Jason Lim was one of several students selected to travel with Berklee’s Interdisciplinary Arts Institute Ensemble to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil in July 2014. The trip included an exchange at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), where BIAI members collaborated with UFBA students and share their research in interdisciplinary production, modular synthesizer design, and interactive music apps, and culminated in a concert at the 3rd Bahia Biennale at the Goethe-Institut theater. Read more with our student blog posts from Brazil, view photos from the trip, or read the official press releases in English and Portuguese.
Monday 14th July. Day one in Bahia after arriving the previous night. We met Christiano Figueiró, the faculty member who leads the body of students we were collaborating with. First step was to source power adapters so we could use our computers and instruments. My biggest concern on arrival was whether or not I would even be able to power my modular synth. I own a Doepfer A-100 case with a PSU suited for US 110 volts AC standard. During my layover in Sao Paulo I noticed that many power sockets in and around the airport were 220 volts, which set alarm bells ringing! Thankfully the region of Salvador uses 110V as standard so I just needed a socket adapter.