System80 at Frequency Freaks April 14, 2018

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Jeff Lee, a Toronto-based manufacturer with a special interest in bringing classic analogue designs to the Eurorack modular format and the dude behind System 80 who make the Eurorack Jupiter 6 filter clone, the JOVE, will be joining us at Frequency Freaks on April 14, 2018.

He will talk a little bit about System80, his Eurorack company and bring some demo modules and prototypes to show and listen to.  However, the main focus will be about designing an analogue polysynth!

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.

1st Anniversary 3 Module Patch Challenge!

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Hi everyone,

Frequency Freaks is now 1 year old… Happy Birthday to Us!!!

To celebrate we are going to host a 3 Module Challenge.  Build a patch with only 3 modules a la #3modulechallenge.  There will be at least one prize too!  We will let you know what it will be soon… in other words, we haven’t decided yet 🙂 . But honestly… you should be doing this for the glory!

For the most part we will stick with DivKid’s “The Modular Podcast” rules as outlined in this video: https://youtu.be/o21trHzAyMw

  1. No fully featured voices (mother 32, ToneStar 2600, Atlantis, etc.) Elements is a bit grey… ok if you have to, but… see the last point.
  2. No sample loops (drum loops, chord sequence loops, melodic sequencer loops).  If you do use a sample, it must have been made by you (e.g. your own field recordings are ok).
  3. If one of your modules is a looper, go ahead and use it… just don’t preload it in a way that goes against point #2.
  4. Cable based attenuators and stackable cables are ok.
  5. Output modules don’t count against your total.
  6. No external mixing.
  7. No external audio, effects, or processing
  8. Try and stick with the spirit of the rules.  If all you have is Elements as a sound generator, then that’s what you’ll have to use… Still – no Mother32’s or Tonestar 2600 style things that could do a 1 module patch.

So, bring your rig to the next Frequency Freaks event on April 8, 2017.  Perform your patch, or play it, or let it play… however it is intended to work.  Everyone who attends will vote on the best Frequency Freaks 1st Anniversary 3 Module Patch!  The winning patch will be immortalized in a video on our youtube channel.

Big Shoutout to DivKid, and the guys from the Modular Podcast for letting us borrow the idea.

Looking forward to hearing your patches at the next workshop!

FF

February Frequency Freaks

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The February Frequency Freaks Workshop is Saturday! That’s February 11 for those who are counting ;-).

This month Paul Stillwell will show off and talk about the Studio Electronics Quadnic Oscillator. You should be getting to know the gear you got for Christmas, Hanukkah, or whatever by now… so why not bring it with you? We’d love to see it AND hear it!

We have performance slots open so feel free to bring your stuff and show a friendly audience what you are working on!

See you Saturday!

Frequency Freaks #3 Guest Speaker & Performers

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Robin Heisey will give a presentation titled My Dinner with Wendy.  Derek Simmons (rezzn8r) known for Frac and Modcan B systems will be performing on his new Eurorack.  Paul Stillwell (Intrepita) will perform using the Mother32, BFAM (Brother From Another Mother – built at Moogfest 2016), and two pedals by Industrialectric – the Echo Degrader and the RM-1N.

We are still looking for one or two more performers.  So, if you are interested in giving it a go, please let me know so we can plan our time and space accordingly and add you to the web site & flyer.

Our next workshop is on June 11, 2-6 pm.  It will be a busy weekend with Unsound at night on the 10th and 11th.  Which, by the way, you should all be attending!

Looking forward to seeing you all not the 11th of June!

Please reach out to us via the contact form if you or someone you know is interested in performing!

FF

Workshop Schedule

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Hi everyone,

Our workshops are held monthly, and are presented in association with Arraymusic.  They are held at the Arraymusic studio, 155 Walnut Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6J 3W3.

Previously, TOMS Workshops were held every 3rd Saturday of the month from 4pm to 8pm.  Unfortunately, we are unable to keep to that schedule.  Our current Schedule is as follows:

March 19, 2pm-6pm
April 23, 2pm-6pm
June 11, 2pm-6pm
July 9, 2pm-6pm
August 20, 2pm-6pm

We are looking forward to seeing you there!