Sarah Belle Reid, Performer – Composer

Sarah Belle Reid Modular Synthesis

Most of our guests are hard to pigeon-hole, but none moreso than Sarah Belle Reid. We delve into Sarah’s fascinating work in modular synthesis, composition and even take a few detours into academia and virtual reality. If you’ve ever thought about learning or jumping into modular synthesis, Sarah has some great guidance as well.

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Discussion topics covered during the show (links will open in new tab):  

Sarah’s musical upbringing

Learning trumpet and piano classicly and the transition to experimental / electronic music

Dealing with anxiety and ‘stage fright’ in performance

Discovering and loving modular synthesis

The Serge modular synth

The challenge of learning modular synthesis

Learn more about the MIGSI (Minimally Invasive Gesture Sensing Interface) 

Group education and mentoring of synthesis students (you can check out Sarah’s course here)

Dealing with doubts about musical training and ability 

Not getting caught up in genre

The Imaginative Listening Project

Sonic Meditations by Pauline Oliveros

The Postcard Project

An esoteric discussion on virtual spaces, music and future predictions

Alternatives to musical notation

Sarah’s own creative output – check out Sarah’s discography here

Virtual modular synth platform: VCV Rack

Sarah’s free VCV Rack course

Tag a Keyboard Player: Todd Barton

Desert Island Discs: Self-titled – Doc Cheatham and Nicholas Payton, Not In Our Name – Charlie Haden, Electronic Works 1958-1995 – Else Marie Pade

Pimp your Band T-Shirt: Spit

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