CatSynth started from an off-hand comment at E-MU systems in 2006 when someone suggested to Amanda Chaudhary that she start a “website about cats and synth.” A few days later, she posted a photo of her cat Luna with a Novation keyboard and the rest, as they say, is history. Amanda initially posted a mixture of cats, music, and other random things, not expecting there would be such a wealth of cat-and-synth pictures out there. Today, people from all over the world contribute pictures of their cats to the blog via Facebook, , Instagram and other channels.
Amanda also used the blog to chronicle her musical adventures as a performer and listener, and after moving to San Francisco began to review music and art events more frequently. The reviews have become a major part of the blog and one of the ways CatSynth has become known in the community.
Amanda has a strong interest in visual art and photography, which makes its way into CatSynth through both reviews and the Wordless Wednesday feature. As for the “fun with highways” series, it’s just a weird thing she likes to do.
<Luna is the feline star of CatSynth. Originally adopted by Amanda in 2005, she has been a part of the site since its inception. She likes to spend time in the studio and occasionally deigns to show curiosity about the gear. But mostly she enjoys playing, relaxing, and giving and receiving affection.
Amanda Chaudhary is a composer and performer specializing in contemporary and electronic music; an artist; and a developer of advanced software for creativity. She performs regularly around the Bay Area and beyond, both solo and with various bands and ensembles. Her solo work involves experimenting with innovative sounds via analog synthesis and custom software with computers and mobile devices for new modes of expressive musical performance. She often incorporates folk and toy instruments from around the world, along with jazz, dance music and other idiomatic styles into her visually captivating performances.
Her ensemble projects includes Reconnaissance Fly, an art-pop band and composers collective; Pitta of the Mind, an experimental music-and-poetry duo with Maw Shein Win; and Surplus 1980, a Bay Area post-punk band. As a board member and curator for Outsound Presents, she is a supporter of emerging artists in new and experimental music.
In addition to her musical work, Amanda maintains a deep interest in modern and contemporary art in several media as a creator, consumer and supporter. Her photography has appeared in solo and group shows as well as art publications.