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Synthesizers, Workshops, Synthesizers, Performances and more Synthesizers!

Friday night is a party!

Hang out with other knobcon attendees, have a drink and catch gear-centric performances.

Gear, Gear, Gear!

Get your hands on amazing vintage pieces and the latest and greatest boxes. Monosynths, polysynths, modular and more will all be there.

Meet The Makers

Many boutique manufacturers will be on hand demonstrating and even selling the gear they produce.   


Friday: Live Visuals during performances

Saturday: Analog Video Synth Workshop


brownshoesonly is the business and moniker of Chicago creative Nick Ciontea, who works as an electronics technician by day, and focuses on synthesizer manufacturing and video art by night. Working around analog technologies, brownshoesonly creates textures and patterns lost in the age of digital media. Since the foundation of brownshoesonly in 2010, the client list has grown significantly and expanded into studio content design for international tours and festival appearances.

Clients/collaborators include: Alessandro Cortini, Austin Psych Fest, Bassnectar, Big Black Delta, CAVE, Chandeliers, Com Truise, Elusive Parallelograms, Excepter, Good Willsmith, M83, Michael Brown Design, Moss Folk, New World Ancients, Neon Indian, Oscillator Bug, Pretty Lights, Prince Rama, Psychic Ills, RadioEditAV, Richard Devine, Robert A.A. Lowe(Lichens), Songs for Gods, Surachai, The Big Ship, The Black Angels, The Earth is a Man, The Hood Internet, The National, Trash Audio.

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DJ Rad Eighties Bio

Friday: Performing Live Ambient House

Saturday: Linear Sequencing Workshop

Playing ambient house at weddings to psy-trance festivals, Suit & Tie Guy will only describe his sound as "delay, repetition and hazard" when pressed for more information.

2012 Knobcon Performance

Fast Cash Remix

Sequencing Technique Walkthrough

Friday: Performing Live on the Buchla Music Easel

Saturday: Buchla Music Easel Workshop

Todd Barton - Performing Friday and Leading a Buchla workshop on Saturday


After four decades of exploration Todd Barton is still delving deeply into the ever-expanding frontiers of musical expression: from his DNA derived Genome Music to his innovative scores for plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; from performances of Zen Shakuhachi Meditation Music to avant-garde music for electronic synthesizers and computers; from performing with luminaries of jazz and poetry to lecturing on music and composition from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century.

Todd Barton is currently a Consulting Artist for Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments. He is also Resident Composer Emeritus for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

His compositions have been performed by the KRONOS Quartet, Oregon Symphony Orchestra, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, the Shasta Taiko, and the Rogue Valley Symphony to name a few.

Barton has received numerous awards for his theater music including the ASCAP Award for Popular Music, Dramalogue Critics Award, and the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award. He recently received a Jeff Award Nomination in Chicago for his original score to The Oedipus Complex.

His music has been heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, Westcoast Live, and the Curve of Wonder.

Biography Extensions

Todd’s Genome Music has been heard and exhibited at the Smithsonian Insitute, the Carnegie Insitiute of Biological Research at Stanford University, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Graduate Art Gallery at CUNY (NY) as well as mentioned in articles for the Washington Post, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, The Economist and Wired.

Todd was Resident Composer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival from 1969-2012. He has composed music for the entire canon of Shakespeare’s plays twice as well as music for over a hundred classical and contemporary theatrical productions.

Besides the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Todd has created scores for the Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Folger Theatre and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Berekeley Rep, ACT and Intiman in Seattle, ACT in San Francisco, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

Todd continues to study zen shakuhachi meditation music which he began in 1989. He has recorded four albums: Tai Chi Shakuhachi, Mountain Ghost Breathing, Shakuhachi Ma, and Ro. His teachers include John Singer, John Kaizan Neptune, Matsumura Homei, Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin and Philiip Gelb. Some of Todd’s shakuhachi music can be heard here

Since 1979 Todd has been exploring analog and computer-based music. He currently is a Consulting Artist for Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments. In the Fall of 2013 Todd will begin doing concerts and workshops on the new Buchla Music Easel.

Over the years Todd has collaborated with a variety of jazz musicians and poets including Anthony Braxton, Zakir Hussein, William Stafford, Ursula K. Le Guin and Lawson Fusao Inada.

He has done multimedia and dance works with Suzee Grilley, Miles Inada, and Ursula Le Guin.

As a lecturer on topics ranging from the Symbolism of Muiscal Notation of the Middle Ages, Renaissance Philosophy and Muisc, to Music for the Theatre, Music and the Human Genome and Visual Music, Todd has been guest lecturer at the Smithsonian Institute, CalArts, Future Music Oregon, University of the Pacific, Cornish College of the Art, Seattle University, et al.

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Friday: Performing Live

Saturday: MIDI Percussion Workshop

Cory Flanigan 

An accomplished touring drummer who felt he needed to do "more," Cory harnesses multiple synthesisers under control of MIDI percussion controllers to play songs by himself with no computer or master sequencer involved.

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Feedback from previous Knobcons

As expected, a spectacular event

Learned a lot, laughed a ton, listened to good music, met great people and bought too much new gear. I have no complaints at all!


The whole thing was extremely enjoyable

I made more friends last weekend than I have in years that are in to the same stuff as me. Cheers to everyone involved in planning it!


Had a great time!

Even though I did not know anyone there, I was made to feel welcome and part of the gang.


Thanks for the awesome time everyone!

I saw tons of amazing things for the first time and met tons of cool people, not a bad one in the bunch!


Had a great time!

Learned a lot about modular synths and other gear. Enjoyed the "low-key" relaxed environment and the Knobcon staffers were helpful and very professional. Hope to make it back next year.


Knobcon was amazing!

Loved getting to try out the new and old gear. Everyone there was super cool, and I will definitely be back next year.

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