10:30 am - 6:30 pm

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SYNTHFEST UK – Now in its 3rd year !
The biggest synthesizer event of its kind returns to the Octagon, Sheffield.
Tickets On Sale Now.
£10 Early Bird / £15 on the door
Over 50 leading manufacturers will be exhibiting at the event including Yamaha, Akai, Korg, Roland plus many Eurorack modules.

Top retailers including Rich Tone Music, Rubadub, Red Dog and KMR Audio will be at the show stocking a wide range of synths and related products, all ready for you to buy and walk away with on the day.

Last year’s Meet featured some incredibly rare synthesizers, plus unique modules and experimental creations from talented electronics designers. There will be more of the same this year. Keep an eye on our web site throughout the summer for more announcements.

Due to many of last year’s seminars being full to beyond seating capacity, we’ve booked a larger room this year and brought back Martyn Ware and the Dr Who talk by popular demand.

The Trautonium – Early synth from 1929
James Worthington will talk about this almost forgotten instrument from the early German electronic scene. The talk will feature a live demonstration on what may be the only example in the UK.

Deconstructing the Dr Who Theme
BBC Radiophonic Workshop archivist Mark Ayres will talk about how the theme was created by Delia Derbyshire using tape in the 1960s.
(Back by popular demand)

Martyn Ware
Heaven 17 and Human League founder Martyn Ware will present a talk at SynthFest UK about his passion for synthesizers.
(Back by popular demand)

Sound Synthesis using Residuals
Martin Russ, creator of the ‘Residuals’ approach to synthesis, will give a demonstration of this pioneering method of deconstructing sampled instrument sounds.

Delia Derbyshire
Caro C (project manager of Delia Derbyshire Day) will talk about the late great electronic music composer from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop using examples of her working notes and audio clips from the Delia Derbyshire Archive.

Mars By 1980! The Story of Electronic Music
Author David Stubbs, known for his previous book on Kraftwerk, will talk about his new book covering the earliest of avant-garde sound making machines to current electronic music performers.

VIP Roundtable Discussion
Guests include Richard Barbieri (ex Japan and Porcupine Tree), Katia Isakoff Altersonic, Elizabeth Bernholz of Gazelle Twin and late 1960s synth musician David Vorhaus of White Noise fame.

Note: Seminars are unreserved and seating is on a first-come basis.
See website for full details.

Just getting started with Eurorack? Or not sure about which keyboard synth might be a good choice? Drop in and talk to the experts at the SOS Help Desk for free advice.

SynthFest UK has been created by Sound On Sound to showcase Analogue, Digital, Modular and Software Synthesizers. In partnership with the Sensoria Festival of Music/Film/Digital Media.



  • Sensoria are programming a series of events around SynthFest UK. Tickets now on sale for 2 events on Saturday 6 October – Will Gregory Moog Ensemble at Trafalgar Warehouse (7pm) followed by XFRMR by Robbie Thomson at University of Sheffield Drama Studio (9pm).


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