What is sound, and how does it work? Answers to these questions can yield unexpected results when you put synthesizers and modulators into the equation.

Hearing, one of the five human basic senses is a fundamental principle through which we recognize, organize, and interact with the world around us. Sound is, of course, an indispensable component of the whole process, without which this kind of communication couldn’t exist.

But where does sound, the bearer of the information, originate? Which elements within and outside the sound vibrations influence our perception? And what massive infrastructure lays behind simple acts such as listening to music or talking?

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You can learn all that and more in a two-hour live lecture Sound Theory and Minimalist Modular Exploration narrated by VΓ‘clav PelouΕ‘ek, the co-founder of Bastl Instruments, a Czech producer of world-renowned synthesizers, eurorack modules, and other electronic musical equipment.

Their devices have become famous for their distinctive sonic qualities and quirky designs. Bastl Instruments build their products locally, and they even make some synthesizers out of wood, so expect a lecture full of fun twists and turns. After a brief introduction to the basics of sound theory, VΓ‘clav moves to introduce his synth modules and shows how simple soundwaves can become intricate melodies and harmonies when you play with their many attributes.

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In addition, the lesson serves as a tutorial to sound engineering, a craft that can result in outstanding musical pieces. Proof of that is VΓ‘clav’s – or Toyota Vangelis’, as he goes among the audiophiles – latest demo EP ‘VypaΕ™it se’ (Vanishing into Thin Air in English) that focuses on slow-paced, lyrical, and almost meditative ambient compositions.

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