Resampled Workshops: An all day music event for women and trans folks

We’re really excited to be participating in Resampled, a free 1 day workshop event organized by Heather Kirby that will take place in Toronto on Sunday July 14th. 

Visit their website to register (free!) and to check out the other amazing workshops.

Intro to Analog Sound Synthesis with Christina Sealey and Naomi Hocura 
In this session participants will learn the basics of sound design and wave forms in order to achieve a desired sound and move beyond their synthesizer presets. Using a Korg Monotron, a small hands-on sound generator made up of one oscillator, one LFO, one low pass filter and a simple ribbon controller, participants will learn how to create and manipulate sounds. We will also cover a brief history of the synthesizer and participants will have the opportunity to experiment with an analog modular system, other analog keyboards, and some software synths.

Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm
Room: Tiki Room

In The Loop Mix Vol 1

A melange of old and new sounds by some of my favourite ladies. Enjoy!

- Naomi

Here are the final soundtrack projects from the IN THE LOOP workshop students! The video clips are taken from the classic horror movie, Carnival of Souls (1962).

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

It’s a wrap! We had such an amazing month sharing electronic music history and production with these very talented young ladies. The last class was dedicated to composition and we covered the history of computer music and took examples from Suzanne Ciani, among others, in her techniques for sound design. The girls produced haunting mini soundtracks using video clips from the 1962 horror classic Carnival of Souls. See the next post : )

We’ll be taking a short break to plan the next workshop - stay tuned!

Fundraising love!

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed to our fundraising campaign!! While we fell a bit short of our target, we are incredibly appreciative of what we were able to raise and all of the support that made these workshops possible. The experience has been inspiring for both the instructors and students alike. With all of this positive feedback we’re excited about the possibility of making this a long term project. 

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!

Stay tuned for the mini-soundtracks from our amazing students that we’ll be posting in the next week or so!

This month is flying by! Workshop 2 and 3 are done and this Saturday is the final class. In the second workshop we introduced a long list of different effects and experimented with both analog and digital processing techniques. Last week we explored the basis of sound synthesis - waveforms, modulation, filters, envelopes and everything in between. Students had the opportunity to test out Christie’s modular system and a couple of synths. 

This week we’ll discuss composition and finish up our horror soundtracks - just in time for the witching hour!

BBC documentary on Deliah Derbyshire

Thanks to Toronto music paper Offerings for their article on the workshops in this month’s issue! Click the image to read a large and legible version.

Thanks to Toronto music paper Offerings for their article on the workshops in this month’s issue! Click the image to read a large and legible version.

The first class was a lot of fun! We covered the beginnings until 1945 in the electronic music history (Teleharmonium, Magnetophon, Theremin, Hammond Organ, and a profile on Daphne Oram, etc). Jessy took us on an introductory demo of Ableton and basic recording and editing (highlight: transpoooooose your vocal tracks) and we had plenty of time to experiment recording using a mic and monotron and play with midi.

Super excited about the next class devoted to analog and digital processing! 

Daphne Oram Oramics Machine Feature on BBC Click

Historic Profile #1 

Daphne Oram (1925 - 2003)
“Oramics” Technique

1942
Daphne Oram starts working at the BBC as a Junior Studio Engineer and begins experimenting with tape recorders.

1950s
She campaigns for the development of an electronic music facility and becomes the first studio manager of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, a sound effects unit of the BBC created to produce effects and new music for radio.

1959
Daphne Oram leaves the Radiophonic workshop to set up her own studio, the Oramics Studios for Electronic Composition, where she develops her “Oramics” technique of drawn sound creation.