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Exploring sound synthesis with CMOS logic

Passepartout Duo
FROM GATES TO GROOVES. Exploring sound synthesis with CMOS logic
FROM GATES TO GROOVES: Exploring sound synthesis with CMOS logic
DESCRIPTION

Workshop participants learn to create their own hardware synthesizer designs using KiCad, which can be readily produced as a finished PCBA (printed circuit board assembly). The workshop starts from some basics of circuit design, but largely focus on the process of schematic capture and PCB layout using KiCad, an open source software. The workshop guides participants through the full process from the ideation to the physical manufacturing of devices. After the workshop, participants can order their designs online if they wish to continue the process independently.

The focus is on circuits for sound synthesis that make use of CMOS 4000 series logic ICs. These integrated circuits have served as long standing building blocks for circuit design since their introduction in 1968. In this application it is possible to use them for computational logic for sonic purposes.

Passepartout Duo
Passepartout Duo

Passepartout Duo is composed of Nicoletta Favari and Christopher Salvito.

Their work attempt to reimagine how we approach sound, often borrowing materials, processes, or concepts from other disciplines. The two musicians have been designing and building original musical interfaces as a ground for the exploration of innovative collaborative ways of composing and performing music.

The duo is inspired by old and new technologies alike, which are explored either in live music settings, where the original performativity of them as a keyboardist and a percussionist still bear visible trace, or as room-size sound installations. An ongoing thread of research is represented by their interest in polyrhythmic structures, electromagnetic fields, and acoustic feedback.

Having been traveling continuously for nearly six years now, this way of creating music always on the go and in different contexts brought us to develop a certain ecosystem of instruments that need to be portable and flexible. Recently, the wish of exchanging musical ideas in a more substantial way with other musicians we encounter on the road has brought to develop new strategies for improvisation, strongly building on idea of sharing musical instruments on stage and mixing the acoustic and electronic dimensions.

FROM GATES TO GROOVES

Exploring sound synthesis with CMOS logic

Passepartout Duo
FROM GATES TO GROOVES: Exploring sound synthesis with CMOS logic
DESCRIPTION

Workshop participants learn to create their own hardware synthesizer designs using KiCad, which can be readily produced as a finished PCBA (printed circuit board assembly). The workshop starts from some basics of circuit design, but largely focus on the process of schematic capture and PCB layout using KiCad, an open source software. The workshop guides participants through the full process from the ideation to the physical manufacturing of devices. After the workshop, participants can order their designs online if they wish to continue the process independently.

The focus is on circuits for sound synthesis that make use of CMOS 4000 series logic ICs. These integrated circuits have served as long standing building blocks for circuit design since their introduction in 1968. In this application it is possible to use them for computational logic for sonic purposes.

Passepartout Duo

Passepartout Duo is composed of Nicoletta Favari and Christopher Salvito.

Their work attempt to reimagine how we approach sound, often borrowing materials, processes, or concepts from other disciplines. The two musicians have been designing and building original musical interfaces as a ground for the exploration of innovative collaborative ways of composing and performing music.

The duo is inspired by old and new technologies alike, which are explored either in live music settings, where the original performativity of them as a keyboardist and a percussionist still bear visible trace, or as room-size sound installations. An ongoing thread of research is represented by their interest in polyrhythmic structures, electromagnetic fields, and acoustic feedback.

Having been traveling continuously for nearly six years now, this way of creating music always on the go and in different contexts brought us to develop a certain ecosystem of instruments that need to be portable and flexible. Recently, the wish of exchanging musical ideas in a more substantial way with other musicians we encounter on the road has brought to develop new strategies for improvisation, strongly building on idea of sharing musical instruments on stage and mixing the acoustic and electronic dimensions.