2019 Seminar Programme

The following seminars are already scheduled for 2019. Information about other seminars will be added as soon as it becomes available.

Fairlight @ 40

Fairlight CMI Owner, enthusiast and some-time restorer, Rob Puricelli (aka Failed Muso), will take you through the 40 year history of this ground breaking instrument, dispel some myths, reinforce others and demonstrate why this machine, 40 years ago this year, changed the way we make music to this day, and is as important to electronic music making as the the Minimoog.


Composing With Tape

Engineer and producer Marta Salogni will use her Revox and Akai reel-to-reel tape machine setup to demonstrate the compositional element of tape within electronic music creation. Based on a live performance, she will talk about tape machines as musical instruments whilst showing different forms of creative processing such as tape loops, feedback and cross-routing sends and returns.

Marta has worked with artists across a range of styles including Björk, Bon Iver, Goldfrapp, Frank Ocean, and Holly Herndon. 


Here's what you missed from the 2018 Seminars:

2018 Seminar Programme

The Trautonium – Early synth from 1929
James Worthington, Ghost Money A.K.A. will talk about this strange and almost forgotten instrument by first looking at the early German electronic scene from which the trautonium emerged, including some of the more important personalities. How it’s invention came about at The Berlin Hochschule, by the desire to create new musical possibilities, featuring the involvement of composer Paul Hindemith, it’s inventor Freidrich Trautwein and it’s main protagonist, virtuoso and composer Oskar Sala. The talk will feature excerpts from old documentary films plus a live demonstration by James who will play what is possibly the only trautonium in the UK.

Delia Derbyshire

The pioneering composer based at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop who create the Dr Who theme.
Caro C (instigator and project manager of Delia Derbyshire Day) will present a talk about the late great electronic music pioneer via the Delia Derbyshire Archive held at John Rylands Library in Manchester, UK. You will have a chance to see some of Delia’s working notes and other correspondences and listen to audio extracts from the archive.

Delia Derbyshire logo

Deconstructing the Dr Who Theme

In recognition of the 60th anniversary of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, official archivist Mark Ayres will bring the music to life and talk about how this iconic theme tune was created by Delia Derbyshire using digitised versions of her original analogue tapes from the 1960s.

(Back by popular demand)

Radiophonic live

Sound Synthesis using Residuals

Martin Russ, creator of the ‘Residuals’ approach to synthesis, will give the first UK demonstration of this pioneering method of deconstructing sampled instrument sounds. This session will show a simple new way to creatively work with samples by splitting them into a ‘pitched’ part and a ‘noise’ part using a practical approach. Once a sound has been separated into two easily-comprehended orthogonal ‘residuals’, then rapid changes can be made to many normally inaccessible features of sampled sounds, using widely available conventional sound synthesis functionality. The live demonstrations of the technique in use will show how easy and intuitive changes can be made to sounds that combine samples and synthesis.

Martin Russ talk

Martyn Ware A Passion For Synths

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

(Back by popular demand)

Martyn Ware

Mars By 1980 – The Story of Electronic Music & VIP Roundtable

Author David Stubbs, known for his previous book on Kraftwerk, will talk about his new book and take us on a potted history from the very earliest of avant-garde sound making machines to current electronic music performers.

Mars by 1980

VIP Roundtable Discussion

Following David’s introductory talk, he’ll be joined on stage for a discussion with panel guests
Richard Barbieri (ex Japan and Porcupine Tree), Katia Isakoff Altersonic, Elizabeth Bernholz of Gazelle Twin and 1960s synth musician David Vorhaus of White Noise fame.