Modular Synthesis with Zoë Blade

Yorkshire Sound Women Network: workshop 2

“Modular synthesis basics” August 8th 1pm with Zoë Blade

This session provides a basic introduction to analogue modular synthesis and sound synthesis principles. The workshop will begin with a 20 minute talk followed by practical demonstration and time with analogue equipment and soft synths. We are developing two parallel parts to this session which means that no more than 5 people are looking at hardware at any one time. The session is about “understanding the basics of making sound, from the ground up”. The session will be co-delivered with Liz Dobson teaching soft synthesis in a dedicated Apple Mac facility. Zoë Blade Has been making music since she was 16. She loves using things in ways they are not intended to be used, working with modular synths, DAWs, tracks and various homebuilt hardwares and softwares. Despite this experimental element to her work she prefers to create music that has an emotional resonance with the listener. She has had work played on MTV when she was a teenager, and scored several documentaries and her music is featured in various soundtracks. Here is her IMDB page: Zoë has various youtube videos and she is also an accomplished writer. Oh and Zoë composed the 8-Bit Generation soundtrack with PIG! Liz Dobson is a composer and computer music composition/music for film lecturer at The University of Huddersfield. She is also the founder of YSWN. As a child she enjoyed experimenting with audio tapes, for multi-tracking music and audio documenting her family in secret. She trained as a classical musician, and then studied sound recording and composition for film in Wales before undertaking a range of collaborative projects while working as a music technology lecturer. Doepfer Level: absolute beginner Age: 16+ All women Bing: Nothing needed. You are welcome to bring your own headphones but basic headphones will be provided. Cost: £0 Location: This 2 hour workshop is being hosted at The University of Huddersfield. The department of Music and Drama (School of Music, Humanities and Media) have kindly agreed to provide space and also enable us to use a computer lab, teaching room and even use some of their analogue synths. Information on the exact location will be provided to registered participants. Eventbrite link to sign up:


Message from Liz about these workshops Zoë and I are giving up quite a bit of personal time to prepare so we just ask you to embrace the workshop in that spirit of mutual support. Workshops are intended to be for informal knowledge sharing within this community. They can also help build the presenter’s experience and portfolio before delivering paid workshops for young people around Yorkshire; ultimately inspiring more girls and women to get involved in music technology. Personal ability needs: This is not a University validated course, it is a free workshop facilitated by YSWN and enabled by the university. If you have particular needs (access, physical, learning) it is helpful to know but we cannot anticipate and prepare for all eventualities. We will do our respectful best but you need to help us with that by sending information well in advance. Remembering that we are all volunteers and welcome your initiative and proaction on this. Your commitment: Please don’t sign up for this if you’re uncertain of your availability –  there are very few places. YSWN is a voluntary organisation, and this is our very first workshop so we don’t want to run it with any empty seats because of partial commitment. Considerable time has been spent preparing and arranging for this to take place so we want to make sure that the maximum number of people can participate, so if you do find that you need to cancel your place, you can do that via the Eventbrite link and e-mail so that we can advertise the place immediately. I don’t want to run a session for 10 and find that only 5 people really prioritised this as much as we have. This is the risk with free workshops, but we prefer to make this open, despite that risk. Please please help us with this. Photography: We will take photographs of the workshop for the website, to help show the supportive and hands-on environment for learning and skills sharing. We will just ask you to tell us if you prefer not to be photographed, and we completely respect that. This will be documented in writing when you arrive. If you have questions please e-mail:  Looking forward to seeing you soon, Best wishes Liz Dobson YSWN founder and manager.


Nina and Zoë preparing the workshops

Published by: Liz Dobson

Lecturer in Music Technology at The University of Huddersfield. Interested in fostering undergraduate multi-disciplinary collaboration, blurring community boundaries for the benefit of learning in informal settings.

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