Learning Party: Making Waves
4:00 PM16:00

Learning Party: Making Waves

Richard Nicol and Michael Johnsen will be Guest Experts at this kid friendly event at Assemble. Event details from the event organizer are below.


Are you a beat-maker, dancer, curious scientist? The future needs your inquiry, your questions, and your inventions to create a better world!

Meet and learn from scientists, musicians, choreographers, designers, technologists and engineers, and collaborate with your peers! Discover how you can make an impact, and help design what you want to see in the future!

This event is free and features fun, hands-on activities led by local organizations. Learning Party activities are organized as stations, which are facilitated by a team of local experts and organizations.

All materials and snacks provided. Please email Hannah at hannah@assemblepgh.org if your student has any dietary restrictions.

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Silent Screams: The Cat and the Canary with live score by Richard Nicol
8:00 PM20:00

Silent Screams: The Cat and the Canary with live score by Richard Nicol

THE CAT AND THE CANARY with live score by Richard Nicol

THE CAT AND THE CANARY is a 1927 American silent horror film adaptation of John Willard's 1922 black comedy play of the same name. Directed by German Expressionist filmmaker Paul Leni, the film stars Laura La Plante as Annabelle West, Forrest Stanley as Charles "Charlie" Wilder, and Creighton Hale as Paul Jones. The plot revolves around the death of Cyrus West, who is Annabelle, Charlie, and Paul's uncle, and the reading of his will 20 years later. Annabelle inherits her uncle's fortune, but when she and her family spend the night in his haunted mansion they are stalked by a mysterious figure. Meanwhile, a lunatic known as "the Cat" escapes from an asylum and hides in the mansion.

About Richard Nicol
The founder of Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers, Richard has obsessively worked to create meticulously designed, beautiful instruments, which are both accessible to beginning sound experimenters, as well as infinitely extendable for professional musicians and producers. 

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Microvolt 3900 Masterclass Hosted by Ask.Audio
3:00 PM15:00

Microvolt 3900 Masterclass Hosted by Ask.Audio

Join us for a free video masterclass on the new Microvolt 3900!

Explore the features, design, and sonic possibilities of this unique analog synth. Lecture will included:

•Detailed feature breakdown
•Patching tips and techniques
•Interfacing with other devices
•Q&A Session
•Free Gear Raffle

By participating, you will be entered to win either our Dynamic Impulse Filter Eurorack Module or a Microvolt 3900 Graphic T-shirt

Free to Enroll!

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Intro to Synthesizers & Electronic Sound Making
2:00 PM14:00

Intro to Synthesizers & Electronic Sound Making

  • CLP – Main (Oakland) – Music, Film & Audio Department (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

They’re back! Richard Nicol and Michael Johnsen of Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers will offer a no-nonsense, beginner-friendly introduction to the principles and tools of electronic music, especially the analog synthesizer.

The world of electronic instruments can seem confusing, but they all share the same basic ingredients. Using an intuitive analog synthesizer, we’ll make sense of the building blocks that make electronic music sing: oscillators, filters, envelope generators and modulators. Then we’ll turn the knobs and switches over to you to explore the limitless palette of sonic species.

CLP - Main (Oakland) - Music, FIlm & Audio Department
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, 15213

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GearFest 2018
to Jun 23

GearFest 2018

We'll be in the ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION tent. More location information forthcoming.

******From the Event Host ******

With two days of the hottest new gear, mind-blowing workshops, and performances by some of the best in the business, Sweetwater continues to put the "fest" in GearFest. Oh, and did we mention thousands of dollars of gear giveaways, camping, and GearFest-exclusive gear deals? And it's all absolutely free. Register now to claim your spot at this year's Sweetwater GearFest.

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Codefest Jr.
2:00 PM14:00

Codefest Jr.

  • The Carnegie Library East Library Branch (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers is excited to participate in Codefest Jr., Saturday, May 19, 2018. Come play with our synthesizers at this kid-focused, hands-on event.



Description from host's event page:
Learn, explore and play with coding in all its forms in this celebration of creative technology for kids and teens!

During this hands-on event, you can:

--Learn about computational thinking with interactive, hands-on activities
--Explore the Techno Teens program from the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
--Design 3D objects and see a 3D printer in action
--Engage in hands-on activities with Assemble
--Learn about Sparkbox’s coding tools for beginning coders
--Make music with Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers
--Discover the code behind beat-making and audio production
--Guide a robot through a maze
--Develop interactive 3D environments with Alice
--And much more!

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Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizer Playground
to May 7

Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizer Playground


There will be an interview with Richard Nicol and live performances broadcast from Keith Bar starting at 18:30 CEST. You can listen here: Mixlr.com/artpimp


We are taking the Synth Playground to Berlin. Join us at Keith Bar for an evening of ambient and abstract electronics the Sunday after Superbooth 18.

Start and end times are subject to change.

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