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Alissa DeRubeis

Alissa DeRubeis

Alissa DeRubeis is originally from Philadelphia. She currently resides in Portland, OR, where she works for 4MS and S1. A co-founder of the Synth Library, Alissa enjoys teaching intro workshops, facilitating library hours, and making weird sounds with the modular. She is happy to help you learn, and especially to experiment. Alissa can most often be found patching resonant filters.

Felisha Ledesma

Felisha Ledesma

Felisha Ledesma is an artist and organizer based in Portland, OR. She is the Executive Director at S1. She is a cofounder of the Synth Library and Women's Beat League. Her focus is providing low or no cost access to gear and skill-sharing in a supportive, nontraditional learning environment. Felisha is new to modular, but is excited to co-learn and collaborate during library hours. For the past few years she has been focused on sound collage and noise as well as DJing experimental, techno, ebm, and beyond.

Thomas Fang

Thomas Fang

Thomas Fang is a sound artist living in Portland, previously based in Austin. After establishing himself as a DJ, he co-founded the Artificial Music Machine record label in 2001. Since then, he has performed experimental electronic music under his own name and as Static Storm System, and has collaborated with other musicians as part of Inversion Effect and the Bradley Telcom Ensemble. Utilizing modular synthesizers, vintage laboratory test equipment, handmade devices, field recordings, radio transmissions, circuit-bent electronics, and other non-traditional instruments, he explores sonic territory ranging from glitchy noise assaults to darkambient drones. Mr. Fang was also conductor of the Furby Youth Choir, a small army of modified toys which terrorized audiences at Bent Festival (NYC), Burning Man (Nevada), and events in Texas such as Maker Faire, Art Outside, Burning Flipside, East Austin Studio Tour, and Fusebox Festival. He currently builds synthesizers for Darkplace and 4ms, has worked for Synthrotek and Bleep Labs, as a co-curator for Church of the Friendly Ghost and volunteer coordinator for Austin Museum of Digital Art, and has taught circuit bending workshops for the Modern Aural Sculpture Symposium South and the New Media Art and Sound Summit.

Astral Tempest

Astral Tempest

Astral Tempest received their first guitar at the age of 7 and began jazz lessons until the age of 17. Interested in creating progressive house and hip hop instrumentals throughout their teens, AT found Sun Ra and Moog and began exploring analog synthesis. In the Synth Library Astral Tempest can help with everything from music theory to modular.


Zach D’Agostino

Zach D'Agostino

Zach D’Agostino moved to Portland from Boston in 2013. He studied Sound Design at Emerson College and Electronics at PCC. Primarily a drummer, he played in several punk/prog bands on the east coast and in 2011 began using drums to trigger oscillators under the name Don Gero. After moving to Portland, he started building circuits that would allow him to further control his modular synth. He currently works at Synthrotek and is most experienced with modular synthesizers, diy circuits and fundamental circuitry.

Ross Fish

Ross Fish

Ross Fish is the chief dork of Portland based Eurorack synth company Møffenzeef Mødular. When he isn’t hacking away at a chunk of code or tinkering with a pile of components he can be found in the graphic novel section of Powell’s picking up and putting back all of the books he will never buy. Ross enjoys well organized spice racks, chess opponents who are mildly aggressive but also painfully charismatic, sounds of heavy machinery, a properly made cup of espresso, the faint smell of a freshly painted house, rainy mornings, local access television, and poorly performed singer/songwriter covers by adolescents.

Jerry Joiner

Jerry Joiner

Jerry Joiner is a musician / experience designer / multi-instrumentalist living in Portland, Oregon. Jerry loves asking questions and makes art in an effort to understand the many possible answers. This curiosity has manifested itself in the form of a solo looping project called Girlfriends, working for software companies Valve Corporation and Bandcamp, and playing shows internationally in various bands.

Sean Pierce

Sean Pierce

Sean Pierce is an artist and musician operating out of Portland, Oregon. "One of the most fascinating elements of Sean's artistic principle is his absolute lack of propriety over his artistic work, which is a beautiful and radical approach. He encourages people to check out his set-up at shows to see what he's concocted. A performance is enjoyable in part because he's able to share information, for he believes a collective pool of idea sharing and advancements into how people think and what they're doing is 'really important for the creative community.'" -Zosia Rose Wiatr

Jon Simon

Jon Simon

Jon Simon arrived in Portland from Minneapolis in 2006, and soon after started the cassette label Ewe Of Now Recordings. Simon also runs a cassette duplication service out of his house. Jon holds a BS in mathematics and computer science from Portland State University. He has been a musician for nearly 25 years, ranging from emcee to beatmaker (Montgomery Word), and currently creates abstract techno with modular synths under the name "Disxiple_113". Simon has also been a tutor, mentor, and volunteer in local high school and after school programs since 2008.

Darcy Neal

Darcy Neal

Darcy Neal is a hardware nerd living in Portland, OR. She was originally inspired by the art of circuitbending, and began to create customized objects with a focus on interactive experiences. She enjoys circuit design and performing live with her devices. While living in TX, she co-founded LadyBrain Studios, where she developed commissioned interactive creations and taught electronic workshops at hackerspaces, galleries, venues and universities. She has been working at 4MS and loves sharing her knowledge about audio electronics. Her focus is directed towards physical computing and having tangible sensory exchanges with interactive musical instruments.

Jeannot Quenson

Jeannot Quenson

While studying under new media professors at the University of Texas, Jeannot Quenson gained experience in sound synthesis through installation and video art. Utilizing sensors and physical objects with MaxMSP/Jitter, he was exposed to the joys of combing art and technology. Tinkering away circuit bending, and jamming on drum machines, he developed a love for everything hardware. Since then he’s been working with 4ms Company, and is proficient in modular synthesis. He can also assist with Ableton Live, and general technical questions.


Hugo Paris

Hugo Paris

Previously working as an Engineer within Stanford's Gravity Wave detection team, Hugo Paris just moved to Portland to work at 4MS and pursue making experimental electronic music as Lavender. Hugo loves touring, making new friends, and sleeping in. His favorite pieces of gear are his Eurorack case, his Elektron Analog Keys and his small Yamaha CS5. His favorite places are the bakery and his hometown in the south of France. Hugo has a masters in Vibrations, Acoustics and Signal processing and worked for prestigious US universities such as MIT, Caltech and Stanford.

sidony o’neal

sidony o'neal

August 2016 - present

sidony o'neal is a writer, performance artist, and dramaturg based in Portland, OR. Her work is interdisciplinary— often synthesizing text, textiles, movement, installation, as well as sound and olfactory components. sidony has presented work in North America and West Africa. She has performed as a member of DEAD THOROUGHBRED, future death agency, and DELICTO. Her writing has appeared in Passages North, BATHHOUSE, and SPOOK among others. She is the translator of Prognosis: Descarga Poetica Decolonial (Quilomboarte 2014) and author of f a c e bowl (THE MINI CHAPBOOK PRESS 2013). sidony has held a Literary In(ter)ventions residency at the Banff Centre, Canada and was the co-recipient of two 2015 PICA Precipice Fund grants. In June 2016 she participated in a residency at Arteles Creative Center in Finland.

Samson Stilwell

Samson Stilwell

Samson Stilwell is a sound artist and musician living in Portland. He graduated from The Johnston Center For Integrative Studies with an emphasis in The Contemporary Lyric: Poetry, Sound, and Visual Media. He makes experimental, modular synth heavy music under his own name, as well as plays synthesizer for the Portland based band "Opals".

Ayako Kataoka

Ayako Kataoka

August 2016 - present

Ayako Kataoka is an artist originally from Tokyo. She works in sound art, installation, and dance. Her projects often focus on the realm of resonance, sound spatialisation and site ambiance; aesthetics and rituals in modern culture; and semiotics of movement improvisation. Her work has been exhibited, performed, and screened nationally and internationally at venues such as; Electrogals (PDX), High Zero (Baltimore), Opensignal (Providence), San Francisco International Arts Festival (SF), The Stone (NYC), Nowhere Festival (PHI) and Tokyo International Dance Video Festival (JP). Kataoka holds an MFA from Mills College, Oakland, CA, and is a recipient of the Frog Peak Prize.

Russell E. L. Butler

Russell E. L. Butler

September 2016

Russell Butler is an experimental artist and DJ based in Oakland, California. Originally from Bermuda, Russell has developed a process of improvisation that draws from a rich cultural of history rooted in their island and the black, queer diaspora.

Camae Ayewa

Camae Ayewa

September 2016

Camae Ayewa is an interdisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia. A musician performing under the name Moor Mother Goddess, she has toured in Europe and the U.S., and has performed at numerous festivals, colleges and universities sharing the stage with King Britt, Islam Chipsy, and Claudia Rankine. A soundscape artist with work featured at Samek Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art Chicago, and Everson Museum of Art, Camae is also a singer in punk band The Mighty Paradocs.

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten

July 2016

Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten exploded on the Scandinavian avant-garde jazz scene in the mid-90s. By 2014, after his move to the US in 2006, he has become one of the hardest working bassists in jazz, constantly touring the globe and having appeared on more than 150 albums both as a sideman and as a leader.