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DIY Electronics Workshop with Vaux Flores: The DOSwave

Saturday November 9 * Noon-4pm * $100 * REGISTER

Introducing the DOSwave – a pedal so new and potentially extreme that we haven’t even figured out the artwork to best reflect its character, leaving me no choice but to epoxy random items to the box for everyone's pleasure and amusement. But what’s it do other than deplete my supply of epoxy and declutter my potentially inexhaustible supply of random things floating around the house? I guess that’s a subject of debate. On paper, it was designed to be a spiritual successor of sorts to two previous VF boxes – the 23, which as a funky,feedback-laden octave up ordeal and the MossWave, which was an attempt to harness the wackiness of digital logic chips on the most analog way possible. Did I succeed? To be honest, I’m not sure – this box definitely tips the hat to both, but its less of a child of the two and more of a lab-grown mutant created from a swab of goo left behind after some sort of paranormal disintegration event. It is in short, pretty zesty.

But again, what’s it do? For those that don’t make musical purchases based on theoretical science fiction scenarios, it’s a lo-fi, high-gain, modulation effect that is able to provide pseudo tremolo chirps, metallic ring tones and high-frequency squeals all with the turn of a knob. Even better, the gain stage is voiced in such a way that goes from a subtle sizzle to full-on howling insanity for that part of your anthemic breakdown where all goes crazy right before the bridge. Because we all need that. Even better, it does all this courtesy of a digital inverter chip and another chip that was originally intended to be a telephone ringer. Is it transparent? Nope. Does it let your tone blossom and shine through? Oh hells no. Is it a clone of some random circuit used by one of those legendary rock gods we’ve all been raised to admire? If it is, it wasn’t on this planet. What it is, however, is a whole boatload of fun and even better, the only current way you can obtain one is by building it yourself under our kind guidance. Interested? Intrigued? Involuntarily salivating with no explanation why? Here’s the skinny:

The workshop will go from 12 PM – 4 PM and all materials will be provided. No prior electronics experience is needed and yes, you get to keep the pedal at the end of the workshop. Price is $100 and we recommend bringing a guitar or any other amplified goodies you might want to plug into your pedal for jamming and socializing once

complete. As with previous VF workshops, we strive to keep the atmosphere casual, informative and friendly – so feel free to bring a snack and a story and hopefully we'll all leave as buddies at the end of the day. For this workshop, attendance will be limited to 10 and a small VauxFlores pop-up shop will also be on-site for anyone interested in nabbing a box without having to solder it themselves.

Earlier Event: November 1
Tales of Horror and Dread
Later Event: November 18
Death Cafe