Grand Creative Resource Library
Synth Sessions

March 6, 2023

6PM Mini Workshop
7PM Group Jam Session

Free RSVP (Limited capacity)

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A monthly free-to-all electronic music workshop & collaborative jam session held in the Gray Area classroom.

Accessibility Update

Please note that this upcoming Synth Sesh will take place in the Gray Area classroom upstairs. While we regret that the upstairs location is not ADA accessible, we wanted to inform all attendees in advance of the event. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and encourage anyone who may be impacted to reach out to us directly so that we can help accommodate their needs as best we can. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to seeing you!

Gray Area, ZERO1, and Crowbar Corner are proud to present Synth Sessions, a free hands-on workshop and group jam open to all levels to expand your sonic horizons.

Every month, participants will learn about a new synthesis topic (drones, sequencing, sound design, etc.), then collaborate on a group jam that will propel the workshop sounds into the beyond!

Participants are encouraged to bring their own electronic instrument or use one from the Grand Creative Resource Library (limited availability). Participants can also preview the instruments available from the Library and sign up to borrow one after the session. We have full modular systems, desktop synths and drum machines and a selection of Macbooks, iPads, midi controllers, and audio interfaces.

The workshop begins promptly at 6pm, followed by group jam time beginning at 7pm. There will be time at the end of the workshop for general questions and advice about synthesis. Please arrive in time to set up your instrument(s) before the jam begins.

Please note that seats are limited. Once you've RSVPed please be sure to look for an email 2 days before the event to confirm your attendance. If we don't hear back we will free up your spot for someone on the waitlist.

This Month's Theme is Peaceful Relaxation Sounds

This Month's Instructors

Ryan Smith

A long time touring musician with the band Caribou, Ryan also produces futuristic techno music under the moniker Taraval, makes modular ambient music in the live electronic duo Bathing, and has a long running collaboration with Jeremy Greenspan of the Junior Boys, both producing experimental electronic music and running the label Geej. He produced a collaborative performance of a 1973 graphics score by avant-garde composer Frank McCarty called Tactus Tempus, a controlled improvisational process for 9 audio visual performers live at Gray Area. He is an expert level user of Ableton and Max For Live, VCV Rack (virtual modular synthesis environment), numerous hardware instruments and an accomplished guitar player.

Andre Duque

A San Francisco native, Andre has been producing music for over a decade and holds a degree in audio production and recording. With a background in education, Andre has mentored youth in the Bay Area helping them find their voice in electronic music. He’s an active member of the local electronic music community, co-founding a local record label and event crew, Cult Freq. Cult Freq explores forward-thinking electronic music while uplifting local talent. Andre believes in building communities with a focus on uplifting the lesser-known talents in the community. He aims to cultivate an inviting space that inspires others to be more involved and push the boundaries of how we create spaces for one another.

The Grand Creative Resource Library is a lending library offering the tools needed to create electronic music and sound art. Paired with access to workshops, labs, incubators, and events produced by the contributing partners, this collective resource will eliminate barriers to creation at the forefront of art and technology.

The Grand Creative Resource Library is a collaboration between Crowbar Corner, ZERO1, and Gray Area.

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