We Are Robots is a new festival of music technology happening this week (2nd-5th Nov) in the East End of London. “Aberrant percussion and distortion makers” 000 will be running some DIY workshops along with electronic artist and manipulator Victor Mazon. While they are there they will be premiering three new Eurorack modules.
YKINMKATO Distortion Lab Interface
It’s a laboratory of distortion. 000 say they originally built it as a testing platform to develop their effects modules. But it’s become a bit of a favourite module in its own right. It comes with their Proco-Rat bass distortion with some extras and mods to work nicely for drone and percussive sounds.
The kit also includes a perforated PCB board where you can design your own distortions. 000 will be providing additional distortion “shields” that (I think) connect to the back and change the sound. Quite how all that works is unclear at the moment. It’s the sort of thing you’d probably discover at one of their workshop events.
YKINMKATO has VCA in and out with a wet/dry mix that are all CV controllable. There are three controls, X, Y and Z which control the shield distortions. For the included RAT distortion they control texture, distortion and volume.
The price will be £165.
EQ69 Semiparametric Baxandall Equaliser
It’s a British Heritage 3 band EQ. It has high and low shelves, a sweepable mid with “Presence”. With one input and one output in a 3HP package it couldn’t be simpler, although it lacks any kind of CV controllable parameters.
Priced at £95 as a festival special.
8ct8 AC/DC Signal mixer
Probably not as interesting as the distortion laboratory but this is exactly the sort of mixer I’ve been looking for. 8 channels of audio or CV mixing on bi-colour LED sliders. Simple mute buttons, an inverting and non-inverting output, perfectly simply mixing of 8 sources in a compact (for a mixer) module.
Also priced at £165.
On the 4th and 5th November 000 are giving you the opportunity to build one of their existing modules. Prices range from £95 for the SCAT 0-logical Distortion up to £165 for the TOMS of Finland percussion module. But you can also try your hand at the BSDM Bareback Kick, Snore Fist Drum, HeilHats, or WHIP MIDI to trigger interface. Victor Mazon is hosting the build of the Signum device, a strange machine that allows you to listen to and record the sounds hidden in the electromagnetic spectrum.
You place a £20 deposit down with MusicHackSpace and then pay the rest in cash on the day in order to take your newly made module away with you. No previous experience is necessary but interest and patience is mandatory.
I imagine space is limited so you should get in there before I work out a way to go along myself. These sorts of opportunities to learn about the mechanics of synthesis with hands-on projects don’t come around that often.