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Nerd Nite 84: Soul of the Machine

Free at the North Door

Wednesday Sept 14, doors at 7:30pm, talks at 8pm

Ambassador is on hiatus this month

Speed dating tickets are on sale now!

[ASL interpreters will be present]

Tune in any Austin radio station at this moment, and you’ll likely hear robots (or at least algorithmically calculated, synthetic noises) urging you to shake your booty.

How did we get here? Is it true that “drum machines have no soul”? If so, why is my booty shaking?

The answers are in this month’s talks!


“Drum Machines,” by Mickey Delp

We hear them every day, yet many people have no idea that they exist. The great beat in that song you love was probably not made by a person hitting skins with sticks. Mickey will tell us all about the electronic marvel that is the drum machine including a bit of history, a bit of technology, and a bunch of beats.

Mickey is the founder and Chief Inventor at Delptronics, where he designs and builds synthesizer modules and drum machines for a living.


“Underground Electronic Music,” by Andria Benet

A very brief review of underground electronic music from computer to dub, disco, tape, film, soundsystem, sound clash, scratch, electro, drum ‘n bass and more. Learn about some of the key figures and moments that shaped electronic music as we know it today.

Andria Benet’s interest in electronic music began in the late 90s after being invited to underground dance clubs and parties around the country. After earning her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, she moved to SF and found herself an unwitting insider to the early days of UK grime/dubstep in America. In 2012 she formed the award-winning electronic music and arts nonprofit Protos, and is currently writing her debut multimedia piece Ode.


“Charles Mingus, Saint Francis, and Search for the Divine,” by Owen Egerton

In Egerton’s “Charles Mingus, Saint Francis, and Search for the Divine,” Egerton will discuss Charles Mingus, Saint Francis and, perhaps, the search for the Divine.

Writer, performer and filmmaker Owen Egerton is author of several books, most recently This Word Now, which he co-wrote with his wife Jodi Egerton. He is also the host of KUT’s The Write Up and one of the talents behind the Alamo Drafthouse’s Master Pancake. The horror film Follow, written and directed by Egerton, will be released on September 30th.



Form a covalent bond before the show with nerd speed-dating!


Doors at 7:30, talks start at 8:00. As always, Nerd Nite is free.

Talks may not be given in the order described. Grab a beer and relax!