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#63 Modular Synth Petting Zoo with Performance by Nasty Nachos
It's time for our annual (and super popular) Modular event. The front room of madelife in Boulder is perfect for petting zoos, so this year's modular event will combine both a petting zoo and more compressed lightning round presentation format. The musical performance will be a modular performance by Nasty Nachos, which features Alex Anderson and Matt Tanner from the modular synth company, WMD. Everyone bring headphones. If you own a modular rig, bring it along with extension cords and power strip. We’ll most likely have enough table space, but if you have a portable table, throw it in your car in case we run out of table space. *** If you pan to bring your modular, leave a comment below so I can get a sense for how much table space we'll need *** During group intros, I'll give those with rigs an additional 2 minutes of intro time so you can describe your rig and play a patch. I'll be moving from rig-to-rig with my portable Bose L1 Compact powered speaker so provide a 1/4, RCA, or 1/8" stereo pair for for patch demos. The idea here is to give people a taste of what you brought so after intros they'll have a little more context for what they are hearing as they check out everyone's rigs during the petting zoo. Once we get through intros we'll convert to a petting zoo format and switch to headphones only. If you don't own a modular rig - come on down with headphones and meet other synth fans and enjoy the petting zoo. SCHEDULE 7:00-7:20 Arrive, get name tag, consider a donation. Rig load-in and setup. 7:20-7:30 Meetup kickoff and announcements. 7:30-8:30 Intros + Petting Zoo. 8:30-9:00 Performance by Nasty Nachos 9:00-9:45 More petting zoo. 9:45-10:00 Wrap-up, load out. NASTY NACHOS Nasty Nachos is the ultra too serious moniker of duo Alex Anderson and Matt Tanner, both employees at WMD with serious synth addictions. The project exists as an experiment in improvisation mixed with preconceived sequences and parts to create a dance-able, energetic performance with influences from house, techno, and disco alike. They have been named a band to watch by Westword, 303 Magazine, and have gotten a few features along the way. With very little recorded evidence of these jams, it's just best to catch them live. WMD has released a bunch of new modules in the past year including some new announcements at NAMM 2018 that they will have on deck for the performance and plan to use for this performance. Alex started and runs (with the help of Matt and others at WMD) the Monthly event, Freq Boutique which is sort of like an open mic for synthesizer addicts. For the Rocky Mountain Synth Meet performance, Alex plans to use a mostly modular set up in an improvised fashion. WMD announced a new line of modules at NAMM 2018 to push their live performance driven systems to another level and Alex will be using each one of these in his performance. Check out this recent article about Freq Boutique from 303 Magazine here: Nasty Nachos will be performing along with a bunch of great modular synth acts at the upcoming Freq Boutique 12th Month Celebration, which is going to be on the Saturday directly after the Meetup, March 17th.


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The Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup - founded in 2012 - is the home of 630+ Denver & Boulder Front Range synth geeks. It was winner of Best Music Meetup ( in 2017 by Westword Magazine. It's a community where synth enthusiasts of all levels meet to:

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Each meetup features a presentation selected from a broad variety of topics ranging from reviews of new synths, overviews of synth technology, how-to lectures on synthesis and performance technique, and fun community events like Synth Petting Zoos, and Modular Synth Lightning Patch Walkthroughs. This is followed by socializing and often a performance by a meetup member.

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