Knobcon 2018 Recap

We knew Knobcon would be a good time, but we had way more fun than expected. The best part was meeting other people who share a love for synths and enjoy the freedom of expressing oneself through music. There were a lot of exhibits to see and not enough time to explore everything in depth.

 video synthesis

video synthesis

Highlights were checking out Behringer’s semi-modular Neutron synth, video synthesis, and Juanito's handmade modular synth. That was incredibly badass! Zetsumei loved the hardcore DIY aspect and philosophy of it. Our favorite workshop was Juanito's "Modular for the Masses" where he explained how he created his synth from paper bags and tin cans.

 Juanito’s handmade synth

Juanito’s handmade synth

The build workshops were a good break from all the excitement. We built Żłob Modular's Attenumixer and MiniAtt, as well as the Laurentide SynthWorks VG2 which is a dual passive vactrol gate. Flutter put all of these in her eurorack system as soon as we got home.

One of the best things was collaborating with other people in the JAMMspace. It was Flutter's first time playing her system in public. If we can find some video from the jam session, we'll update this post. Either way, that's the beauty of modular. It's a chance for us to be present in the moment, something that can never be repeated or truly documented. We welcome these lessons of impermanence. However, we hope that the new friendships we made will last a lifetime.

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Christine Ingaldson

Mount Pleasant, WI

musician, painter, roller skater