littleBits

We’ll approach each synth Bit from the point of playability. You’ll learn about the endless combinations in the Synth Kit with oscillators, sequencers, keyboards, filters, envelopes, delays, and (my favorite) the random Bit. The course is also practical because we play together and collaborate as a musical group, and can watch how a millimeter here or there makes a huge musical difference.

The littleBits are tiny synthesizer modules connected via magnets allowing for quick changes in the signal chain.

MakeMusicNewYork is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with over 1,000 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the five boroughs. This year at The Firehouse, it merges with Hans Tammen’s “Dark Circuits” Festival - with a 20-piece orchestra of Korg littleBits synth players to Phillip White & Mario deVega, to Shoko Nagai & Miguel Frasconi.

APHERESIS is a large multi-movement piece by Hans Tammen for 14 performers of custom-made electronic instruments. The piece is performed by Matthew Ostrowski, Andrea Parkins, Dafna Naphtali, Miguel Frasconi, Phillip Stearns, Philip White, Joshua Fried, Shoko Nagai, Maria Chavez, Satoshi Takeishi, Joker Nies, Mario DeVega, Lars Graugaard and Michael Vorfeld. Prior to the APHERESIS performance, the ensemble will present their own version of "live coding" by creating a "littleBits Monster Synth" from 20 kits of the popular Korg littleBits synth.