Synthesizers in the Library Event at Ferndale Library March 24

Synthesizers in the Library Event at Ferndale Library March 24

FERNDALE, MI. — Synthesizers are coming back to the Ferndale Library this Spring.  Local musician Henry Birdseye’s lifelong fascination with analog synthesizers kicked into high gear later in his life and he’s spent the last couple years introducing audiences at libraries to the intricacies and endless possibilities of generating and harmonizing electronic signals into “a new kind of music.”  Ferndale Library’s first “Synthesizers in the Library” event was last summer, but when Birdseye brings his elaborate, polychromatic-wired music-making machine back on Sunday, March 24th, he’ll be joined by another pioneering synth-centric composer, Steve Greene (of the local synth-rock band Voyag3r).

Greene and Birdseye will bring their respective synthesizer rigs in to the library’s Community Room to celebrate the magic/science of transferring audio signals into celestial melodies, be it digital processors or analog circuitry! There will be some moderated Q&A with the synth-wizards hosted by local music journalist Jeff Milo, followed by a trippy and transcendent jam session. After some musical improvisation, the program can become interactive, with audience Q&A and a chance for attendees to get a closer look at the keyboards and components.

But that’s not all! Vintage King Audio, a Ferndale-based supplier of professional grade audio recording equipment, live sound, post production and musical instruments, will be providing the library with a synthesizer to giveaway to 1 lucky raffle-ticket holder in attendance.

Birdseye’s enthusiasm for the world of synthesizer music is infectious.  If you think that electronic music isn’t your thing, it’s likely you’ll be switched on with Birdseye as your informative guide. His passion to give these musical presentations heightened when a heart attack in 2012 effectively underlined an imperative to utilize his golden years to the fullest. For Birdseye, that meant curating his collection of synthesizers for educational and interactive purposes. He instructed 8th graders a few years ago during a Summer Camp at Henry Ford/Greenfield Village, and then went on to present at the Maker Faire, where he became more enmeshed in the culture of analog synthesizers.

Greene, an electronic composer and producer, released his first solo album, ELECTRONIC DREAMS FOR A HOLOGRAPHIC EXISTENCE, last winter, an all-hardware, all-analog instrumental, synthesizer-driven album that was followed up on March 15th with DISTANT TRANSMISSIONS, the first installment of a series where Greene travels to a remote location and sets up a minimal synth and recording rig. You can ask Greene about the creation process for that album AND MORE at “Synthesizers In The Library,” March 24th.

Synthesizers In The Library RETURNS
Sun., March 24, 2pm-4pm
222 E 9 Mile Rd
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