Walden Online Workshops Presents: Introduction to Synthesis in VCV Rack

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Workshop: Introduction to Synthesis in VCV Rack with Alex Christie

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Have you ever wondered how synthesizers work or where those cool sounds come from? Have you felt like you could make great synthesizer music if you only knew where to start? Have you looked at the prices of synthesizers and been bummed out at the overwhelming expense? Or maybe you have a grasp on synthesis but want to find some new and fun ways to teach it to your students or friends! Well, if any of these sentiments resonate with you, then you should take this workshop.

In this workshop we will use the computer software VCV Rack (free!) to build our own virtual modular synthesizers that will allow us to explore new and exciting sound worlds. We will learn about the basic components of synthesized sound and how these can be sculpted and arranged to create new music. We will learn the fundamental forms of synthesis and discover their creative potential. This workshop is for those who want a fun introduction to synthesis, want to brush up on their fundamentals, or want to learn some new ways of teaching synthesized music. Let's demystify synthesis and make a bunch of fun noise together! No experience necessary!

Enrollment is limited to 15 participants. This workshop is free and open to all, and will be conducted over Zoom call. For any questions, or to be placed on the waitlist for this workshop, please contact wow@waldenschool.org

ABOUT WALDEN ONLINE WORKSHOPS:

Walden Online Workshops (WOW!) is a series of lectures, demonstrations, classes, and presentations on a variety of musical topics, presented over video call by The Walden School's teaching faculty, artists, and special guests. Alumni of CMR, YMP, OYME, OCME, TTI, and JCC, parents, donors, faculty, staff, and artists are especially encouraged to attend WOW presentations. Members of the general public are also welcome to join.

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The Walden School, founded in 1972, is a summer music school, camp, and festival offering programs that emphasize creativity and community, specifically through the study of composition, musicianship, improvisation, and choral singing. In residence on the beautiful campus of the Dublin School in Dublin, New Hampshire, Walden provides an inspiring retreat-like environment ideal for creative music making. 

The Walden School's programs include the Young Musicians Program for students ages 9 to 18, and the Creative Musicians Retreat for adults. The School's Concert Series showcases free public performances by renowned artists and ensembles that work closely with program participants. 

The Walden School has twice been awarded a Chamber Music America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award, has won a New Music Educator Award from the American Music Center (now New Music USA), has been a finalist for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, and in 2017, was awarded a Ewing Arts Award. The Walden School is the successor organization to the Junior Conservatory Camp. The Walden School is a 501(c)3 organization, supported by major foundations, corporations, and hundreds of generous individual donors. For more information about The Walden School, visit our website at www.waldenschool.org.

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