Final Workshop of 2018 – December 8!

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This is our final workshop of 2018! Hot on the heals of an incredible Toronto Sound Festival we have a presentation that likely should have been a part of the festival. However, space and time being what it is, Angus Tarnawsky will be presenting this one at Frequency Freaks for us on December 8!  Please join us at the Array Music Studio at 155 Walnut Ave for what is sure to be a fun final workshop of the year!

Bring your gear, play a bit, jam a bit. We look forward to seeing you December 8!

Limitations

This presentation and workshop by Angus Tarnawsky will explore creative limitations as a way to strengthen artistic practice. Specific attention will be paid to “one voice” patching techniques using modular synthesizers and ways of incorporating and interacting with physical space.

Angus Tarnawsky is a Toronto-based artist and musician. Drawing from experience as a drummer and audio engineer, his work explores site-specific relationships between sound and technology, combining aural and visual elements across installation and performance.

 

 

If you plan to do a performance a little heads up would be nice to let us know your plans.  Just reply to this e-mail and we will get back to you.

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

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

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