A festival of Knobs, Buttons and Discussions over 4 warehouse rooms in the heart of Bristol.
A full day and evening of synthesizer stalls, panel talks, live hardware performances, DIY modular workshops, Ableton Live workshops, Max For Live build sessions and the Escher Music Connection showcase.
We will have a full day of live modular/hardware sets in the "Old Marble Factory" area, whilst the "New Marble Factory" space will host the main arena to loads of our favourite synthesizer companies. Come and chat to the people behind the building of these machines and get "hands on" with their new bits of gear.
In the build workshop area, Bastl, Bubblesound, Error, Thonk and Patching Panda will be hosting a series of DIY modular sessions. These will be a separate pre-purchased ticket where build revenue will go direct to the company and you walk away with your own fully built module at the end of the session. Further details of each workshop and the specific modules available soon.
There is also a dedicated Ableton area where you can bring your laptop to the sessions. Ableton Certified Trainers will be running a "Beginners Guide to Ableton" session early in the day, followed by a "Building Your First Max For Live Device" workshop.
The Escher Music Connection Showcase will see Hodge playing a 2 hour DJ set of tunes made by Escher Music Connection group members. Come down to one of our monthly in-store Escher events hosted at Elevator Sound to submit your tracks. At the end of the set all artists who have had their tracks played will be part of a random prize draw to win goods by Novation, Native Instruments, Allen & Heath and Bladud Flies.
Synths & Talks 12:00pm - 18:00pm
Allen & Heath
Moog Music Inc
Joranalogue Audio Design
Future Sound Systems
Music Thing Modular
ALM Busy Circuits
Brighton Modular Meet
Rakit Electronic Kits
Set times for demonstrations, discussions, DIY builds and live sets are now live! Time to get planning what you want to see and when. Check them out here.
Well here it is, our final Machina Bristronica 2019 Festival poster! We are fast approaching the 4 week countdown and already 3/4 sold out.
Thank you so much for supporting our event. It has grown into something really special for us. When putting something like this together you never really know how it's going to go until way down the line. Thankfully we are well beyond the stage of disaster thanks to everyone that has supported what we're doing here.
All that's left is to release the final program detailing the schedule of the Talks, Live sets, DIY Builds and Demonstration areas. We are currently in the process of finalising and plan to release over the next 7-10 days.
So again, a HUGE thank you from all of us here at the shop, roll on March 30th!
Our "Pre-Book" DIY Sessions are now live! Follow the links below to reserve your space on one of the eurorack build sessions at Machina Bristronica 2019.
**PLEASE NOTE** There is a fair amount of information to be aware of for each session. The relevant details are explained on each eventbride event sign up page.
PLEASE READ THE FULL CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE REGISTERING AS EACH BUILD IS DIFFERENT
FULL ARTIST / DISCUSSION / DEMONSTRATION / DIY BUILDS
London Modular Alliance
Steevio & SuzyBee
Steve Davis presents The Utopia Strong
Hodge presents Escher
narrated by A Sagittariun
Covering branding, releases, surviving in an over saturated market, label chat and Bristol. There's plenty being discussed on this panel from these established Bristol artists.
Discussions and Demonstrations:
Allen & Heath
Mylar Melodies meets Steve Davis
DIY Build Sessions:
Patching Panda / Transient Modules / Befaco
Please note these pre-booked sessions will be approx 4 hours long and will hold a maximum of eight builders per session. More info to follow on these soon.
Hodge Presents Escher:
Hodge will be performing a 2 hour set of unsigned music from producers that attend our monthly in-store Escher Music Connection events. There will be a prize draw after the set for the producers that had their tunes played. Gear give aways from Native Instruments Allen & Heath, Novation and Bladud Flies.
Ableton will be running 2 workshops throughout the afternoon.
A "beginners" session designed to get you started with Live; building sounds, loops, sequences, FX chains and using the Push controller.
The later session will be focusing on Max For Live, showing how you can expand and alter Live for your personal project, idea or style. By the end of the workshop we aim to have built a simple Max for Live device with ideas of how to expand it further yourself at home.
These sessions will be on a first come first served basis with a maximum of approx 15-20 people per session, please remember to download the Live 10 Demo for free from Ableton and bring your laptop!
Novation demonstrate their new SLMKIII controller and how to reach different dimensions with their onboard integrated 8 track sequencer. Maximise any modular, synth rack or "dawless" set up with this new monster machine.
Allen & Heath:
Allen and Heath products are not produced solely for Djs. Their Zed mixers are designed to integrate direct with your current DAW systems. Come and see how you can mix their technology with performance and production with a full demonstration from the people behind these mixers.
Product Specialist, Anna Disclaim shows you how to transform your productions using Komplete Kontrol’s Scale, Chord and Arp features. This smart controller keyboard harnesses the full power of Komplete to create professional sounding music with any plugin.
PRS for music:
The PRS is regularly overlooked yet a neccessity to get paid for your artistic involvement in music composition and live performance. Come and meet Ashley Howard from the PRS, find out exactly how it works, how to register your music, how they gather your revenue and, more importantly, how you get paid.
Mylar Melodies Meets Steve Davis:
What more can we say about this. Steve Davis has held more world snooker championships than we've had modules!
His exceptional knowledge of underground electronica, psychedelic funk, Northern Soul and everything in between is simply unparalleled. As an avid collector of vinyl & modular synths, Steve chats with Mylar Melodies about his "Love of Hardware", electronic music, his influences and maybe the odd Hurricane Higgins story thrown in.
DJ Krust is renowned not only as one of the most important Drum and Bass innovators to have ever "really experienced" this cities musical change but his stand up, in depth production lectures are for those who really want to learn the psychology and mental thought process behind composition and production. From your initial musical ideas and direction through to personal inspiration and goals.
This talk is a must for any young producers who are serious about making music their career choice.
Join the Machina Bristronica Transmissions Facebook group for updates.
This year from Spain representing Eurorack Barcelona we have Befaco, Transient Modules & Patching Panda. Also appearing are Soulsby Synthesizers, XOR Synthesizers, UDO Audio, Brighton Modular Meet and our very own Bristol based Damaru Cases.
Full artist, build, discussion and demonstration line ups released next week!
Only a few reduced cost tickets left. Digitise your money and blast it through cyberspace for your entrance token.
When we put Escher Music Connection together in 2014 the plan was to provide a community space for unsigned producers in Bristol to share and discuss their music together.
The concept is simple:
On the last Thursday of every month artists bring their tracks down to Elevator Sound and get the chance to hear their music mixed through our Void system alongside other producers. This offers these producers the important opportunity of physical interaction with each other, share techniques, discuss their music and meet each other away from the boundaries of genre.
Escher have collaborated with Machina Bristronica to present 2 hours of unsigned music mixed at the event by Hodge.
To get your tracks involved in this mix simply come down and get involved with any of our upcoming Escher events (dates below), you’ll be added into a private group and from there you can upload your tracks for submission. Hodge will be selecting 2 hours of music from this pool of tracks for his “Machina Mix”. Of the artists chosen 3 will be selected at random to win prizes on the day from Native Instruments, Allen & Heath and Novation.
In order to submit your tracks you must attend one of the in-store Escher sessions. We feel it’s important to continue to support and nurture the community we have built. Any and all kinds of music are welcome, from freeform acid jazz to crispy jungle beats.
Our next Escher dates are:
31st January 2019 - 19:00
21st February 2019 - 19:00
28th February 2019 - 19:00
Please be aware 28th Feb is the last event for submitting your tracks for the Machina event. All tracks submitted MUST have artist and track name as the file name.
See you there and we look forward to hearing your tunes!
London Modular Alliance, Snooker/Synthesiser guru Steve Davis and Bristol's own "Future Sound Systems" Finlay Shakespeare will be joining a whole catalogue of live modular acts to be announced later this month.
Our first "Conversations with..." panel artist is Kahn from Bandulu discussing areas around Label branding, releases, and surviving within an oversaturated market.
Hodge will be playing a 2 hour set of unsigned music from producers that attend our monthly in-store Escher music events. Unsigned tracks can be submitted to the pool of tracks selected by Hodge by attending our Escher event last Thursday of every month and joining the group. More info shortly on the Escher event.
DJ Krust is renowned not only as one of the most important Drum and Bass innovators to have ever "really experienced" this cities musical change but his stand up, in depth production lectures are for those who really want to learn the psychology and mental thought process behind composition and production. From your initial musical ideas and direction through to personal inspiration and goals. This is a must!
Ableton will also be running 2 workshops throughout the afternoon. A "beginners" session designed to get you started with Live; building sounds, loops, sequences, FX chains and using the Push controller. The later session will be focusing on Max For Live, showing how you can expand and alter Live for your personal project, idea or style. By the end of the workshop we aim to have built a simple Max for Live device with ideas of how to expand it further yourself at home. Bring your laptop along if you want to get hands on in the workshops!
We thank everyone for the support generated so far for the event, tons of other info to be released over the next 4 weeks or so, but for now that's us.
We've invited a few more friends down to help us fill out the main room on the 30th, a few locals and some traveling traders from the lands beyond.
Artist info coming Jan 2019.
WE ARE LIVE
After months of planning we can at last unleash Machina Bristronica.
We are gathering some of the best in electronic music hardware design and the minds behind their machines for a full day of education and exploration.
This is just our initial launch with tons of artists, panel talks, distributors and production sessions to be released over the coming months.
Please follow our new socials for all the upcoming announcements.
However, for now jump on board and enjoy the ride.
Please be aware that some of the areas being used for the event will be on the upper levels of Motion (mainly the Discussion and Ableton sessions).
Unfortunately there are only stairs up to these levels and no lifts therefore not easily accessible for wheelchair users. There will be seats available on these upper levels.
Motion's full disabled access information here.