Ladies of Modular

Ladies of Modular: Roundtable & DIY Workshop Join us for #ladiesofmodular!

This year we’re dedicating part of Brighton Modular Festival to women, trans-, and non-binary people. Co-funded by the Sussex Humanities Lab and the CHASE Feminist Network, and aided by Thonk, FACT/// and the Yorkshire Sound Women Network, we’re holding a roundtable discussion on women in music tech and a women/trans/non-binary synth-building workshop. We recommend registering via Eventbrite for the workshop because places will be very limited but you’re welcome to come along and see if you can grab a space for the talk! Introductions by Mimi Haddon and a panel with Paula Maddox, Alissa DeRubeis, and Loula Yorke.

Workshop with Loula Yorke

Alissa DeRubeis is a curator, educator, and improvisor based in Portland. Alissa works for 4ms Company and is a co-founder of the S1 and @Prague Synth Library. She brings her years of experience in the modular community to her passion of creation and exploration with the Synth Libraries as well as her own musical performances, which are under her name, or in collaboration with Yasi Perera in Quite Eyes of Air. More about Alissa and her work can be found at

Mimi Haddon is Lecturer in Music at the University of Sussex. Her research interests focus on genre, identity, and processes of cultural legitimation. She holds a PhD in Historical Musicology from McGill University. Her book, What is Post-Punk? Genre and Identity in Avant-Garde Popular Music, 1977-1982, is published by the University of Michigan Press and will be launched in February 2020.

Paula Maddox has been around the world of synthesisers for nearly 30 years. She started a company called “Modulus” back in 2000 to bring some of her projects to the commercial world. She then began working on DSP based synthesisers followed by smaller, pocket-sized hardware synthesizers such as the GorF in 2009. From there she went on to form what is now Modal Electronics in 2013. In 2016 she resigned from Modal and now, after a break, She’s back with new ideas and a fresh start with Dove Audio as my company name, with a firm belief in the three keywords of the company; Purity, Integrity and Love.

Loula Yorkɘ is a live artist and noise-maker whose practice dances in the space where techno meets leftism. Her primary instrument is a modular synthesiser housed in a roughly-hewn log. As one half of TR-33N, Loula has performed live at Glastonbury Festival and Boomtown, and had collaborative work broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Pronounced like a whisper, her debut solo album ysmysmysm is out now on Junted, Detroit.

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