Creative Resource Library
Synth Session – July 2024

A monthly free-to-all electronic music workshop & synth session held in the Gray Area lobby.

Monday July 8, 2024

6PM Mini Workshop
7PM Group Jam Session

Free RSVP (Limited capacity)

View our FAQ page for more info, or contact us at [email protected] with any accommodation requests.

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 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 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.

This month's topic is:
Building Atmospheric Textures with Pads

Led by local Composer and electronic musician Marcus Leitner, our mini workshop this month will explore synth pads, a unique feature of electronic music used to build depth and atmosphere. We will explore what makes a good pad, and how to use sound design to breath life into them.

About the Instructor

Marcus Leitner

Marcus Leitner is a composer and electronic musician based in Berkeley, CA.

A skilled synthesist and life long piano and violin player, Marcus has developed from this rich background a distinct voice blending electronic and acoustic instruments into complex and evolving soundscapes. At home working in the studio, leading orchestras, and performing live, this versatility has allowed Marcus to build a varied repertoire as a composer, working on short films from comedies to sci-fi thrillers and performing live dark ambient music.

Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Marcus studied at the University of California, Santa Cruz, majoring in Western Art Music and minoring in Electronic Music. He is excited to further his skills as a composer by pursuing his Masters in Screen Scoring at USC this fall.

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

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