Modular Houston

Next Event: meet-and-greet

Our next event is Saturday, August 20th 2022 at Emmitt's Place (4852 Benning Dr.) from 4pm-7pm. Tickets free on Eventbrite, not required if you come last minute but helps us plan and show our sponsors our event sizes.

The event is a time to look at and show off your gear. Mini-speakers and/or headphones recommended. Extra tables are always appreciated if you can bring one.

The last portion of the event will be a listening session, open for anyone to play a track. Please make sure your music is available either online or on an iPhone or 3.5mm output device.

Compilation Album

Modular Houston is doing a compilation album and we would like you to submit your track for consideration! The album will be released digitally on all major services. If there is enough interest, we can fund a pressing of a 180gm very nice 12" as well.

Important: because we are releasing this as Modular Houston, we need you to submit tracks that you HAVE NOT published as copyright material and that you DO NOT intend to publish in the future. If there are any proceeds from the project, they will go strictly to fund Modular Houston. You are agreeing to gift Modular Houston the rights to use the track you submit.

This form will give you a chance to upload your track (AIFF or WAV please). As long as you used some form of synth gear (modular, keyboard, rack, tabletop) in the production, you can submit the track. All styles are welcome. Hard limit of 8-minutes flat; do not exceed. All tracks will be auditioned and if necessary mild mastering will be applied, tracks will be somewhat levelized but average LUFS varies by genre so it will be tasteful.

Please note: only one submission per person. If for some reason you want to change your submission, contact us. If there's anything you think we forgot on the submission form, please let us know. Submissions are due by August 20th.

If we have a large number of submissions, we will conduct voting for the digital release but the aim will be to accommodate as many submissions as possible. For the vinyl it is inherently time-limited so we will also vote on what tracks you want to hear on the 12".

July 30th Neon Garden Event

Modular HTX was in full-effect with six artists upstairs and two outside. If you haven't been, we do this the last Saturday of every month at Axelrad. Retro gaming and craft beer, live music, what more could you want?

Vertigo Blue TM / @vertigobluetm

DomeHead / @domeheadeyes

Lost Cat Magnet / @acevedoricardo2016

OKHUMAN / @_okhuman_

HDSLAVE / @hdslave

In The Low / @inthelowstagram

Renku Corporation / @renkucorp

HTXEDIFICE / @htxedifice

Your local synth authority

Modular Houston is a community of synthesizer enthusiasts. We started in 2018 as a group just for modular synthesis but have expanded to include anyone who uses synths, noise boxes, drum machines, samplers, etc. We have events monthly that vary from meet-and-greet / show-your-gear, performances, educational workshops, and even dance parties. All styles and genres of music are welcome. We are 100% inclusive of all ages / sizes / genders / orientations / skill levels / experience.

Neon Garden at Axelrad

The last Saturday of each month is Neon Garden at Axelrad Beer Garden which features retro gaming on consoles throughout the venue, one or two mainstream bands and Modular Houston Showcase of artists, and of course plenty of great beer on tap. Sound and visual are in collaboration with Wonky Power Records. Starts at 7pm, music starts at 8pm, goes until midnight.


Slamazon Brainforest

Vertigo Blue

In The Low

Breaker

Performance Events

We routinely put on performance events outside of Neon Garden. Performers from Austin, Colorado, and SoCal have all appeared alongside Modular Houston artists. We have used numerous venues including Big Star, Dan Electro's, Wonky Power, Insomnia Gallery, Emmit's Place, Houston Piano Company, Brasil, Khon's. Events typically feature a wide range of styles and performers, with the only requirement that synthesizer(s) (or drum machines, samplers, etc) are used. It need not be modular, it need not be exclusively synthesizer. We are welcoming of everyone's music.

If you are interested in performing, even if you have played with us before please sign up so we have your info and can promote you.

Musik

OK HUMAN

Trovarsi and Space Racer

Rocketship Ajax and friend

Educational Workshops

We routinely put on or co-host instructional workshops. These range from an extensive talk on the usages of the Make Noise Maths module, the basics of modular synthesis and signal flow, theory of sound and synthesis, historical discussion of electronic music, DIY workshops for building modules and pedals, and more.