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Synths for Beginners: Adult Workshop

January 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join composer & technologist, Alex Christie for a single session, hands-on virtual workshop. Pay-what-you-can. All funds will support multi-session synth workshops for youngsters!

Limit 8 participants per workshop, offered 3 times for your convenience:

Wednesday, 1/20 6:00-8:00 PM EST
Saturday, 1/23, 2:00-4:00 PM EST
Monday, 1/25, 6:00-8:00 PM EST

Register at thebridgepai.org/synths-for-beginners/

From movie soundtracks to Electro-Pop to Hip-Hop to Experimental Music, synthesizers have shaped the way we make and think about sound. These electronic instruments can do everything from sculpt alien soundscapes to create dance-floor-shaking drum beats.

But how do they work? What might seem like overly complicated science is actually pretty straightforward once you get your hands dirty. The best way to learn about synthesizers is to play with synthesizers!

In this series of workshops we will use the synthesis software VCV Rack (free!) to build our own digital modular synthesizers that will allow us to explore new and exciting sound worlds. We will learn about the basic components of electronic sound and how these can be arranged to create new music. Participants will compose their own pieces and design their own digital electronic music instruments. Let’s demystify synthesis and make a bunch of fun noise! No experience necessary!

The adult workshop will run at a pay-what-you-can scale with all proceeds funding the free 5-part Synths for Beginners: Youth Workshops (ages 10-13 & 14-18).

Your Teacher:
Alex Christie is a composer, technologist, and instrument-builder based in Charlottesville, VA.
His work frequently combines electronics, sound, interactive light, and theater, in order to create multi-modal performance experiences.

He holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and Mills College and is currently a doctoral candidate in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia. Previously, Alex taught as a lecturer in Music Composition at Santa Clara University. He currently serves as faculty and Director of Electronic Music at the Walden School of Music, an organization that provides immersive music programs for children and adults.

Alex has enjoyed being involved with the Bridge and Charlottesville music scene since 2016. He is a co-curator of the Bridge-hosted series SOLOS and a frequent performer on the Telemetry series. His industrial techno band Altra just released their debut album VISEX, available on DKA records. He also enjoys baseball and geometric shapes.


January 25
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm