Virtual Workshop #8 | Know V.A.

During the current Covid-19 crisis we’ve been hosting a series of free virtual workshops in collaboration with SAE Institute Amsterdam

With these workshops we are bringing a bunch of different music producers and artists together and putting everyone a bit out of their comfort zone by throwing them a curve ball sample pack of archival sounds. We like teaching people new things and we love hearing what you make, even if you think it’s not good (it is good!).

For this workshop we invite back our past collaborators and contemporary gabber forerunners, Know V.A.. It’s hard to find an artist more applicable to soundtrack these times than Know V.A.. Their party series, Strange Days, has been instrumental in The Netherlands for furthering the future sound of hardcore and gabber. Their eponymous 2019 EP on Signal Life, tells a story about a disintegrating world in which its inhabitants are paralyzed by the weight of impending doom. Whether it’s global warming, a potential nuclear war or a crumbling society.

In this workshop they’ll walk us through their unique, experimental sound that’s driving the modern gabber genre and as always, Torgue will show how you can use archival field recordings to create your own apocalyptic soundscapes.

The workshop will focus on the basics of sound design, turning archive field recordings into kicks, snare, synths, pads, patterns etc. and artistic approaches to composing for moving image. Come learn new things and share your approaches and experiences with artists from around the world.

Time and Date: June 21st, 12:00 CET

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Some practical info:

-The instruction will be given primarily in Ableton but the rules and theory of sound design are widely applicable to most DAWs.

-The workshop will be conducted via ZOOM. You will receive a URL, meeting code and password to be able to to join. You can download ZOOM at:

-The workshop will last roughly 90minutes.

-We’re still working out the kinks with the virtual workshop so we also ask that you have patience and an open mind!