Portland Synth Meet

Golden Retriever, Acid Farm

When: Sun., Nov. 20, 4-10 p.m. 2011

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The idea of a "synth meet" initially gives me nightmarish images of balding, longhaired dudes gathered in a dark corner of Guitar Center, trading grotesquely cheesed-out electric piano patches and Chick Corea Elektric Band bootlegs. Rest assured that the Portland Synth Meet—a free, all-ages affair in the Cleaners event space of the Ace Hotel—won't be anything like that. Rather, gearheads, collectors, and musicians alike will have the opportunity to geek out over the innerworkings of old analog machines and newer technology: "Synths of all kinds will be represented including modular and desktop synths, drum machines, circuit bent instruments, and algorithmic one-liners." What's more, Golden Retriever and Acid Farm will perform live sets. It seemed the synthesizer, for a number of years there, was primarily used to replicate—and in most cases, bastardize—existing sounds in the instrumental and orchestral spectrum. Thankfully, that dead-end attitude has receded, and today's Synth Meet will be all about inventing new tones. NED LANNAMANN

Price: free

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