#ladiesofmodular Roundtable and DIY workshop. Friday 19 July, Sussex



The Sussex Humanities Lab 11am-5pm #ladiesofmodular Roundtable and DIY workshop.

Join us for #ladiesofmodular! – This year we’re dedicating part of Brighton Modular Festival to women, trans-, and non-binary people. Co-funded by the Sussex Humanities Lab and the CHASE Feminist Network, and aided by Thonk, FACT/// and the Yorkshire Sound Women Network, we’re holding a roundtable discussion on women in music tech and a women/trans/non-binary synth-building workshop.

We recommend registering via Eventbrite for the workshop because places will be very limited but you’re welcome to come along and see if you can grab a space for the talk!

Introductions by Mimi Haddon

Roundtable with Jilliene Sellner, Paula Maddox, Alissa DeRubeis, and Loula Yorke

Workshop with Loula Yorke


Please note: The synth-building workshop is for femme-identified women and non-binary people, and open to all who are not cis men. We ask that our cis male allies and friends respectfully do not attend, as we recognise that electronic music is overwhelmingly dominated by cis men.

Alissa DeRubeis is a curator, educator, and improvisor based in Portland, OR. Alissa works for 4ms Company and is a co-founder of the S1 and @Prague Synth Library. She brings her years of experience in the modular community to her passion of creation and exploration with the Synth Libraries as well as her own musical performances, which are under her name, or in collaboration with Yasi Perera in Quite Eyes of Air. More about Alissa and her work can be found at www.alisssa.com

Mimi Haddon is Lecturer in Music at the University of Sussex. Her research interests focus on genre, identity, and processes of cultural legitimation. She holds a PhD in Historical Musicology from McGill University. Her book, What is Post-Punk? Genre and Identity in Avant-Garde Popular Music, 1977-1982, is published by the University of Michigan Press and will be launched in February 2020.

Paula Maddox has been around the world of synthesisers for nearly 30 years. She started a company called “Modulus” back in 2000 to bring some of her projects to the commercial world. She then began working on DSP based synthesisers followed by smaller, pocket-sized hardware synthesizers such as the GorF in 2009. From there she went on to form what is now Modal Electronics in 2013. In 2016 she resigned from Modal and now, after a break, She’s back with new ideas and a fresh start with Dove Audio as my company name, with a firm belief in the three keywords of the company; Purity, Integrity and Love.

Jilliene Sellner is a researcher and composer. Her collaborative practice based PhD in music at the University of Sussex explores women who make sound art and experimental musics in Cairo, Beirut and Tehran. She is also a podcast editor and consultant, a DJ and the founder of Sonic Atelier, a platform for training and exploration in sound and digital recording techniques for the local community in Hastings and St Leonards on Sea.

Loula Yorkɘ is a live artist and noise-maker whose practice dances in the space where techno meets leftism. Her primary instrument is a modular synthesiser housed in a roughly-hewn log. As one half of TR-33N, Loula has performed live at Glastonbury Festival and Boomtown, and had collaborative work broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Pronounced like a whisper, her debut solo album ysmysmysm is out now on Junted, Detroit.

Please note: This event is for for women and non-binary people.

More information: Facebook event page; link for tickets.

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