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SynthFest UK - full details.

Postby Paul Gilby » Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:06 am

SynthFest UK News

Back for the second year, the biggest synthesizer event of its kind returns to the Octagon, Sheffield.
Saturday 7th October 2017

Tickets On Sale Now!
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/synthfes ... 3524920941
£10 in advance £15 on the door

EXHIBITORS

Over 30 manufacturers will be exhibiting at the event, ranging from the boutique Eurorack modular brands to mainstream keyboards and a range of soft-synth and virtual instruments. There are also top retailers stocking a wide range of synths and related products, all ready for you to buy and walk away with on the day.
For a full list of exhibitors follow this link: http://synthfest.co.uk/exhibitors-2017/

MODULAR MEET

Last year’s Meet featured some incredibly rare synthesizers from Moog and Buchla, plus unique modules and experimental creations from talented electronics designers. This year the Moog and Buchla are back by popular demand along with who knows what!

Keep an eye on the website page for details as we update in the coming weeks http://synthfest.co.uk/modular-meet/

SYNTH HELP DESK

Just getting started with Eurorack? Or not sure about which keyboard synth might be a good choice? Drop in and talk to the experts at the Help Desk for free advice.

SEMINAR PROGRAMME

Martyn Ware
Heaven 17 and Human League founder, Martyn Ware, will present a talk at SynthFest UK about his passion for synthesizers.

Deconstructing the Dr Who Theme
In recognition of what would have been Delia Derbyshire’s 80th birthday, current members of the Radiophonic Workshop will discuss her iconic theme music and demonstrate how it was created. Through the playback of digitised original source tapes from the 1960s, Mark Ayres, Roger Limb, Paddy Kingsland and Peter Howell will bring the music to life and talk about their time at the world famous BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
FYI - There's also an evening concert as part of the Sensoria Festival. Separate ticket required.

Ondes Martenot
What the heck is this mysterious instrument? Dorien Schampaert is one of the UK's leading authorities on this bizarre early electronic music instrument invented in 1928. She will talk about it’s invention, how it works and play recordings of its unmistakable eerie sound.

Mini-Oramics
The legendary Mini-Oramics machine makes a rare public appearance at SynthFest UK.

Daphne Oram was the co-founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and is credited with the invention of a new form of ‘drawn sound’ synthesis – Oramics.
In the 1960s she designed a machine which was the size of a large office photocopier, but then in the 1970s she began work on the Mini-Oramics but it was never completed.

PhD student Tom Richards has re-imagined and built a fully working Mini-Oramics machine and will give a talk and demo before allowing visitors to SF-UK to try their hand at drawing their own musical ideas for the machine to play!

Modular Synth performance in Surround Sound.
Based on his research into immersive audio systems for live performance, University of Derby music lecturer John Crossley will talk about surround sound performance with modular synths based on the Sonic Emotion Absolute 3D system. The session will end with a live ‘Modular Jam’ through a multi-speaker setup.

VIP Roundtable Discussion
Chaired by SOS writer Gordon Reid.
Guests include Martyn Ware (Heaven 17) and Adrian Utley (Portishead) plus more to be confirmed.

Note: Seminars are unreserved and seating is on a first-come basis.

See the website for further details: http://synthfest.co.uk/seminars/

GRAB A BARGAIN
For one day only, SF-UK will become the biggest synth shop in Britain, with great prices and deals from retailers Rich Tone Music, Red Dog Music, KMR and Rubadub. Plus many of the boutique modular manufacturers will also have stock at superb ‘direct-to-the-public’ prices. And if it’s rare, second-hand gear you seek, check out the SoundGas stand.

LIVE MUSIC IN THE BAR
This year we introduce a live music stage in the bar, featuring ad hoc performances.

Joanne Armitage - Live Coding.
SoundGas House Band - Jamming with vintage synths and effects.

More artists TBA.
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Re: SynthFest UK - full details.

Postby blinddrew » Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:08 pm

I wouldn't know where to start with a synth but I'm tempted by this just for the seminars. :)
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Postby Dave B » Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:37 pm

Looks pretty darned spiffing to me. Sign me up!
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Postby Folderol » Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:22 pm

I'm already signed up :bouncy:
Must remember to work out exactly how best to get from the station to the venue. I think Sheffield regards internal travel as a quest!
Note to self: Avoid exotic food this year :sick:
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Re: SynthFest UK - full details.

Postby The Elf » Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:16 pm

It was a fantastic event last year, and looks to be even better this year!

Oooh, the things I could tell if I wasn't signed up to the SOS Secrecy Act - mmmmphhhhh$^"%^"%$&.

This is going to be GOOD! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Postby Dave B » Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:34 pm

Note to self : remember to take thumbscrews to the Giltrap launch on Tuesday..

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Postby Scramble » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:38 am

Looks like I'm coming to Synthfest.
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Re: SynthFest UK - full details.

Postby Folderol » Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:55 pm

Looking at a map, I see there's a multi-storey car park not far from the Octagon. Anyone got any idea how much they charge? If it's not arm + leg, it might be more convenient than coming in by train, then trying to get across from the station.

I would be coming in on the A625 from Hope, and it looks a comparatively easy route onto the ring road, or if I'm feeling adventurous, diverting onto the the B6069.
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Postby The Elf » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:48 pm

It's on Durham Road.

The list of charges is here:
http://www.q-park.co.uk/parking/sheffield/q-park-durham-road
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Postby Folderol » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:54 pm

Looks OK then. For all day it's about half what they charge down here for 4 hours, and also much less than the train fare from Hope.
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Postby Scramble » Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:13 pm

What hotel are SOSers staying in on Saturday night?
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Postby BillB » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:13 am

Got my ticket and know how to get there. The only thing I can't figure out is how, in a day packed with so much great stuff, to avoid missing too much great stuff because of all the other great stuff demanding attention....
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Postby Jumpeyspyder » Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:26 am

Looking forward to this, last year was a blast !

Could do with some making some better plans for lunch - ahead of schedule!
( last year I really enjoyed lunch, but may have accidently taken Will to somwhere that made him ill :( )

Better Suggestions welcome!
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Re: SynthFest UK - full details.

Postby blinddrew » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:06 am

£5 for all day parking makes the car very tempting, but does mean no cheeky shandies.
Decisions decisions.
Is anyone else likely to be heading down from the York area who might want a lift?
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Re: SynthFest UK - full details.

Postby Folderol » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:07 am

I see we still have this topic for 2017 up and sticky :roll:
I'm wondering when we'll see a sticky for this year - we could start spreading (quite unfounded) rumours on it then :tongue:
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Re: SynthFest UK - full details.

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:17 am

Unstuck!

The Initial details for Synthfest 2018 are here:

http://synthfest.co.uk/

Its on Saturday 6th October at the same Octagon, Sheffield venue.

More details will be released soon, but in the meantime I can say the event will be even bigger and better this year.

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Re: SynthFest UK - full details.

Postby Folderol » Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:38 pm

I know tickets aren't on sale till May, but I'm a bit disappointed that the website still doesn't give any idea of what's new :cry:
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Re: SynthFest UK - full details.

Postby ReadySaltedChris » Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:19 pm

Paul:

The room problem was a big downer for me. I.e. spending ages queuing and then not getting in for Dr.Who. Will there be improvements in 2018 to avoid this happening to such an extent?

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Re: SynthFest UK - full details.

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:07 pm

Yes, the seminar room caught everyone out, even though it was double the size of the room we used in the first year. I believe the intention is to use another different and much, much larger seminar room at this year's event.

I'm sure more details of what's to come at synthfest 2018 will be released as and when the plans and confirmations are in a more complete state... Patience dear it, patience! ;-)

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Postby ConcertinaChap » Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:05 pm

ReadySaltedChris wrote:and then not getting in for Dr.Who.

In the hopes that I might make it up this year will there be any possibility that you could repeat this workshop? I know it would depend on availability of people and stuff but is it being thought of?

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