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Have you heard of the latest trend? Modular synths. All the cool kids are doing it, so why aren’t you?

OK, we’re just kidding — sort of. If you’re not an electronic music producer, you might not know that, in the past five years or so, modular synths have taken the world by storm.

What is a modular synthesizer, you ask? Picture in your mind’s eye a “classic” synthesizer — let’s say the Korg microKORG for example (http://www.korg.com/us/products/synthesizers/microkorg/) — which consists of a keyboard to play the notes and a bunch of knobs to tweak the kind of sound you’re going to get. (Getting very technical, but bear with us.)

The sounds of different synthesizers obviously vary based on the different kinds of components they’re built from.

A modular synthesizer gets rid of the all-in-one approach and instead, takes a Lego approach: a modular synth is built from various individual modules and components, … Read more ›
On Thursday, July 30 at 9:00 p.m., we’re teaming up with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival to host the official afterparty, featuring San Francisco native and DJ legend Mix Master Mike, for As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM, a new documentary about the life and tragic death of Adam Goldstein, better known as DJ AM.



Mike will be taking over the Public Works main room after an opening set by DJ Cyclofunk. Mike’s career kicked off way back in the early ’90s, when he, DJ Apollo, and Q-Bert began taking over the world, winning one DJ championship after another with their out-of-this-world scratching skills. In fact, in 1994 Mike and Q-bert were asked to stop competing — the competition simply couldn’t hang.

Shortly thereafter, DJs Apollo, D-Styles, and Shortkut joined up with Mike and Q-bert to form the Invisible Skratch Piklz, who singlehandedly revolutionized the art … Read more ›
There’s a lot more happening at Public Works than just top-notch dance music. In fact, one of our favorite things is seeing our usual crowd — the dancers, the techno freaks, the house heads, you know who you are — coming into the space on a weekday afternoon and looking around in awe at how the usual sights, typically swathed in darkness and flashing lasers, are reconfigured for something completely different. To that end, we’d like to shine a spotlight on a couple awesome events happening each month at Public Works that you might not otherwise know about. We invite you to come check them out and see more of what we have to offer!

Speechless offers up a playful twist on Silicon Valley’s love affair with the PowerPoint presentation: Every event features a cast of characters from different corners of the tech industry — alongside some professional comedians — and … Read more ›
Well, that was a success. Thanks to all of you, we raised $5,351, all of which will be donated to Sahayeta, adding to their impressive $143,532 already raised. We’ve just heard from Sahayeta that the money we raised will be used to focus on rebuilding schools and health clinics in remote areas that have been isolated and shut down because of poor road conditions. Amongst the many nonprofits working to benefit Nepal, we chose Sahayeta because they’re Bay Area-based and are owned and operated by immigrants and refugees from the Himalayan region, with a team on the ground in Nepal working to rebuild and reconstruct to prepare for the upcoming monsoon season.



To recap: On June 5, Public Works and the San Francisco Burning Man community came together to host a dance party fundraiser for Nepal in light of the deadly earthquake that struck the region last April. Many thanks … Read more ›
If you’re a fan of Public Works, you know that we’re fans of Burning Man. Since we launched a little over four years ago, we’ve worked closely with the Burning Man community, hosting events of all kinds. We’re happy to share details of two upcoming events that are hosted by the Burning Man community, but will appeal to everyone: killer music (of course), a wonderful fundraiser with amazing raffle prizes, and a cerebral Black Rock art-centric panel discussion hosted by SFMOMA!

Friday, June 5 — Burners for Nepal

This Friday, we’re hosting a very special dance-party-plus-more, in partnership with several different Burning Man camps and Sahayeta (http://www.sahayeta.org/beta/), a San Francisco-based nonprofit launched by individuals, immigrants and refugees from the Himalayan region to provide a support system for the Himalayan community.

 

First things first, we have a killer DJ lineup featuring:

Kevin Anderson (Desert Hearts)
Shiny Objects (Disco Knights / Up All Night SF)
Ben Seagren … Read more ›
Ahead of tonight’s live performance at Public Works, our friend Max Cooper had some words …..

 





1) Tell us about the music behind the Emergence live set. Did you compose new work specifically for Emergence, or does it comprise work from your back catalog–or a bit of both? 
A bit of both. I had some old music videos whose concepts fitted well into the Emergence narrative – how natural laws create the world around us through the process of the development of the universe and its systems, from star formation to the workings of the mind and all sorts in between. Because the concept of the show draws on a wide range of ideas as it moves through the epochs of the universes development, it encompassed some of my old music videos like “Gravity Well”, which was like the view from inside a black hole (that we fall into during the show as … Read more ›
‘Dirtybird’s first lady — born Jessica Phillippe — comes from a diverse musical background, and it shows on songs like “Coefficient” and “Say My Name.” Combining house and techno influences drawn from time spent living in Chicago and Berlin, J. Phlip is one of the beloved S.F. label’s most exciting talents.’

We’re stoked to have J. Phlip right here at Public Works this Saturday, alongside Simian Mobile Disco and Roman Flügel, courtesy of the one-and-only As You Like It. Click HERE for tickets!

Click HERE to see who else Billboard chose on their list.