Meet Austrian-bred (but German-born) producer, composer and musician Patrick Pulsinger. He is a huge but really awesome nerd when it comes to modular synthesizers, and here he is, trying to explain how it all works to a room full of interested people.

Don't worry: You're not an idiot. The video jumps around a bit and leaves some crucial points unexplained. If you don't have some background in how these component-based analog music systems work, you're not going to magically understand it as a result of this little lecture.

What you get a sense of, though, is the enthusiasm of the people who make art this way. It's contagious. [Red Bull Music Academy]