We have a growing list of experts but while informal knowledge sharing is something central and important to this network, we believe in the importance of paying professional women for their work, rather than relying on enthusiasm to support the aims of this network. We are therefore looking to raise funds to pay them appropriately, then grants to cover future costs: equipment, basic refreshments, DBS applications and potentially a grant to sponsor individuals for training and travel expenses.



Audible Genius is the creator of Syntorial syntorial.com, video-game like synthesizer training software that teaches users how to program synths by ear. We will be delivering a YSWN synthesis workshop around fantastic software. If you are interested in attending a session please send your details here.


Audulus have kindly donated software licences for attendees of our synth patching workshops.

QI Gaming kindly allowed us to host our first meeting in their games room. They have been incredibly supportive and offered further opportunities for us to use the space until we have established funding.

The Live Code Research Network are kindly sponsoring a day of live coding with Shelly Knotts and Joanne Armitage. This is currently scheduled for Dec 5th 2015 and details will be published when everything has been confirmed.


Sheffield Hallam University have funded ten workshops as part of the Catalyst: Festival of Creativity.

The University of Huddersfield has supported the network in a number of ways. The School of Computing and Engineering paid for an electronics lab to be opened and staffed at a weekend for Nina Richards. The department of Music and Drama also access and equipment for Zoë Blade’s analogue synthesis workshop, and a mac lab for Liz’s live coding meeting.

Many thanks to DINA Venue and Access Space for generously hosting the monthly Sheffield socials.

If you are interested in sponsoring the group please e-mail Liz Dobson soundnetwork@gmail.com Liz will talk with you about this, and how you would like to be represented and visible on our website.

Types of sponsorship

  • Financial support (general or for specific activities, or a specific event)
  • Equipment donation
  • Access to a space for hosting meetings (across Yorkshire)
  • Practical support (i.e. administrative, design, transport, legal)
  • Music and sound materials (literature, training)
  • Social media promotion (sharing our links to help raise awareness)
  • Fundraising activities and events

Activities so far 

YSWN started in June 2015, it is still an incredibly young organisation. We are starting to establish a committee, mission statement and constitution.

In this time we have hosted five meetings, including a lesson on soldering to create a noise instrument with Nina Richards, and analogue sound synthesis with composer Zoë Blade. Liz Dobson has also delivered an informal meeting to look at live coding using IxI Lang. You can read our first blog about Nina and Zoë’s events here and see the list of events on our events tab. Many more events are currently being discussed, including circuit bending, Logic Pro and Ableton live tuition.

We have received over 1,200 visitors to our website in just two months and have over 60 self-subscriptions to our mailing list. Visitors have come from Bradford, Dewsbury, Leeds, Sheffield and even Lancaster to participate in meetings. Roughly 15 people have attended general meetings though special workshops are capped at 10 to ensure the best learning environment.

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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