FeM Synth Lab

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. See below for upcoming programming!

FeM Synth Lab: Intro to Ableton Live
Thursday, May 24, 7:30-9:30pm
40 participants maximum
Hosted by Natalie Robehmed, Sophia Elliot, and kora colasuonno
$3-RSVP required 
(contact us at femsynthlab@gmail.com if you’re unable to pay!)

Ableton Live is a powerful and versatile tool that enables beginners and advanced users alike to dive  into the details of composing or remixing. Through skill sharing and discussion, you will learn the basics of Ableton Live.

This event is for womxn 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.

Accessibility info for this event:

WCCW has a 36” wide ramp at our front entrance and a stairway with 8 steps and a rail. There are 2 gender neutral restrooms. One restroom is wheelchair accessible, with a handrail. We provide scent free soaps and encourage guests to attend our events scent free. If you require ASL interpretation, CART, interpretation for a language other than English, supervised childcare, or have any other access needs or questions, please contact info@wccw.us at least two weeks in advance. It is our practice to do everything we can to create a safe and accessible space.

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

Modular synthesis can open up your music-making to a range of new sonic possibilities that otherwise wouldn’t be possible, or at least wouldn’t be immediately apparent just by using most standalone hardware synths or plug-ins. Following our introductory modular synth session, this workshop will get into more advanced techniques for modular synth users.  

Joining FeM Synth Lab this month is Naomi Mitchell, who makes synths as omiindustriies and releases music as Poor Impulse Width Modulation.

This event is for womxn 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.

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.

One-on-one Modular Troubleshooting
with Naomi Mitchell, who makes modular synths as omiindustriies
Thursday, March 29, 20 minute slots between 4:30-6:30pm
Free with RSVP

Having trouble getting one module talking to another? Not sure how to use a module or a specific feature of a module? Need a little help just plugging stuff in?

Bring your gear early on March 29th – sign up for a free 20 minute one-on-one with Naomi Mitchell, who makes synths as omiindustriies and music as poor impulse width modulation!

One-on-one Modular Troubleshooting takes place right before Fem Synth Lab: Intro to Modular Synths on March 29th. If you’d like to stick around for this regularly scheduled Fem Synth programming, purchase a ticket below! 

Intro To Modular Synths
Thursday, March 29, 7:30-9:30pm
$3– email femsynthlab@gmail.com if you are unable to pay!

Modular synthesis can open up your music to a range of new sonic possibilities that otherwise wouldn’t be possible, or at least wouldn’t be immediately apparent just by using most standalone hardware synths or plug-ins. How does patching together these often wildly different modules generate audio, and how can you control it?

Through skill-sharing and discussion, you will learn the basics of what modular synthesizers are, how they work and some ways to make music with them.

Joining FeM Synth Lab this month is Tierra Williams, an experimental musician who performs in the Los Angeles duo Moment Trigger. Tierra currently uses modular and semi-modular synthesizers, in addition to midi controllers, drum machines, rhythm and synthesizer apps, and software such as Ableton Live. She is also the co-creator of DIY label Fatt Grabbers, as well as the monthly experimental music series Stranger.

This event is for womxn 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.

**All proceeds go to the guest artist**

Tierra Williams is an experimental musician who performs in the Los Angeles duo Moment Trigger with partner Chris Lazard. Formed in 2005, Moment Trigger produces and performs experimental electronic music such as techno, industrial and textural noise. Tierra currently uses modular and semi-modular synthesizers, in addition to midi controllers, drum machines, rhythm and synthesizer apps, and software such as Ableton Live. She is also the co-creator of DIY label Fatt Grabbers, as well as the monthly experimental music series Stranger.

Adding Effects
Thursday, February 22, 7:30-9:30pm

Effects, such as reverb and delay, can both subtly enhance and/or completely overhaul your sounds. In this session, we’ll explore these common and powerful effects, how they work in pedal form for hardware set-ups, and how these effects can be applied, digitally, via plug-ins

Through discussion, skill-sharing and hands-on experimentation with equipment we will provide, you will learn the basics of how to hook up and use effects pedals for gear like synthesizers, drum machines, and mixers, as well as how to apply effects in DAWs such as Ableton Live. We’ll also go over an example of a mixer with built in effects and how you might use that in your music-making or DJing.  

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 music production. Absolutely no experience is necessary!

How-To: Humanize Your Synths
Thursday, January 25, 7:30-9:30pm

Do your synth lines sound a little too rigid and computerized? We’ll show you a number of simple but powerful techniques to help make your computer music sound a little more organic!

Through discussion, skill-sharing and hands-on experimentation with equipment we will provide, you will learn the basics of humanization and related music production skills.

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 music production. Absolutely no experience is necessary!

FeM Synth Lab with Bergsonist
Wednesday November 1, 7-8pm
All donations go to the artist

In our first guest session, Brooklyn-based producer Bergsonist will talk through her production process, what software she uses to record her music, and give a demonstration of her live, hardware-based, setup.

Brooklyn-based, Moroccan-born Selwa Abd uses the fictional character Bergsonist (derived from Gilles Deleuze’s Bergsonism) as her musical guise. Abd is an artist and musician based in New York using multiple mediums to investigate social resonance through divergent conceptual aesthetics (minimalism, techno, music concrete, to name a few). Her practice utilizes her trained design sensibility to filter the objects of intuitive exploration, guided by an impulse to detach subjective meaning from found sonic fragments. Notions of identity, memory, social politics and the ambiguous long-term reliability/stability of our digital networks drive this process.

She has released on Börft Records, Clan Destine and Styles Upon Styles, among other labels.

https://soundcloud.com/bergsonist

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.

SOLD OUT: Intro to Sampling
Thursday October 26, 7:30-9:30pm
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!

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!