The free synth festival comes to New York this weekend.

Machines In Music, a festival focused on bridging visual artists, musicians and instrument builders, will pay tribute to modular synth hardware with newly announced performances by synth legend Suzanne Ciani and producer Alessandro Cortini.

The two-day festival, which is free to attend and open to all ages, will host events at two locations in Queens, New York: DIY venue Trans-Pecos and the enormous Knockdown Center warehouse space. It kicks off Saturday, October 8 at Knockdown with performances by Ciani, Cortini, modular synth designer Mark Verbos and the audio-visual project Tearing Light From Sound.

The next day, Trans-Pecos will feature a more intimate look at modular synths featuring manufacturers and performers that are still to be announced. 47 manufacturers are scheduled to display hardware and technology during daytime exhibits and discussion for both days, which will also include visual art by Ben F. Laposky, Sabrina Ratté and Beastie Boys live-visual artist Benton C Bainbridge.

Head to the festival’s website for more information on events and participating manufacturers.



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