2018 Seminar Programme

To help us plan the number of seats required, we’ve included a poll on the Eventbrite Ticket Site where you purchase your SynthFest UK ticket.
All talks are free.
Note: completing the poll is not a booking commitment or a guarantee of a seat. All seminar seats are none reservable and you must queue on the day.

(We reserve the right to change the programme at short notice. No refunds can be given)

The Trautonium – Early synth from 1929 – 11:00 am
James Worthington, Ghost Money A.K.A. will talk about this strange and almost forgotten instrument by first looking at the early German electronic scene from which the trautonium emerged, including some of the more important personalities. How it’s invention came about at The Berlin Hochschule, by the desire to create new musical possibilities, featuring the involvement of composer Paul Hindemith, it’s inventor Freidrich Trautwein and it’s main protagonist, virtuoso and composer Oskar Sala. The talk will feature excerpts from old documentary films plus a live demonstration by James who will play what is possibly the only trautonium in the UK.

The Trautonium comes to SynthFest UK

Learn the history of the Trautonium — an early electronic instrument — at SynthFest UK, coming Sat, Oct 6. Expect clips from documentary films (like this one) and a live performance! Full seminar programme 👇

Posted by SynthFest UK on Thursday, September 20, 2018


Delia Derbyshire – 12:15 pm

The pioneering composer based at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop who create the Dr Who theme.
Caro C (instigator and project manager of Delia Derbyshire Day) will present a talk about the late great electronic music pioneer via the Delia Derbyshire Archive held at John Rylands Library in Manchester, UK. You will have a chance to see some of Delia’s working notes and other correspondences and listen to audio extracts from the archive.


Deconstructing the Dr Who Theme – 13:15 pm

In recognition of the 60th anniversary of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, official archivist Mark Ayres will bring the music to life and talk about how this iconic theme tune was created by Delia Derbyshire using digitised versions of her original analogue tapes from the 1960s.
(Back by popular demand)


Sound Synthesis using Residuals – 14:45 pm

Martin Russ, creator of the ‘Residuals’ approach to synthesis, will give the first UK demonstration of this pioneering method of deconstructing sampled instrument sounds.
This session will show a simple new way to creatively work with samples by splitting them into a ‘pitched’ part and a ‘noise’ part using a practical approach. Once a sound has been separated into two easily-comprehended orthogonal ‘residuals’, then rapid changes can be made to many normally inaccessible features of sampled sounds, using widely available conventional sound synthesis functionality. The live demonstrations of the technique in use will show how easy and intuitive changes can be made to sounds that combine samples and synthesis.


Martyn Ware A Passion For Synths – 15:45 pm

Heaven 17 and Human League founder Martyn Ware will present a talk at SynthFest UK about his passion for synthesizers.
(Back by popular demand)


Mars By 1980 – The Story of Electronic Music & VIP Roundtable – 16:45 pm

Author David Stubbs, known for his previous book on Kraftwerk, will talk about his new book and take us on a potted history from the very earliest of avant-garde sound making machines to current electronic music performers.

VIP Roundtable Discussion

Following David’s introductory talk, he’ll be joined on stage for a discussion with panel guests
Richard Barbieri (ex Japan and Porcupine Tree), Katia Isakoff Altersonic, Elizabeth Bernholz of Gazelle Twin and 1960s synth musician David Vorhaus of White Noise fame.

See What You Missed At The 2017 Seminars