A quick blip in the itinerary and some time to invent. For this one-off, special edition manifestation, we’ve re-worked a 24 circuit into a n-a-s-t-y bass fuzz that’ll do everything for you provided you’re into such things as sewer metal, glitch-pop and dream noise. I suppose you could use if for slipper-gaze in a pinch. For those interested in the physical ephemera as opposed to digital eye-candy, said unit can be purchased by way of our good friends on the Etsy. Why not, yeah? Support a good cause, fight the good fight and go make some noise – you’ve earned it.
Back at the end of February, Paulina, Mariela and I went to Guatemala to participate in Espacio G’s Festival Internacional de Performance Forma y Sustancia, with both our m+v project, as well as Pau and Mar’s Canal Corporeo project. Here’s a few snippets of what we did while in Guate – or at least what we did artistically – I ended up coming down with a pretty bad cold after our performance and professionalism dictates that I don’t broadcast photos of me wandering around Antigua with a fever looking for soup. Anyways, enjoy – as always, should the need for questions or comments arise, you know how to reach us. Also, many thanks to the good folks at Espacio G for graciously providing documentation of our performances, as well as organizing an interesting and innovative festival.
So in lieu of the fun we’ve had building over the past month, we decided to offer one final session of TicoTronics before things get international again. This time the class will be a one-time, 4 hour intensive designed to teach basic electronics through constructing a 4-oscillator square wave synthesizer that can be used as both a stand-alone instrument, as well as part of a large, expandable modular system, using only components common to San José, Costa Rica.
Interested? Intrigued? You know how to reach us. Now read the informative pictogram.
For anyone interested in the status of our DIY synth/circuit design class in Costa Rica, here’s what we’ve been up to:
Hi y’all – additional documentation for our upcoming TicoTronics course. For those in the area, our first session is on Wednesday, March 6 and we’d love to see you there. For those not in the area, stay tuned, since we’ll a.) be posting information derived from the course for those interested in following along at home and b.) we’ll hopefully be offering this course outside of Costa Rica later this year, time and country to be determined. More on that later, but in the meantime, our abstract:
In this class, we will be building a small, yet versatile analog modular synthesizer, constructed entirely of components common to San José, Costa Rica. Designed for a versatile audience, this class is equally suited for experienced makers, as well as those new to instrument building and sound creation. No previous electrical experience is needed and other than a soldering iron, all materials wil be provided. The synthesizer itself will feature three voltage-controlled modules, adapted from popular DIY designs and designed to allow additional modifications after their initial construction. They are: a Cascading Square-Wave generator adapted from Nicolas Collins’ Handmade Electronic Music, a LFO-Modulated Triangle Wave generator adapted from Ray Wilson’s Music From Outer Space and an 8 Step Sequencer adapted from the Baby 10 Sequencer kit of the 1980’s. At the end of the course, we’ll also be making a powered enclosure for your modules. Over the course of the class we’ll encounter a wide variety of components, as well as schematics and electronics theory, which will be broken down in a fun, hands-on approach that will not only produce a cool, hand-made instrument, but also provide the electronic fundamentals that will allow you to experiment and create your own designs to expand your instrument after the course ends.
y en español:
En esta clase, estaremos construyendo un pequeño pero versátil sintetizador análogo modular, construido enteramente con componentes disponibles en San José, Costa Rica. El curso esta diseñado para un público versátil desde los fabricantes experimentados, aficionados al circuitbending hasta los que se inician en la construcción de instrumentos y creación de sonido.
No se necesita experiencia previa con electronica y con la exepción del cautin para soldar, todos los materiales será proporcionados. El sintetizador contará con tres módulos controlados por voltaje, con diseños adaptados de sintetizadores DIY populares que permiten modificaciones adicionales tras su construcción inicial.
Los sintetizadores son: Generador de señales cuadradas adaptado de Handmade Electronic Music de Nicolas Collins, un generador de Triangle LFO de onda modulada de Musif From Outer Space (MFOS) de Ray Wilson y un secuenciador de 8 pasos adaptado del kit Baby 10 Sequencer del 1980.
Al final del curso, también vamos a hacer una caja/contenedor para sus módulos. En el transcurso del taller vamos cubrir una gran variedad de componentes, así como los esquemas y teoría de electronica, de una forma divertida, con un enfoque práctico en el no solo haremos un instrumento diverso, hecho a mano, sino que también tendran las bases que les permita experimentar y crear sus propios diseños para ampliar su instrumento después de finalizado el curso.
Also, for those interested in spreading the word, here’s another flyer with all the pertinent information. As the old saying goes, sharing is caring.
Hi Everyone -
Update from the southern workshop: We’ve decided to teach a class next month in order to give ourselves something to do between now and the premier of the third season of Game of Thrones. Yeah, I know, horrible, right? Called Ticotronics, it’ll be a one-month intensive course on analog electronics and open-source circuit design, with the final product of the course being your very own, expandable analog, modular synthesizer, made entirely out of components common to San José, Costa Rica. Interested? Want more information? Drop us a line.
Documentation of a quick, yet effective synthesizer build I cobbled together last week out of stuff I had lying around the studio. All said, I think the cuteness factor in this particular build is pretty killer. In the meantime, drawing up lesson plans for a possible diy-electronics workshop in San José, preparing a couple sound projects, planning a series of custom/unique pedals, sketching out ways to make use of the mountain of LED’s that are accumulating around the workshop and generally enjoying myself as we wait for marriage paperwork to process and the next adventure begins. Not to say we’re not in an adventure right now with regard to the grand narrative, but compared to the last month of activities in and around the isthmus, it’s nice to have a minute to step back and enjoy the scenery for a second before plunging back into the abyss. That said, enjoy the video, kids,