Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sun, Sep 22 2019 4:00 PM

Pro Arts
150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland
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Mrotzronium Pipqueak Workshop:
The Pipsqueak is a portable touch-controlled noisy synthesizer by Mroztronium. Spiritually inspired by the Cracklebox, Bugbrand Weevil and other touch-controlled electronic instruments, but using a unique circuit developed by Mroztronium that is designed for unpredictable results, wide frequency range (from sub-audio to above human hearing), sensitive touch control and stereo operation.

It features a pair of outputs that emit rectangle waves, complex pulse trains, triggers or complex noisy waveforms in the region of 0-9V depending on how it is touched. In addition to listening to the raw stereo output, you can also use it as a complex controller to gate/trigger and frequency modulate external CV/Gate equipment. It is an interesting way to spice up a modular synth patch or to turn an otherwise predictable synthesizer into a freakish improvisational instrument.

The workshop will be suitable for beginners and requires no knowledge of electronics. We'll cover soldering too.


Martin Freeman:
“My company is called MROZTRONIUM. The name is a synthesis of MROZ (Polish for “frost”, and my mother’s family name) and the ELECTRONIUM (an early advanced electronic musical composition system designed by Raymond Scott and collaborators). I design and build Synthesizers from the Frost Lands of Rochester, NY, USA.”

Multa Nox (Sally Decker):
Sally Decker is a composer, performer, writer and improviser based in Oakland, CA. She explores the emotional potential of sounds as portals of connection. Her approach to form and process is psychological and sensory, rooted in the goal of strengthening a reflective focus toward our internal intuitive worlds. Recent interests include feedback systems, the voice, and utilization of language in performance. She recently received her MFA in 2019 in Electronic Music & Recording Media from Mills College, where she studied with Laetitia Sonami, James Fei, Maggi Payne, John Bischoff, and Fred Frith. In 2017 she released an album on NNA Tapes entitled Living Pearl under the moniker Multa Nox.

Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase:
aka Chris Cooper and Jess Goddard - guitar & electronics maestros who has been/is involved in CAROLINER, FAT WORM OF ERROR, (The) BSC trio.

Based on observations of disparate corners of world-phenomena like leaf venation to discarded car parts, Shatter Pattern performs the sonic use and misuse of pattern, the formation of and deformation of ordered structures. By creating rhythmic intricacies and then unexpectedly breaking them down into dysfunctional minutia, Shatter Pattern sonically and visually extrudes worlds from signal interferences that interlope with your perception of reality and being, to reuse the shards of fragmented particles of sound as a vaporous reminder of the primacy of earth’s grounding power. Shatter Pattern is the more human-facing “dance” project of bay area electronic musician Waxy Tomb, who has performed at The Lab, SFEMF, Artists Television Access, CCRMA and more.

Cost: 10 - 70