Synth-building for beginners

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Learn how to make electronic instruments in this one day workshop.

What to expect

Gain an understanding of the practices and technologies behind electronic music in this musical hardware workshop.

A brief introduction to electronics theory is followed by some hands-on circuit prototyping and experimentation. Learn about component types and functions, reading schematics, breadboard prototyping, synthesiser building blocks and functionality, before building a prototype synthesiser to take home at the end of the day.

This workshop is suitable for beginners. All materials for the workshop are provided and can be kept by participants for further experiments.

Tom Richards at Focal Point 2017. Photo by Thomas Lock.

Tom Richards at Focal Point 2017. Photo by Thomas Lock.

Tom Richards at National Theatre 2018.


Tom Richards

Tom Richards is a musician, sound designer, artist, researcher and instrument maker working between sonic art, sculpture, film and music. He has performed and exhibited widely in the UK, as well as internationally, including at Tate Britain, Fabric, Barbican, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Spike Island. In 2018 he completed his PhD on the work of Daphne Oram, founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

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Background image | Tom Richards at National Theatre 2018.