Modular Moon is a school of modular synthesis based out of Amsterdam and Berlin and they’ve just released a beautifully produced book containing the heart of their modular syllabus and curriculum.
It’s a “planet for self-expression in Sound Synthesis”. You can discover all sorts of things at Modular Moon. They run classes on synthesis, they teach module prototyping, hold events and workshops with guests that have included Erica Synths, This is Not Rocket Science and Error Instruments and provides a space in which you can learn about Eurorack and how it all goes together.
The book brings together their entire curriculum chapter by chapter with beautiful photography and illustrations. It starts with concepts of sound and physics and moves into Eurorack standards, control voltage and signal flow. It uses a “Given System” through the book put together from very basic and affordable modules which you can follow literally or use as a springboard into larger and more complex systems. Each module is examined and explained and then patched into practice.
Once the basics are baked in the book moves on building complex patches, tackling ideas for performance, understanding different forms of synthesis, studio setups, post-production and sound design. There’s a chapter on the history of synthesis and another on building your own pocket synthesizer. It’s pretty comprehensive.
The book was written by founder Anna Martinova (a.k.a. modular artist Tulpa Dusha) and Pete Johnston from Bantu Sound and was originally conceived as a study guide for students but they decided that maybe everyone else could benefit from it and for that I’m grateful. They’re also working on an App version that will be “an interactive magical journey”.
“The book will show you the path into the world of modular sound synthesis.”
Modular Sound Synthesis on the Moon is out now and they’ve just sent out the preorders. At €60 it’s not cheap but I think it’s essential reading for anyone interested in understanding Eurorack and modular synthesis at a solid level and the quality and detail is worth every penny.
- Modular Moon website.