Build Your Own Acoustic Synth

The field of electro-acoustic sound is a deep well of exploration. With even a basic understanding of how to make custom instruments that bridge the organic and electronic, the potential for unique sound generation is huge.

In this session, attendees will be guided through the process of building their own self-sustaining acoustic synthesizer, made by one-string guitars fitted with a pick-up, a driver for string sustain and an amplifier. In addition, there will be a focus on digitally capturing audio from the instrument, analysing pitch and envelope data and using this information to further affect and control the sound. The end result should be an electro-acoustic, generative instrument rich in timbre and loaded with potential for physical and electronic manipulation. The workshop is held by Ricky Graham and assisted by Edwin Park.

Participants will need an interest in DIY electronics and basic music software skills. You’ll also need to have a laptop and headphones. An audio interface is advised but not essential. You can also bring your own metal-stringed instrument for experimentation if you so wish.

Please note that this workshop requires payment of an additional $50 material fee. Registrants will be contacted directly for online pre-payment.

Workshop sessions are for those with tickets that include Workshop and Studio Session access. Groups are small, and require prior registration – ticket holders will be notified via email when sign-up opens on October 16th.

Date & Location

IO Music Academy


Ricky Graham

Ricky Graham

Richard Graham, Ph.D. is a musician, former professor and CEO of audio technology company, Delta Sound Labs.