Coffee & Synths II … just happened

Thanks to all who joined the session. It was an absolute pleasure.


Coffee & Synths I. It just happened.

We did it. Coffee & Synths #1 just happened. Great fun! :)




Coffee & Synths. Questions & Answers


  • Musical styles? Any. Noise, Hip Hop, Electronica, Glitch, Ambient, Chip Tunes, Dance, Soundscapes. Any.
  • Should I bring my own headphones? Yes, please. I’ll set up a small headphone amp. So you’ll be able to adjust your volume.
  • How is this recorded? Stereo Mix. Simple.
  • Will this be published? I’ll post the sessions here and on the event page. There won’t be any further “release” without your confirmation. If you prefer to stay anonymous, no problem, please let me know.
  • No Laptops, really? Yes please. It’s all about pushing buttons and seeing what you hear and not hiding behind a screen. However if you have a device that needs a computer as sound source (e.g. Maschine) it’s okay to connect your controller and put the computer somewhere aside.
  • Schematics? Schematics, schematics …
  • But … why? Because we really need to make more music. And because it needs to be easier to jam out with people, especially with all these ultra mobile music making tools we now all own.

Note: Sorry, it seems like I have serious issues drawing chairs.

Coffee & What?! Read here. Join here.

Coffee & Synths I. You are invited.


Let’s combine the two greatest inventions in the world. Coffee & Synths! Bring your iPhone, OP-1, Animoog, Nintendo DS, MPC or any other mobile music device or app and join our open session!


Saturday afternoon, March 16th, 14:00 – 16:00 Agora, Kurz vor Eden Café, Berlin, free. This will be a one-time experiment. But if it works, we might do it again. Who knows.


All you need is …

  • Your portable instrument of choice
  • Headphones

Join the event at Facebook

How it works

We meet at the wonderful Agora Café, create random groups of 3 people per session, put headphones on and jam out!

Everyone is welcome. We are really all beginners, somehow.

Everybody brings their own sound device – this can be [insert endless list of mobile music making gadgets here] really anything that produces sound, that isn’t too big to fit on a coffee table and has a heaphone jack. We attach all devices to a little mixer so that everybody on the table gets the same mixed signal. Every session lasts excactly 10 minutes, then we form a new random group and repeat. Other people in the room won’t hear a thing, but the session will be recorded, so you can listen and share the sounds afterwards.

In detail …

  1. All participants meet at 14:00
  2. We form a session of 3 people, randomly chosen from the ones who join
  3. To avoid confusion, in each session max. 1 participant takes the rhythm/drums part. he/she defines the tempo of the session.
  4. We connect everyone’s device to the mixer.
  5. Everyone puts on their headphones and adjusts their volumes.
  6. Starting the clock.
  7. ||| Play ||| No Style defined. Noise, Ambient, Electronica, everything can happen. All live and Improvised.
  8. The session ends after excactly 10 minute. There will be a counting clock on the table visible for everyone.
  9. From all people who did not participate in the session, again 3 people are chosen randomly for the next one.
  10. Repeating steps 1-9 until it’s 16:00.

We do only 1 session at a time, so you will have some time to relax until it’s your turn again. But don’t worry. Agora Café is a cozy place to simply hang out, too.

Yes, ruuules …

  • No prerecorded sequences please. Everything is played live and improvised.
  • One device per session. Pick yours wiseley.
  • No syncing.
  • No acoustic intruments.
  • No cords. No hassle. Keep your setup battery powered and as simple as possible.
  • No laptops (on the table).

Questions? Post them to group, twitter or reach me via mail.