In February 2010 Befaco was created as an open hardware platform focusing on professional DIY musical hardware, materializing our previous electronic, musical and artisitc research.
Our main activity has been developing and publishing our own modular synthesizer system, nowadays migrated for compatibility to eurorack format. All this public research is published under CC-NC-SA License, so people can build all our designsin during our regular workshops in cities as Barcelona, Madrid, London or Berlin or download the schematics, and technical assembly guides, to make their own variations of the projects.
These workshops are a huge test playground where we can track each module being built by different befaco users, get direct feedback from them and quickly improve each section with new ideas, develop new modules, perfection existing ones or adapt these units to users demands constantly.
Direct contact with DIY enthusiasts allow an implication of users in the structure. Allowing them to design their own modules, reworking existing ones and/or adding new features of their own. This has developed into an incubation environment for new modular initiatieves, allowing differnet makers to start their own similar projects.
Befaco inititiative is possible thanks to the support of Hangar, an artistic production center in Barcelona, that has been supporting us since the beginning, without this support Befaco would have never existed in this way.
As part of this collaboration we have a weekly open public day where people can receive support on their sound art projects, work on their modular systems or any other sound related electronic project.