Machina Bristronica

A festival of Knobs, Buttons and Discussions, laid out over 4 warehouse rooms and an outdoor stage in the heart of Bristol UK.

Machina Bristronica is back for 2024, and now over two days! Better, stronger, faster. We have the technology.

Join us on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of October for two days of synthesizer stalls, panel talks, live hardware performances, DIY modular workshops, music production and performance training, DJ sets and the Escher Music Connection showcase.



Tickets for both, or either, days are available from Resident Advisor HERE

FESTIVAL TICKET(S) ARE STILL NEEDED FOR EVENT ACCESS. DIY TICKETS ARE A SEPARATE PURCHASE BELOW.

Roll up, roll up! All ye wielders of the solder wand, bedroom builders and hardware hackers – we’ve got you covered at Machina Bristronica this year! Join us in the DIY AREA where you can build top notch hardware with assistance from the designers themselves. With everything from desktop noise machines to eurorack modules and tape loop workshops.


>>LIVE BUTTONS & MACHINES________

For the grand return of Machina Bristronica Live Stage we’ve left no stone unturned on this smorgasbord of expert performance patchers, sonic scientists and sound system troubadours! 

An aural, optical and haptic feast running throughout the day where wizened synth heroes intertwine with a new generation of performers, experimental systems clash with traditional hardware and audio visual alchemy is conjured before your very eyes. 

You can find everything from sparkling synthetic electro, DIY kraut-punk rhythms, subtle shifting ambient textures, cable-laden modular excursions and everything in between! 

We’ll be taking a closer look at our live artists over the course of the week so keep an eye out for more info on each set.

The Live “Buttons” Stage will be running from doors right through to the end of the day on the Saturday 22:00pm and till 19:00pm Sunday, while the main hall closes at 18:00 both days. We’ll be rolling on through till Sunday evening with some thumping headline sets. 

Full live visuals all day long from our expert team and the highest quality lighting and sound from NSL. For those who can’t make it over we’ll be streaming the full day of sets on Youtube thanks to Dan at Insect Feet!

>>SATURDAY________

>>SUNDAY________



Pull up a bench outside the Machina Bristronica warehouse where you can find the DivKid Stage with everyone’s favourite modular aficionado, gear reviewer and all-round top bloke DivKid. He’ll be hosting interviews with top designers from across the synthesizer galaxy all weekend!

Serious knowledge to be found here, deep dives on the design process and maybe a few cheeky exclusives from this stellar lineup… 

// The Escher Music Connection Showcase sees DJ legend’s (to be announced) playing a 2 hour DJ set of tunes made by Escher Music Connection group members – a monthly producers meet up and listening session run by Elevator Sound. The showcase is running from 19:00 – 21:00

You’ll also find the majority of food/drinks traders outside with plenty of seating so you can take a load off while soaking up the chat.
And if thats not enough the Saffron Music crew are on the decks between the Divkid interviews all day Saturday with We All Play Synth & Bleep Klub hosting those Sunday slots.

Stage Times: Sat 11:00 – 22:00 / Sun 11:30 – 19:00


This year’s afterparty will be on Saturday 12th from 22:30 – late. Kicking off just after the main day time event finishes, ready to unwind and let loose after a day of synth tweaking and learning. Line-up and ticket release to come!

We highly recommend purchasing your tickets before the event as we cannot guarantee that tickets will be available on the day.












MYLAR MELODIES X VLAD KREIMER (SOMA LABORATORY)

Emotional Synthesis: The Art of Romantic Engineering

Mylar Melodies sits down with the enigmatic Vlad Kreimer of Soma Laboratory, the mind behind unique and esoteric hardware designs such as the Lyra 8, Pulsar 23, Cosmos, Enner and more. They’ll be taking a step back from the technical talk of op-amps and vactrols and examine the art and philosophy of synth engineering. An in depth discussion on the relationships between technology, society and the psyche; the process of design and how the culmination of many unconscious qualities can help us to channel new inspirations through chip and circuit.


More Than Machines with Imogen Heap, Kai Campos, Hazel Mills & Kim Bjorn hosted by Gaz Williams.

With special guest panelists and keepers of the breaks and bass:
Imogen Heap Music tech pioneer, sonic artist, producer, award winning composer and 2x GRAMMY award winner.
Kai Campos:DJ, producer and one half famed post-dubstep production/live duo Mount Kimbie (Warp Records).
Kim Bjørn Performer, producer and BJOOKS author of hardware tomes Patch & Tweak, Push Turn Move, Synth Gems, Pedal Crush.
Hazel Mills Touring musician, songwriter and synthesist involved with Goldfrapp, Florence & the Machine, The Moog Ensemble, Hannah Peel & plenty more.

The journey into making electronic music is never direct. The ever expanding pool of synths and equipment makes discovering the tools that best channel your creative vision often one of trial and error. In this discussion a collection of notable artists and experts share stories of the gear that has helped inspire them over the years.

From earliest introductions, to the forefront of modern music technology their collected insight is sure to shed some light on what makes a machine more than the sum of its parts. 


PAST & PRESENT OF THE “UK SOUND” with No Nation, Medis, Borai & Jabru hosted by Joe Muggs.

With special guest panelists and keepers of the breaks and bass:
Borai (Club Glow, Higher Level Recordings, Hardcore Energy)
Medis (Almost Nice, Saffron, 1985)
No Nation (Banoffee Pies, Big BPM Crew, Diffrent Music)
Jabru (!K7, Ninja Tune, Purple City, Losing Suki)

The UK has always done things differently. The many people from across the globe who’ve made these isles their home have nurtured a distinct sonic identity and kept people dancing across decades. But exactly how did we get here? Where are things headed? A panel of producers spanning the breadth of UK bass music come together to discuss the UK Sound; what it means to them, and where to take it next.

Hosted by author and music journalist Joe Muggs (Bass, Mids, Tops: An Oral History of Sound System Culture, FACT, The Wire, Mixmag)


On The Circuit with Erica Synths, Tinrs, Music Thing Modular & Beepboop Electronics.

Hosted by Finlay Shakespeare / Future Sound Systems

With special guest panelists and solderlords,
Ģirts Ozoliņš / Erica Synths
Monojack / Beepboop Electronics
Stijn Haring-Kuipers / This is Not Rocket Science
Tom Whitwell / Music Thing Modular

Synth makers of different skills sit down to discuss their work, from where they started, key inspiration and influences, to the challenges facing designers today and what their hopes are for the future making the machines we love.


Shifting Industries with Shall Not Fade, Ec2a & Pressure Dome.

Hosted by Nick Harris / A Sagittariun

With special guest panelists,
Kieran Williams/Shall Not Fade
Yushh/Pressure Dome
Dr Dubplate/ec2a

In an increasingly democratising industry the relationship between artist and label is harder to define than ever before. What does this mean for the future of releasing music? In this talk a panel of those behind some of the UK electronic music’s most forward thinking labels will discuss where they see the industry heading, sharing experiences and advice for both those looking to start a label and artists looking to release through one.


JOSE ANGEL CABRERA (VOSTOK INSTRUMENTS) W/ DIVKID

In this video Jose from Vostok Instruments joins Ben to discuss his origins, getting into Eurorack personally, building up the company and modules before getting into his latest module Atlas. There’s a lot of filter love, design chat and sound demos.