FeM Synth Lab

October workshop description TBD– check back for sign-up link  & more info!

FeM Synth Lab is a low-cost recurring monthly night for womxn and non-binary folx to learn how to use hardware for electronic music production, meet others, and make music together.

Intro to Sampling
Thursday October 26, 7:30-9:30pm
Hosted by Natalie Robehmed, Sophia Elliot, and kora colasuonno
$3-RSVP required (contact us at femsynthlab@gmail.com if you’re unable to pay!)

Sampling can open up your compositional process to a whole world of new sounds – undisguised samples can reference work, chopped and screwed samples can spice up a dull beat, and samples can even be used as building blocks for synthesis!

Through discussion, skill-sharing and hands-on experimentation with equipment we will provide, you will learn the basics of sampling and how you can leverage it in your music.

This event is for women (trans & cis) and non-binary folx, *especially* those who are femme-identified. We ask that our cis male allies and friends respectfully do not attend, as we recognize that electronic music is very much dominated by cis men.

We hope to create an inclusive space for exploring sampling. Absolutely no experience is necessary!

Past Programming

June 29: Synthesizers

What are synthesizers? How do they work? What can synths sound like? How can we use them to make electronic music?

Despite women’s roles in pioneering these machines, they remain largely invisible in the cis-male-dominated field of synth-based electronic music. But women like Elysia Crampton, FKA Twigs, Antenes and Aurora Halal continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible with synths. And there are so many more femmes to be heard.

This is a hands-on introduction to using synthesizers to make music. Through discussion, skill-sharing, and experimentation with equipment we provide, you will learn what synthesizers are, how they can make sounds, and how to use those sounds in your own music-making.

This event prioritizes femme-identified women and non-binary persons. We ask that our cis male allies and friends respectfully do not attend, as we recognize that electronic music is very much dominated by cis men.

We hope to create an inclusive space for exploring what’s possible with synths. Absolutely no experience is necessary!

July 27: Drum Machines
What are drum machines? How do they work? What can drum machines sound like? How can we deploy them to make electronic music?

This is a hands-on introduction to using drum machines to make music. Through discussion, skill-sharing, and experimentation with equipment we provide, you will learn what drum machines are, how they can make sounds, and how to use those sounds in your own music-making.

 This event prioritizes femme-identified women and non-binary persons. We ask that our cis male allies and friends respectfully do not attend, as we recognize that electronic music is very much dominated by cis men.

We hope to create an inclusive space for exploring what’s possible with drum machines. Absolutely no experience is necessary!

Aug 17: Intro to DAWs

Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) – like Ableton Live or Logic Pro – are computer programs that allow us to record and tweak the sounds of synthesizers and drum machines, as well as to control software instruments. These powerful tools can translate your hardware-bound sounds to the digital realm, and even expand your music-making beyond the boundaries of physical devices. They help you not only polish, but have complete, fine-grained control, over the music you want to produce.

This is a hands-on introduction to using DAWs to make and record music. Through discussion, skill-sharing and experimentation with equipment we will provide, you will learn how two popular DAWs (Ableton Live and Logic Pro) are used to record instruments and control software instruments, and how you can employ these programs to fine tune your sound.

This event is for all (trans & cis) women and non-binary folx, especially those who are femme-identified. We ask that our cis male allies and friends respectfully do not attend, as we recognize that electronic music is very much dominated by cis men.

We hope to create an inclusive space for exploring an introduction to DAWs. Absolutely no experience is necessary!

Sept 21: Intro to Composition

Composing a track can be a daunting process, but there are several formulae that can help keep it simple! We’ll go over a little about how that can work for a basic synth- and drum-based techno track.

Through discussion, skill-sharing and hands-on experimentation with equipment we will provide, you will learn the basics of structuring tracks!

This event is for women (trans & cis) and non-binary folx, *especially* those who are femme-identified. We ask that our cis male allies and friends respectfully do not attend, as we recognize that electronic music is very much dominated by cis men.

We hope to create an inclusive space for exploring track structuring. Absolutely no experience is necessary!

Natalie Robehmed is a writer, musician, DJ and producer of electronic music. She has released as part of the duo DIVORCE (Sweat Equity, NY) and is working on a solo hardware project.

Sophia Elliot is a 25 year old music producer who has avidly composed for the past 10 years. She gathers inspiration from nature and her environment to combine organic sounds with the electronic. Using elements of synthesizers, samples, personal recordings and both.

kora colasuonno enjoys making meatspace a less oppressive place, playing with sound, skateboarding, and hanging out with her cat-friend.