Make a touch-controlled mini-synth with Special Guest Mroztronium!

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 03/30/2019

For this event, we are proud to partner with Martin Freeman of Mroztronium, from Rochester New York.  On Saturday, March 30 Mroztronium leads us through making a new portable touch-controlled noisy synthesizer. This device typically sells for $100, but we are offering a chance to build one of your own, and learn how it works, for just $75. all materials are provided and no experience necessary.

Pre-registration is a must – as these classes sell out fast!

**Registration for this event is open to the public!**

Here’s what Martin has to say about it:

Nice to meet you. I’m an instrument builder, installation artist and improvising musician that works predominantly with devices of my own design. I also teach workshops for people interested in building quirky and unpredictable electronic instruments and noisemakers. I live in Rochester and have been a part of the experimental/improv/weirdo music community here for the last 10 years. Two years ago I started Mroztronium, which designs, builds and sells instruments and other sound devices to other musicians and artists all over the world.

The Pipsqueak is a chaotic touch controlled stereo output noisemaker that runs on a battery. It can be built by beginners, even those who are learning to solder for the first time and don’t know anything about electronics. It is based on a wonderful integrated circuit called a Phase Locked Loop, which is a collection of smaller functions originally designed for frequency detection circuits in the telephony industry, but has lots of creative potential in the hands of DIY builders and tinkerers. In this circuit we cross-connect a pair of PLLs via copper touchpads that are sensitive to the galvanic skin response of our fingers in order to create complex feedback paths that result in complex and often unpredictable sounds. For advanced users or people who are interested in analog synthesizers, the Pipsqueak can also be used as an unpredictable CV/Gate source to control other instruments.

More information about the Pipsqueak synthesizer:

Here’s a demonstration video of the Pipsqueak:

As usual, the logistics: the workshop will go from 2 PM – 5 PM and all materials will be provided. No prior electronics experience is needed and yes, you get to keep this synth at the end of the workshop. Price is $75. As with previous workshops at Ithaca Generator, we strive to keep the atmosphere casual, informative and friendly – so feel free to bring a snack and a story and leave with some new and renewed connections. For this workshop, attendance will be limited to 7.

Learn more about Martin Freeman, and Mroztronium,  at

Listen to his music on Soundcloud:

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