Wednesday, 5 November 2014


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SYNTHESIS SCHOOL with Christian Moraga & David Burraston

This years final ‘WIRED AWS’ professional development workshop, with funding support available for emerging and mid-career artists from around Australia. One day of instruction and "synthesis school" & one day of recording, for artists, musicians, performers, sound designers etc.

Introduction to the synthesizer & first principles (analogue / digital / modular / subtractive / FM / RM etc)
Background to instruments, sequencers and programming
Differences between analogue CV/Gate & digital MIDI synthesizer interfaces / interconnection
End of first day with a hands-on session

Recording & experimentation time with all of the gear hooked up to an iMac, Logic, hi quality multi channel audio interface & speakers
Recorded material will be available to each participant to make a track or piece of work after the workshop
Discussion session / Q&A on performing/recording & workshop recorded material

Some instruments will be provided for use at the workshop, but feel to bring your own instruments & recording equipment. Enrolment to this workshop is via an EOI process. There is also financial assistance for artists to attend, refer to the WIRED AWS information in this newsletter.

Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 December @ Cootamundra High School
Saturday 3pm - 8pm, followed by dinner with workshop participants
Sunday 8.30am - 12.30pm

NB: These workshop times are to accommodate train arrivals & departures from Sydney and Melbourne. Historically this seems to be the preferred mode of transport for w/shop participants.
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CHRISTIAN MOREGA Scientist, synthesist, designer and builder – these four terms best describe self-confessed electronics nerd, Christian Moraga. His post-grad education in physics and chemistry evolved into a fascination with electronics and soon became his chosen path, with the past ten years having worked in valve amplification and synthesis electronics. His own business, cubisteffects, has seen him create custom bespoke instruments for experimental/noise musicians, both local and abroad, with his own music being released as Oscillateur. Oscillateur embraces the DIY electronics that Christian has become known for with each musical project influenced by the instruments he designs and builds. Christian currently works for Roland Australia.
DAVE BURRASTON One of the founding members of The Wired Lab, Burraston is an artist/scientist who has been involved in AV technology, music and electronic arts since the 70s, with a particular specialisation in synthesizers, or ‘sympathizers’ according to his granny. In 2006 Burraston was awarded a PhD in generative music and internationally he is recognised as a leading practitioner/theorist in this area. Burraston has released several albums under the moniker of ‘Dave Noyze' and runs his own independent research studio:  

$ for artists

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR ARTISTS: WIRED AWS (ARTISTS WORKSHOP SCHEME) The WIRED AWS Scheme provides financial assistance for emerging and mid career artists from around Australia to attend Wired Lab workshops and initiatives. For ‘Synthesis School’ The Wired Lab will be offering funding support to assist 8-10 artists with the costs to attend the workshop. Artists who consider themselves to be ‘emerging’ or ‘mid career’ are invited to submit a brief expression of interest (EOI) detailing their arts practice and how they feel they will benefit from being a WIRED AWS participant.

On your EOI please cite the cost of your return travel to/from Cootamundra NSW and keep your EOI to 1 A4 page. Also note that we don’t follow age determined definitions of ‘emerging’ we expect you to determine where you place your practice and experience. Musicians and Interdisciplinary artists are encouraged to apply.

WIRED AWS and our residency programs are supported by the Federal Government through Australia Council for the Arts, and the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

WIRED AWS expressions of interest are due Wednesday 26th November (places will be confirmed no later than Friday 28th November)

To obtain an EOI form email: workshops { @  } wiredlab . org