The Minimoog Project
Workshop Sebastian Berweck
Workshop with selection process (Call for Sketches & Concepts, Deadline: 15 December 2019)
Tutor: Sebastian Berweck
Workshop dates: 20.07.–23.07.2020
Workshop times: 10.00–13.00 on all four days
Possible number of active participants: 8 composers and an according number of performers
Open to listeners: Yes
Participants: Composers (selected from Call for Sketches & Concepts, registered for composition) and performers (having signed up before, see below)
Prerequisites for participation / tech requirements (to be brought by the participants): Possibility to compose for the instrument / perform on the instrument. Here is what you need: either an original Minimoog or the Moog Reissue or the very cheap analogue clone by Behringer, the Behringer Model D. However, you can also use some very good software: the Moog Minimoog app for the iPad or the Monark by Native Instruments. Please do not use the software clones by Arturia, GMedia, Creamware or U-He, they differ too much from the real thing. If you are using software, please remember that we would want to stick to the original instruments which basically means: no fast switching from one preset to another.
Besides the instrument you should bring your own devices (effect machines/controllers).
Application deadline for composers: ⚠️ 15 December 2019
The Moog Minimoog is probably the most iconic instrument of the last 50 years and defined the synthesizer as we know it. It has a distinct but varied sound and can be heard in countless recordings of the last 50 years – Giorgio Moroder, Pop Corn, Wendy Carlos, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Daft Punk, Nine Inch Nails, Sun Ra, Kraftwerk, Michael Jackson, Parliament and many others have used the Minimoog in their music. It would actually be more apt to ask who didn’t use it. However, for one reason or another it just doesn’t appear in contemporary classical music. The Minimoog Project wants to change that.
We’re looking for composers who want to write for the Moog Minimoog and we’re looking for performers who want to play the Minimoog. The Minimoog is not a complicated instrument; in fact it’s quite simple for an electronic instrument. The Minimoog is a very expensive instrument, though, but there’s a solution for this: the Behringer Model D is a very affordable clone of the Minimoog and the sound is spot on. All you need is a 300 $ Behringer Model D (buy second hand for a better price or borrow one from a rock star friend or ask the electronic studio of your university) and a MIDI keyboard (USB or classic 5-pin).
The Minimoog can be augmented in two ways: by attaching controllers to it and by attaching effect units to it. The simplest way would be to attach a larger keyboard to it, but a breath controller, an MPE device like the Roli Rise or any kind of sensors will work, too. In fact you can attach it to the power grid or a toaster as long as there’s current flowing. The sound can be altered by the usual effects devices such a Flanger, Reverb, Wha-Wha, Eurorack Modules or whatever you want to plug the Minimoog into. And the best thing is that it can be rerouted back into the device for endless feedback loops if you wish.
If you need technical help we’re here to help you while preparing, while writing, while setting up, while practicing until we meet in Darmstadt. Via Skype, E-mail, telephone, whatever suits you. What we will try to do is pair composers and performers so that everybody has somebody who will play their piece and everybody have a piece to work on. In Darmstadt, we’ll all meet, practice, discuss and play the pieces in a friendly, supportive and collaborative way. And after Darmstadt we have compositions for the Minimoog that can be played and recorded in concerts everywhere.
The eight scores/pieces must be finished by ⚠️ 1 May 2020 and will be distributed to the performers.
Required material from composers:
- Applicants can e-mail a PDF sketch of a (short) new composition for this workshop or a short text explaining the planned composition.
- The application should also include a short CV and all further information related to the project.
Applicants are requested to merge all documents into ONE SINGLE PDF file (LASTNAME_Firstname_Minimoog_2020.pdf) and e-mail it by 15 December 2019 to:
Please note that we cannot consider any remarks, links, or information outside the PDF!
If you have sound or video files, please upload them on a cloud and provide the link in the PDF, thank you!
All applicants will be notified before 22 January 2020 (start of the booking period). Composers accepted for the workshop will be given priority during registration and online booking for composition.
No selection process for performers, but “first come, first served”. Summer course participants will be informed by the end of April how to sign up.
If you have questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org!