During 2018 I will be collaborating with Kim Bjørn of PUSH TURN MOVE to create PATCH & TWEAK: a new book dedicated to modular synthesizers, including those who create modules and those who create music using these glorious beasts. Modular synth pioneer and “Diva of the Diode” Suzanne Ciani will be writing the forward.
PATCH & TWEAK will include an introduction to modular synthesis, followed by descriptions of a wide range of modules including how they work as well as you would put them to work to create the sounds in your head. This will be supplemented by interviews with a great selection of module manufacturers, including Verbos Electronics, Frap Tools, Mutable Instruments, WMD, Make Noise Music, Intellijel, Endorphin.es, 4ms Company, Noise Engineering, Rossum Electro-Music, Erica Synths, and Music Thing Modular.
But don’t think this is just a hardware book! Gear lust is fun, but we also want you to be inspired to create music. Therefore, all that technical content is balanced with interviews with a wide range of modular musicians, including Hans Zimmer, Robert Rich, Bana Haffar (Modular on the Spot), Caterina Barbieri, Russell E. L. Butler, Ian Boddy (DiN; Red Shift), David Bessell (Node), Robin Rimbaud (Scanner), Hataken, Colleen Martin (Lady Starlight), Andrew Huang, Richard Devine, and more.
PATCH & TWEAK will be initially available through a Kickstarter campaign starting May 1 2018; it will ship well before the end of this year. The Kickstarter campaign will be your best chance to get preferred pricing on a special versions and bundles of the book. To be reminded of when the Kickstarter campaign begins, either subscribe to the Learning Modular newsletter below or to the PATCH & TWEAK newsletter on its own web page.
Videos, or Book?
I believe you will find this book is an excellent compliment to my online modular synth video courses: A print book is the ideal format to discuss history, list modules, and illustrate common patches; videos are the ideal format to show both your eyes and your ears what happens when you use certain modules in certain ways.
My recommended order would be to watch my original Learning Modular Synthesis course (perhaps in parallel with reading in the “intro to modular synthesis” chapter in the book), followed by reading PATCH & TWEAK. Then keep what you learned in the book in mind while watching many of those modules in action in my ever-growing Eurorack Expansion course. If you happen to be a Moog Mother-32 user, you can watch that course before or in place of my original Learning Modular Synthesis course.