We love teaching and delivering workshops and are experienced in doing so. The content of these workshops can be changed according to the availability, interests and abilities of those involved. Workshops can take place over an afternoon and cover part of the topics listed, or last for a couple of days and span a range of topics. The maximum number of workshop participants is 16. For workshops 2 and 3, participants will need a computer (at least one between two.)
1.) Introduction to Modular Synthesis Workshop
This workshop covers the basics of modular synthesis such as CV and trigger, and then getting hands-on making some different patches that explore demonstrate how to start making music with modular synthesisers. This workshop is suitable for anyone with an interest in modular synthesisers and requires no background knowledge in music or electronics, just a willingness to plug, play and have fun.
2.) Learning Pure Data for the OWL Pedal or OWL Modular
This workshop teaches participants how to build a series of basic patches in the Pure Data visual programming environment and upload them to the OWL Pedal or OWL Modular. Whilst a background in Pure Data (or a similar visual coding language such as Max MSP) can be helpful, it is not essential, and the workshop can be adapted to accommodate complete beginners, serving as a great, practical introduction to Pure Data. The patches built can be varied depending upon time and the ability of the students, and all result in useful musical instruments and tools. Patches that we usually develop include (but are not limited to) a tone generator, an FM synthesiser, a delay effect and a looper. You can see our online tutorial on Pure Data on the OWL here.
3.) Learning C++ for the OWL Pedal or OWL Modular
Much like the Pure Data workshop, this workshop teaches participants how to build patches for the OWL using the C++ coding language, but relies on a little more knowledge of coding from the participants.
4.) Modular DIY Workshop
This is a workshop where participants build their own Rebel Technology modules. The assembly is relatively easy and no previous soldering experience is required. People of all ages and abilities are welcome.
The workshop leaders
Martin Klang is the developer of the OWL Pedal and the Rebel Technology Modular system. Martin has extensive experience in leading workshops at events such as hackdays, festivals and modular meet-ups, and is an experienced programmer and maker. Martin studied at the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology and Université Paris-Sorbonne, and spent 10 years as a software engineer and systems architect before setting up his own consultancy and then founding Rebel Technology.
Dr Adam Parkinson lectures in Music Computing at Goldsmiths University and has taught at Brunel and Newcastle University. He has extensive experience teaching Pure Data to beginners. For many years he ran workshops called “Turn Your iPhone into a Sensor Instrument”, where participants used Pure Data to build a theremin-style instrument which would run on their phone. This workshop was presented across Europe, including NK Berlin, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Universidade Católica Porto, Charm of Sound Festival Helsinki, Art Academy KHiB Bergen and the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle. Participants ranged in age from around 14 to 40 and were of all abilities.