thu09dec7:00 pmthu10:00 pmOFF THE GRID - CICADA7:00 pm - 10:00 pm 19 Morris AveEvent Type Live Show,Off the Grid,Streaming

Event & Artist Details

FREE: Tickets are required for entry.

Presented by New York Modular Society and Physical Synthesis in partnership with Newlab. Live in person and streaming on twitch

Come support the BK-based modular startup, Physical Synthesis, celebrate the public release of Cicada, their new acoustic synthesizer!

Live performances from 6 exceptional and curated musical artists each showcasing their unique use of Cicada. Accompanied by live video Synthesis from Photon Bath and live DJ set by Alien Smoke. After the performances there will be a brief live Q&A with artists sharing their experiences and answering audience questions. Additionally, Cicada systems will be on site and available for guests to experiment one hour prior to performances (show early for a chance). Drinks will also be made available. 21+ event.


7:00 pm – Cicada open use
8:00 pm – Live Performances
9:30 pm – Q&A


What is Cicada?

Created with the help of wonderful artists from around the world, Cicada is a synthesizer that produces sound acoustically from various electronic sources. Instead of sampling or using digital or analog oscillators, Cicada converts voltage to vibrations in a mechanical oscillator positioned on a soundboard: achieving acoustic synthesis. The input can be any electronic audio signal (from another synth, or a computer, for example). Deliberately exploiting nonlinearities as a means of shaping tone color, Cicada combines the range and flexibility of an electronic sound generator with the tactile control and organic sound of an acoustic instrument.

Watch a Cicada demo from Oora


(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm



19 Morris Ave


Off the Grid

Off the Grid is a curated experimental music live streaming show run by New York Modular Society. Experimental music is difficult to define due to its highly subjective nature that often defies genre conventions. Rather than imposing limits or explicitly naming genres, we simply desire to encourage experimentation. We welcome everybody, including those who do not define themselves as experimental artists but would like to explore the more experimental side of their creativity.

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