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Now on its seventh year, WSK Sound and Art Festival looks as, erm, curious as ever. From November 5-13, performance installations, open studios, exhibitions, and visual workshops will take place in various locations around Metro Manila.


But the thing that caught our eye was the DIY Analogue Synth Workshop, happening on November 12, from 1-4pm at the Pineapple Lab.

It will be facilitated by Mark Rambo of Ram Innovations, a local dude straight outta Bulacan, who has been making pedals and stuff for the likes of Pedicab and Raimund Marasigan. Uh huh: if you’ve ever wondered where Raimund gets those unique keys he plays around with, or how Pedicab makes that one strange sound, well, Mark may be the answer.

According to WSK Festival Director Tengal Nolasnem, attendees will learn how to make an analog synth, or “learn how to create Mark’s bespoke one. It’s gonna be like a toy. You build something from scratch and listen to it squeal!”

He likens it to people preferring to buy furniture from Ikea and building it themselves. “There’s satisfaction of getting your hands dirty and having been part of building something, right?”

The workshop can accommodate up to 10 people.

If you’re a musician, a gear fetishist, or someone who just likes to build things from scratch, here’s your chance. Just remember, there are deep electrical engineering implications here. PHP1,200 gets you in, inclusive of materials, facilitator’s fee, and the toy you get to keep after! Register here.

If the workshop doesn’t interest you, perhaps the rest of the festival will. Check out the complete schedule of WSK below:


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