Tag: Modular Synthesizer Ensemble

Video: Modular Synthesizer Ensemble @SUPERBOOTH22

The Modular Synthesizer Ensemble has become an integral part of the Superbooth Berlin events. After the successful cooperation of the previous years. Gammon and his ensemble of 12 individual modular synthesizers has again been part of SUPERBOOTH22.

The Modular Synthesizer Ensemble offers the possibility to make music together in a group without any previous musical knowledge. The participants experiment, improvise and compose together and perform the results live in public.

This is a short video of the final composition made on the Saturday of SUPERBOOTH22:


SchneidersLaden presents SUPERBOOTH23

Special Modular Beginner Workshop with Gammon // August 22nd

In their weekly Modular Beginner Workshop series SchneidersLaden helped hundreds of musicians to make their first steps into this special field of creative expression. Mostly these workshops are held by an expert from the shop, but from time to time there is a special guest: On August 22nd the Modular Beginner Workshop is held by Gammon – who is an experienced modular artist and the founder of the Modular Synthesizer Ensemble. This project provides an immediate access to modular synthesizers and gives the participants the chance to experience the development process of electronic sounds in a practical and sensitive way. They experiment and improvise but in particular focus on playing music together. Find out more on the official website.

For the modular Beginner Workshop at SchneidersLaden Gammon is bringing one of the ensemble instruments and will talk the participants through everything that is needed to understand these instruments. Furthermore he will make sure that all participants will be able to confidently make their own first patch afterwards.

Don’t miss the chance to learn from an experienced expert in the field of teaching modulars! Join the workshop for free – Thursday 22nd of August – 6pm at SchneidersLaden.

If you can’t make it to this workshop but want to take part in a Modular Synthesizer Ensemble workshop, check out the official website. There are currently projects planned in Krems – Austria, Bolzano – Italy and Hamburg – Germany.

If you can’t make it it to this workshop, be sure to try to be there on another Thursday for SchneidersLadens regular, weekly Modular Beginner Workshop! More info here.

Modular Synthesizer Ensemble workshop with Gammon at Ernst Krenek Forum

In January 2019 the Modular Synthesizer Ensemble will again be a guest at the Ernst Krenek Forum. Due to the great demand last year, there will be 5 workshops this time.
3 of them with school classes from Krems, 2 workshops will be offered for registration.

The Modular Synthesizer makes analog synthesis tangible and easy to understand. It opens up a wide range of sound possibilities and an intuitive and creative approach to electronic music.
The Modular Synthesizer Ensemble consists of a fixed set of twelve Modular Synthesizers. Led by Gammon, a musician and music mediator who has been working with synthesizers since the 1990s, the one-day workshop gives participants a deep insight into the work with modular synthesizers: they experiment, improvise and develop sounds, noises and sequences for their own compositions.


Here is an example of one of the Modular  Synthesizer Ensemble workshops at SUPERBOOTH18:


Gammons “Modular Synthesizer Ensemble” project @SUPERBOOTH18

This is the presentation of Gammons Modular Synthesizer Ensemble project. Together with a school class he developed the composition that can be heard and seen in this video. The pupils participated in a workshop that started early in the morning to get an introduction to the instruments and to create a composition for a short performance in front of the SUPERBOOTH18 audience.

With Theremin, classic analog synthesis and electro-acoustical elements the “biggest band at SUPERBOOTH18” played a versatile and innovative performance that hopefully made some students and teachers look beyond their own nose – in terms of how music can be made.

SchneidersLaden presents SUPERBOOTH18


MODULAR SYNTHESIZER EMSEMBLE – Project for participants between 14 and 18 years @SUPERBOOTH18

During SUPERBOOTH18 the project MODULAR SYNTHESIZER EMSEMBLE will be presented again, which successfully celebrated its premiere at last year’s Superbooth. The teenagers work independently on the 12 provided modular synthesizers. Guided by Gammon, they experiment, improvise and develop a composition of their own which will be performed publicly on 5th of May in the FEZ Berlin.


Date: 05 May 2018 – SUPERBOOTH18 at FEZ Berlin

The participants meet at 9:20 am at the carousel in the foyer.
Start of the project at 9:30 am.
Performance on stage at K1 at 1:30 pm.

Please register at: mail@gammon.at

Participation is free – the workshop is limited to 12 persons. Parents, legal guardians, siblings etc. of the participants need a regular admission ticket to the fair.

Become a part of Gammon’s Modular Synthesizer Enseble in the Ernst Krenek Forum.

The Modular Synthesizer Ensemble by Gammon will be open for public registration for the first time this January. Anyone can apply for one of the open positions in this project. It will take place on 28th of January in Krems-Stein, Austria. If you want to be part of this project please apply until the 15th of Janury. Find all information via this LINK.

The Modular Synthesizer Ensemble operates with fixed instruments and changing instrumentation. 10 Modular Synthesizers are the starting point for the participatory music project with the aim of presenting electronic music live as an ensemble. The two project parts during the day are followed by a final presentation.

Experiments and compositions are made on the modular synthesizers provided. The participants operate independently and develop sounds, melodies, sounds and sequences for a composition that will be performed live on Sunday, January 28, 2018 as the end of the project day at the Ernst Krenek Forum (Krems).

The project is led by Gammon, who has been working with the Modular Synthesizer since the 1990s and is active in the field of music and art education. The Modular Synthesizer Ensemble was first presented at the SUPERBOOTH17 in Berlin.

Gammons Modular Synthesizer Ensemble at DEFINE festival

(All pictures by Lars Salomonsen)

Gammons MODULAR SYNTHESIZER ENSEMBLE has been on tour during November 2017. We have already published some thoughts about his project in Bludenz that can be found here. Earlier in November he was at DEFINE festival in Sønderborghus, Denmark.

“Ny Kunst i Sønderborg” organises an annual festival with the aim of presenting innovative, pioneering artists. At the same time, Define University will be held with a series of workshops, the results of which were presented as part of the festival’s program. This year, the topic “modular” was examined from three different perspectives. Digital, with Johan Eriksson (SE) (Automatonism), formal, as performance concept “Mobile Exact” with Claus Haxholm (DK) and Analog with the Modular Synthesizer Ensemble by Gammon (A).

_LAS8862.CR2 09NOV17 Define Festival Elektronisk musikfestival på Jaruplund Højskole. Foto: Lars Salomonsen.(All pictures by Lars Salomonsen)

The Modular Synthesizer Ensemble operates with a fixed set of instruments (12 modular synthesizers) and a changing formation. This project involved working in a Danish Hojskole with students of the electronic music class. The students were all experienced musicians, but have not yet had any experience with the Modular Synthesizer. During the 3 project days, not only the functioning of the instrument was learned, but also music was composed, studied and rehearsed especially for this project. Among other things a composition for Morse code and speech melody by Manuela Kerer (IT).

The outcome of this ensemble work was presented on Saturday during the festival program at Sønderborghus in Sønderborg. Mads Nielsen, one of the students concluded, “Well the project itself is just really nice. It is not happening very often that you get the chance to explore ten nice modulars – and playing them with others” and Oscar Metcalf-Rinaldo commented “I think the project was structured in a very nice way that led to an organic flow of creative ideas being channeled into something exciting and unique.” The students specifically pointed out that it was a unique experience to play music together as an ensemble, and this was rated more valuable than emphasizing theory and technical aspects.

To give you a better insight into this project, Gammon produced the following video:


Gammon and the Modular Synthesizer Ensemble at Bludenz

(All pictures by BARBARA WINKLER)


Our dear friend Gammon has had a very busy November. In the coming weeks we will be covering his different projects with the Modular Synthesizer Ensemble at Define festival (Denmark), concert at Grätzel Galerie (Vienna) and many more. Starting with the „Tage zeitgemäßer Musik” (days of contemporary music) at Bludenz. This festival has been founded 29 years ago. Gammon started his Modular Synthesizer Ensemble seminars at SUPERBOOTH17 and you can have a short insight into this here.

To Bludenz Gammon brought a dozen modular synthesizers for the festival of contempory music. Five pupils from Bludenz took part in a three day seminar exploring different modular synthesizers and composing and rehearsing for a concert. They all attend the music section of the high school in Bludenz and learn one instrument each, but have never been using a synthesizer. For them it was the first contact with this electronic musical instrument. Contemporay music is often not recognised by young people. They tend not to realize how wide the field of music can be and that it does not always need rythms and melodies. Therefor the Tage zeitgemäßer Musik at Bludenz are an important and very welcome institution for cultural education. The festival set a focus on cultural education of young people with the Modular Synthesizer Ensemble by Gammon.

Because this project is about cultural and not technical education the creative and musical work started right after a brief introduction into the basic functional principles of modular synthesizers. Very quickly the group was able to develop and create different musical voices to interact and complement each other in a unique composition. All participants had different modular systems with different sonic qualities and potentials. These different “voices” were the technical basis for the ensemble. With a very basic introduction to the wide field of modular synthesis the participants were able to work out specific sounds and express themselfs. One piece at a time was worked out. Starting with individual sounds that were then arranged in structures to form a performance or concert in the end. These young people managed to get a good sens for each other and the music and formed a convincing group of musicians – an ensemble.

Gammon, who had already offered this method in Berlin and Denmark, was very pleased with the athmosphere and outcome of this seminar:”The youngsters got involved and played very well. My main goal is making music together. The project gave us all a lot of pleasure, and the audience was impressed by what can be achieved in three days.” And the visebilety in the community was a central issue. Therefor the venue was chosen to be in the middle of the city, in a former shoe store.




(All pictures by BARBARA WINKLER)


Gammons MODULAR SYNTHESIZER ENSEMBLE is on tour during November 2017. The concept for these workshops is to create a Modular Synthesizer Ensemble with the participants and to be able to play an improvised concert in the end. The Modular Synthesizer Ensemple is supported by SchneidersLaden and very pleased to see Gammon spreading knowledge about modular synthesizers and encouraging people to play with instruments they may not have even heard of before.

The workshops start with the very basic terms and guides the participants all the way to be able to play freely and improvised on modular synthesizers. The participants work independently, max. in groups of 2, on the Modular Synthesizer. They are thus directly involved in the process of creating the sounds and are responsible for their individual sound design.
Fundamental knowledge about electronic sound generation is imparted in the “hands-on” process. Ten modular synthesizer systems are designed in such a way that the different configurations create an ensemble with different musical voices. The resulting sounds are the basis for a joint composition, which is recorded with a graphic notation and then played live.
Working with an analog modular synthesizer not only conveys the emergence of electronic music, but is also an important basis for digital electronic music on the computer.

The musician and sound artist Gammon has been active for many years in the field of music and art mediation with various workshop formats. In 2013 he was awarded the international music mediation prize “Junge Ohren” and won the German competition “Kinder zum Olymp”. For more than a decade, he worked successfully with the Thilges3 collective on an international level. The trio used almost exclusively Doepfer‘s Modular Synthesizer for their installative performance formats.


These are the dates for the workshops:

Define Festival / Sønderborg DK

9. Nov. – 11. Nov 2017 /

Concert: 11. Nov 2017 – 18:30h – Sønderborghus



btzm / Bludenzer Tage zeitgenössischer Musik / Bludenz

16. Nov. – 19. Nov 2017 /

Concert: 19. Nov 2017 – 16:00h – tba



Roter Ballon / Grätzel Galerie / Vienna

24. + 25. Nov. 2017 /

Concert: 25. Nov 2017 – 19:00h



All around Audio / Symposium / FH St. Pölten

29. Nov. 2017 /

INSTALLATION: 9:00h – 18:00h – Campus AULA

Preview for 2018

Cooperation Ernst Krenek Forum (Jan/Feb 18)


At SUPERBOOTH17 Gammon did these kind of workshop with a group of schoolchildren from Berlin, here is a short video about this workshop:


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