Befaco is a platform of copyleft philosophy that has been created to support electronic musicians who wish to make their own tools. It is a collective centered on the diffusion of the "do it yourself" culture applied to the musical technologies and more concretely, to the construction of analogical synthesizers. It looks for to recover the musical techniques of the pioneers of electronic music to give them a new use from a current vision. This focuses on the recovery and reinterpreting of machines that inspire modern visual programming languages such as Pure data or Max msp.
Its main activities are workshops, the design of synthesizers, the construction of sound devices by order and the restoration of vintage instruments. Also worth noting is the web forum as a technical resource and for the Spanish-speaking DIY community. Over the last three years, they have created a large number of electronic and electromechanical musical instruments, most of them documented for use by the DIY community.
Befaco.org's modular workshop focuses on the dissemination of "do it yourself" culture applied to musical technologies, and more specifically, to the construction of modular analog synthesizers. Due to the modular nature of the device, the cycle is also modular and each one points to the "modules-workshop" that most interest him.
In the workshops each assistant builds a machine to his measure without the need for previous knowledge of electronics. To facilitate permeability and allow attendees to be incorporated at any time, all the workshops are "Free-choice" and in them one can work on the project that interests you most from the list of proposed elements.
In the same way, each person marks his own pace and can extend the construction of the same device during several workshops or do more than one. At the beginning of each workshop, all the necessary pieces and tools are supplied and a step by step manual detailing the assembly piece by piece, looking for an approach that facilitates the learning of electronics.