- 100 units of soundsketch will be gifted to educational programs.
Audio arts organisation AFRORACK is developing an educational modular synth called soundsketch aimed at making sound synthesis accessible to students.
Run by Aaron Guice, AFRORACK's goal is to provide "children and young adults of color access to modular synthesizers and sound design tools" through workshops and seminars. The organisation has developed soundsketch to eliminate the jargon of modular synthesis. The system's four modules use a dry-erase surface that allows teachers and students to write directly onto the frontplate of the synth, erasing the "boundaries of language, culture and musical ability."
Reverb reports that AFRORACK is planning to produce 100 units of soundsketch to be given freely to educational programs in the US. It was developed in collaboration with Will Mitchell, Wes Curry and Ali The Architect, and companies including 4ms, Thonk, STEMModular, S1 Portland and No Merit. AFRORACK is currently looking for manufacturers based in the States—contact their website if you're interested.