Workshop: "The art of creating analog music" Part I

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In a world fuelled by digital technologies, it is likely to forget that despite the proliferation of virtual scenarios the real world around us is analog. Hence analog electronics play a fundamental role. The workshop proposed is based on the idea that this analog spirit may attract students and young professionals, and allow to engage them in electronics and areas of interest to the IEEE Circuits and Systems society. To this aim an appealing approach is required. We have opted to using analog electronics to create music following a practical Do It Yourself (DIY) philosophy.

The workshop will be mostly practical, paying special attention to learning based on doing. For this reason, the theoretical concepts presented will be supported by simulations and well-designed hands-on experiments, leading to the creation by the attendees of a musical instrument called synthesizer. The synthesizer is an instrument that was very popular in the decades of the 60s and 70s, which is responsible for generating signals and combining them in order to create a large variety of sounds.

The aim of the workshop is to introduce students to the world of analog electronics, apply it in the context of musical synthesis, provide students with the concepts and basic tools for analog design, and put into practice everything learned by creating a musical synthesizer.

The first part of the workshop covers two sessions where theoretical aspects are covered. The second part will cover lab sessions.

There are no pre-requisites to join the workshop, although it is advisable to have basic electronics knowledge.

  Date and Time




  • Start time: 17 Sep 2019 06:00 PM
  • End time: 19 Sep 2019 09:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC+01:00) Madrid
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  • Public University of Navarra
  • Depto. IEEC- Campus Arrosadia
  • Pamplona, Navarra
  • Spain 31006
  • Building: Tejos
  • Room Number: Basic Electronics Lab

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The first part of the workshop will have two sessions, which are described below:

  • Session 1 (17 September 2019, 6PM to 9PM): An introduction to IEEE and the IEEE CASS Spain Chapter will be made by the Chapter chair. Then the basic concepts of music and synthesis will be shown. To understand the performance of an analog synthesizer, a free application named MinimogueVA that emulates an analog synthesizer, will be used. This application can be downloaded at this URL:
  • Session 2 (19 September 2019, 6PM to 9PM): Basic concepts of analog electronics will be taught and will be put into practice using the LTSpice circuit simulator. This simulator can be downloaded at this URL: