In the beginning there was one
Last year, when I started building Eurorack
, what eventually took it's peak of craziness in building my own suitcase
, I got to know the great folks at Befaco
, a Spanish group of friends that started designing and eventually selling their own modules.
Back then, the NK
still existed as a venue and it was host to many concerts alongside the DIY workshops of Befaco
(taken care of by Florian Hanisch
When it closed down
, I had already spent some time at c-base
and found it to be a great place for synthesizer workshops (I mean, what better place for synths is there, but a space station? Well, maybe cats and
synthesizers at a space station!).
But wait, there's more!
Just how it is with the meeting of like-minded people: They tend to find more of a kind!
All of these people are most excellent, provide open hardware and I am very happy to now have them over at c-base
for doing their workshops!
Although everyone was pretty much destroyed from three days of listening to noise and talking to synthesizer people, they still managed to squeeze out a workshop day with all vendors combined! Hence, the "Überworkshop".
The suicidal machine
Then this happened:
Some short notes on the burning laptop:
- Laptops use Lithium based batteries. If they get too hot, they can burn!
- Lithium reacts with water (so don't ever spill water on Lithium or a laptop for that matter)
- Extinguishing the burning laptop with water worked here, because most of the Lithium had reacted already and the water took away the oxigen for the reaction (the burning). This could have gone another way!
- Burning laptops generate A LOT of smoke. Leave the room! (Your furniture is most likely ruined by now)
On Sunday, 5th April 2016 at approximately 19:27 this MacBook gave its life for a future without Apple products.
Poor Martin of Bastl Instruments lost his laptop (and I heard his iPhone died just a week later).
- Don't use Apple devices!
- Backup regularly!
Diego and Manu of Befaco showcasing their equipment.
did a nice set, of which I unfortunately only recorded beginning and end (the missing chunk is barely noticeably though ;-) ) due to running out of space on my Tascam DR-40
. Next time I'll be better prepared!
In return I don't have a picture of Martin Klang (Rebel Technology
), but hey... a nice recording will do:
it's unfortunately the same, although they played the longest set:
Dan Snazelle of SnazzyFX showcasing his equipment.
Dan, much more than the others, went into a danceable direction. Listen for yourself:
Jan Wilhelm (the Superbooth party machine) showcasing his equipment.
Jan Wilhelm seems to have been all partied out from Superbooth
(where he apparently did techno sets all day long), as his showcase was rather experimental:
As mentioned before, Simon Schäfer
(aka. der Warst
) popped by, when everything was nearly over and introduced his magnificent multi-use telephone:
All in all the event prooved to be great fun, but also meant a lot of work and little sleep. Not something one organizes on a weekly basis (I hope).