some time in amateur radio, and even completed one of those NRI electronics correspondence courses that they used to advertise in magazines, before the Internet hit and digital computers became the big thing. Then he pursued computer science for a while, earning a PhD from the University of Waterloo. He specialized in high-dimensional geometry and its applications to such fields as security, database search, and computational linguistics. He spent about 15 years in academic research and teaching at universities in Canada and Denmark. In 2017 he left the academic world to start his own business in Toronto. North Coast Synthesis brings the fine art of handmade electronics to Eurorack modular synthesizers. North Coast products are meant for serious hobbyists and do-it-yourselfers, with a focus on top-quality components; excellent technical openness and documentation; and long-term maintainability.

Jeff Alyanak is an avid gamer, programmer, hacker and DIY fanatic.  He grew up as the son of a music studio owning father and a singer/songwriter mother, so it’s no surprise that he put all of those elements together and began using his old game boys & nintendos to make crazy music with antiquated programmable sound generators.

“Heavy basslines, frantic rhythms and airy leads. With an arsenal of antiquated hardware and software – Game Boys, Atari computers, DOS software – coupled with cutting edge and homebrew technology – Kaoss Pads, circuit-bent keyboards, Guitar Hero controllers – jefftheworld pumps out some seriously fun music.

Speaker Announcement for Frequency Freaks August 20 Workshop

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We are very happy to welcome Jacob Watters from Roland Canada to Frequency Freaks this month!

Thinking Outside the Box – Using Modules in Non-Typical Ways

Learn how to use modules in ways that the designers never intended. Jacob Watters from Roland Canada will give patch demonstrations and instruction on how to think of patching in new and inventive ways. Learn to expand your creative patching potential.

With the success of the format last time, we are going to go ahead with an Open Mic format again this month!  Bring your gear, make some noise, let us hear what you’re working on!

Frequency Freaks #4 Speakers & Performers

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Announcing Modular “Open-Mic” format for Frequency Freaks #4!  It’s Summertime!  Bring your gear and celebrate the heat!

Performers and Speakers for Frequency Freaks #2

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Excited to Announce the performers and speakers for Frequency Freaks Workshop #2.  From new equipment to electronica to wild experimental this is promising to be an exciting workshop!

Andrew Kilpatrick

Andrew will join us for our workshop on April 23rd.  Andrew is the founder of Kilpatrick audio, purveyors of the some of the finest engineered and most innovative synthesizer modules in the world.

Fresh from SuperBooth in Germany, he will talk about and demonstrate his latest creation:  CARBON – Sequencer and Performance System.  Building upon the success of the K4815 Pattern Generator, CARBON takes pattern-based sequencing to a whole new level. Supporting polyphony, multiple tracks, editing and scene-based operation, CV/Gate, MIDI and USB.

Bit Reduction (Craig Renaud)

Chaotic floor grinding in extreme harmonic content. An ambient noise wash.  Modular electronics, performed adhoc.  You can find Bit Reduction on SoundCloud and BandCamp

Benjamin Green

From recording cave echoes in the mountains of southwest Virginia to hosting underground parties in Brooklyn, Benjamin Green has explored sound, structure, and narrative in computer and electro-acoustic music. His interest in synthesis and composition was nurtured under the instruction of Elliott Schwartz, Bob Moog, and Pauline Oliveros during the mid-1990s. After moving to New York in 1998, Benjamin collaborated with artists such as Multipolyomni, Ben Neill, We ™, and DJ Olive on installations and performances at such venues as The Kitchen and Senspace. It was Ben Neill who introduced him to modular synthesis on a Synton 3000 system in 1999. After that, modular synths such as Serge panels, the Fenix, and Modcan A Series became staples in Benjamin’s toolkit. Benjamin moved to Toronto in late 2008 where he continues to work with local artists (such as Marker Starling), create mixed media works, and record songs with his daughter. In the last few years, he has switched to the Eurorack format, or the Dark Side as he prefers to call it.

Performers for Frequency Freaks #1

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We are both honoured and extremely excited to announce the following performers for Frequency Freaks Workshop #1.  Encompassing a wide range of styles from EDM to Ambient & Experimental this is promising to be an exciting workshop!  Following a tradition which began at TOMS there will be a Q&A after each performance:

Steve Castellano

Steve Castellano will be playing a new set on his Eurorack/Moog Sub 37 rig in his first public performance since last year’s Toronto Sound Fest. If you haven’t already, you can check his work out on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

Derek Simmons (rezzn8r, Analognoisemonster)

Always interesting, Derek will be playing is Modcan system for us.
You can check him out on Bandcamp

Intrepita/Loose Ion

Paul Stillwell (member of the Candian Electronic Ensemble) & Dave Sutherland will be performing an improvised set with Paul on his Eurorack system and Dave on his Synthi AKS and Phenol. This will be their first time performing together after only one rehearsal in August of 2015!
You can check Loose Ion out at BandCamp, Intrepita at SoundCloud and The CEE at BandCamp