Cymru Beats 17 Cardiff modular festival

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This year we are charging a small ticket price so that the performers can get paid! The £10 ticket price will go towards their travel and accommodation costs, and gain you access to the fantastic Seligman Theatre where the performances will start at 5pm.

Cymru Beats, the annual Welsh meeting for modular synthesiser enthusiasts, marks its third year in 2017.

We’re heading back to Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff again for a day of electronic music and sound, but this year with an even better venue, Chapter's Seligman Theatre.

The first modular synths were developed in the 1960s by legendary US synth makers RA Moog and Co. and the scene received a major injection of energy and popularity with the invention of the “Eurorack” system by Germanys Doepfer Musikelektronik in the 90s. The backlash against the computer and software, and the rush back to electronic analogue hardware is still exploding today.

As well as niche specialists there are many mainstream artists who have discovered the joy of the modular – including Depeche Mode, Coldplay, Lloyd Cole and Radiohead.

The evening performances will see some truly great and talented British electronic musicians and sound sculptors.

This year we are charging a small ticket price so that the performers can get paid! The £10 ticket price will go towards their travel and accommodation costs, and gain you access to the fantastic Seligman Theatre where the performances will start at 5pm.

 We’re incredibly proud to announce this fantastic lineup of performers…

Mylar Melodies

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“enjoys 80s electro and understated melodies that make the skin slide off your face.”

Mr Melodies has risen to fame in the world of modular by his nicely produced, informative and amusing videos on YouTube and for Future Music magazine. His Intellijel Metropolis mini documentary has been responsible for many people having overdrawn bank accounts.

Come and meet the mysterious and elusive face (if it hasn’t melted off) behind so many of the best Eurorack module videos and experience a rare performance from the Mylar himself...

Nigel Mullaney & Ian Boddy

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Ian Boddy and Nigel Mullaney have been musical partners for many years both in Boddys ambient DiN label and in co-writing tracks for TV, film and documentaries for DeWolfe Music.

Driven by a passion for sonic exploration and live performance they are once again combining forces with a stunning analogue modular live show. Eschewing the safety net of using laptops on stage the duo will use a huge arsenal of modern & vintage modular synthesisers alongside sequencers and drum machines to create an organic, ever evolving soundscape.

Whilst the banks of analogue machinery, with their flashing lights and myriad patch cables, present a sci-fi like presence the duo, with all their years of musical know how, will be coaxing a very musical and emotional sonic experience from the banks of equipment. No two performances will ever be the same in what will be an evening not to be missed for all lovers of electronic and ambient music.

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Martin Dubka

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If you come to one of my shows, you have a 99% chance of seeing something go horribly wrong. But at the same time, I can guarantee you will hear new music that’s never to be repeated. The modular doesn’t make a single sound on its own so you need to patch it in a certain way to get whatever it is you want out of it. It’s like sculpting pure electricity into sound.

Record producer, composer, DJ and Eurorack aficionado Martin Dubka is a man of many talents. We're honoured to have him at Cymru Beats this year, get ready to get your groove on to his great house based modular performance.

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Wisdom Water

Spotted performing at a recent CV Freqs event the, 22 year old talented musician Wisdom Water will be showing off his natural musical abilities on his Eurorack system. Originally from Ukraine, Ivan is clearly a rising star in electronic music and has a talent for coaxing great sounds from his modular.

Dr John Biddulph

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Dr John Biddulph is a multi instrumentalist who's varied musical journey has seen (and heard!) him playing and composing jazz, classical and electronica. John has taken this experience into his most recent career as a consultant, working on a specialist autism and music program.

This year John will host a seminar and discussion at Cymru Beats 17 about music and autism from a modular perspective. We can look forward to audience participation, culminating with a performance from John featuring the beautiful and intriguing hand made electronic musical instrument, the Folktek Luminist Garden.