In the year 2000, I was in college and obsessed with modular synths, but could barely afford to eat. I knew it was possible to build your own synth, but there wasn’t anyone, or anywhere to turn to for advice. In the past decade, much more information has been published online, and in 2013 I started down my path to DIY modular. Even with all of the information online, there still lacked a single, simple comprehensive guide for those looking to build their own synthesizer. I want AI Synthesis to be that guide. Prior to building my own synth, I was a dreamer, after building my modular, I felt I had awoken. I created AI Synthesis to help others do the same.
allotrope ijk is a video jockey collective comprised of Nick Bigelow and c.m.barth. Active since 2019, the duo formed out of a mutual interest in creating live, multi-sensory experiences. Drawing inspiration from digital art and electronic music, allotrope ijk creates and performs live visuals for clubs, house shows and parties throughout the Seattle area. The duo is known for distorting video content to create multicolored visuals that are highly reminiscent of classic video synthesis techniques from the 1970s. They also utilize new technologies and contemporary influences to create modern art motifs. Each member uses their own handwritten technology stack for live improvisation in order to create a truly unique experience.
DivKid is a composer, producer and sound designer that fell into making YouTube videos. DivKid began as a project to compose and produce electronic music which led to mastering audio for various labels and working with sound design projects for audio software, hardware and sample packs. Developing out of the initial “in the box” workflow led to working with modern desktop synths, guitar pedals and rack gear before moving through vintage synths and keyboards before finding the Eurorack modular format. Eurorack quickly became a focus and with a large gap in both education and demonstration of the great gear in the community, video demos became a focus. Over the past few years demonstrating equipment with the angle of teaching synthesis and sharing musical ideas has taken over, fully devoted to working within and supporting an awesome community of people and ideas.
Bleeps + Loops
Bleeps+Loops is a local organization created by John Kammerer and Michael Vawter that emphasizes creativity, collaboration, and education within the local and global synth community. B+L hosts monthly collaborative/improvisational synth events, creates modular-focused tutorials, and hosts week-long summer camps at The University of Washington for young electronic musicians.
LUSIO strives to create accessible experiences utilizing the art of light and sounds to create a immersive journeys through the time space continuum we call life. Whether it's the annual Lusio festival that gathers thousands of people of all ages, or a brilliantly explosive underground techno event, thoughtfully curating video art or (light art) and progressive electronically created sounds has been proven to provide a template for a psycho somatic experience that builds, fulfills, inspires, and bends the mind into unknown territories.
Lusio curator and owner Mollie Bryan is a multi faceted artist and event producer who's been heavily involved in art events for over 10 years. Her work has included owning and operating the Mokedo gallery, working at Decibel Festival as the Hospitality and Operations Director, and 4 years of Lusio events which have raised more than $60,000 for local nonprofits.
MODULAR SEATTLE is devoted to electronic music, art, and community in the Puget Sound area, focused mainly on modular and hardware-based synthesizers and the people who create with them. We provide monthly performance events, educational lessons and workshops, and access to music-making technology.
Nathan Moody is a musician and a mastering engineer from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has made music for more than two decades, which has been used for albums, interactive installations, games, documentaries, podcasts, and more. He has appeared on record labels such as DiN, Modularfield, Tectorum Tapes, and more. He is also a sound designer, field recordist, and audio editor, in addition to having a long career in motion graphics and animation.
Tim Held is a musician from Seattle Washington. He is also the host of Podular Modcast, a podcast where he interviews musicians, synthesizer manufacturers and features demos of modular gear.
Technological Taxidermy is a non-profit community resource, promoting a simple concept: Synthesis For All. TT’s passion is to give Spokane a resource to help grow its electronic music scene through workshops, synth meet ups, and live showcase events. We create a community learning environment where all are welcome, and host monthly TT Collaborative Laboratory (Co-Labs) events where anyone can come, bring whatever gear they have, or even just themselves, and learn from our crew! There's time to jam, to teach, to observe, and hang out and learn in a space where there are no dumb questions, it's free and open to all.
Waveform is a quarterly print magazine, that is about synthesizers and those who inhabit that world. Issue #1 features interviews with Suzanne Ciani, Dave Smith, Folktek, Noise Reap, and 4ms, plus a DIY section, DivKid's "Underrated", David Battino's "Synth Hacks", Shop Talk, gear reviews, music reviews, and more!