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Happy Gotcha Day, Luna!

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It has been exactly 9 years since I first brought Luna home from the Santa Cruz County animal shelter. This was her official photo from the shelter.

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It was already clear with that face and those green eyes she was going to grow up to be a beautiful cat. And she has been a sweet and faithful animal companion for almost a decade now.

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Please join me in wishing Luna a Happy Gotcha Day!

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The Acro-Cats (and Rock Cats) in San Francisco

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The Acro-Cats recently visited San Francisco for a serious of shows, and of course we at CatSynth were there to witness it.

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Training cats, and the near impossibility of training them, is of course a cliche. And it is also why some of us love cats, their antics and independence alongside their elegance. These cats were trained to do a variety of acrobatic tricks, but at the same time, they were still just cats. Sometimes it would take a few tries to convince the cat to perform as requested, and sometimes the cats would wander off in true feline fashion. This was part of the show, and of course we cat-lovers in the audience loved that. There were some impressive moments however, such as this series of stunts. The second features the black cat Buggles.

All the cats in the show are shelter rescues, and an important part of the program is about advocacy for adoption of shelter cats and support of local shelters. Cat Town was on hand and received support from the proceeds of this show.

My favorite part of the show, not surprising was the final part featuring the Rock Cats an all cat band. Yes, the cats were actually playing the instruments.

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Here is Tuna making an appearance on cowbell.

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The keyboard was a toy piano that also attached to a MIDI synthesizer doing 80-style pad sounds. (Yes, more cats and synths!)

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You can hear a bit of the Rock Cats in this video.

Maybe a little more practicing is in order before we can book the Rock Cats at the Luggage Store Gallery.

If the Acro-Cats and Rock Cats come to your area, I definitely recommend checking them out. More information can be found here.

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CatSynth pic: Vintage Moog Memorymoog Plus Synthesizer

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Via matrixsynth, where you can see more pictures.

You can read more about the Memorymoog here.

If you can cat-and-gear photos, you can share them with us via Facebook, Twitter @catsynth, or comment with @catsynth in Instragram.

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CatSynth video: Phantom Cat (Club of the Knobs)

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We’re back after a brief blogging hiatus, with more cats and synths.

From gaetano di giorgio on YouTube, via this post on matrixsynth where you can see more videos.

If you are not familiar with Club of the Knobs (and I wasn’t), you can find out more here.

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Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival

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The 2nd Annual Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival took place a little over a week ago. Large numbers of cat lovers and cat-video enthusiasts descended on a block of West Grand Avenue along The Great Wall in celebration of cats, and of course your author was there, complete with crazy-cat-lady dress and bag.

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The daytime part of the event had more of a street fair atmosphere, with numerous booths providing food and miscellaneous cat-themed products under a bright but cloudy sky. There were also numerous organizations involved in fostering and adoption of cats, including the East Bay SPCA (one of the main beneficiaries of the event) Cat Town, and Oakland-based group that finds foster and forever homes for local cats and is also opening what may be the first cat cafe in the United States!

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Many of the organizations brought adoptable cats and kittens for viewing. We certainly hope some found homes that day.

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The celebrity rock star of the event was Li’l Bub, who was on hand for visitors to meet.

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Our friend Serena Toxicat of Protea performed a feline-themed set of music for voice and electronics. Among her songs was a tribute to the manual (or Pallas Cat) with the warning not to get too close to one despite its awesomeness.

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Other daylight fun included a photo booth from the makers of 9lives cat food, inviting visitors to Instagram and tag themselves as #MorrisAndMe (and of course #catvidfest).

Finally, the sun set and the actual videos began. The videos were from a curated reel featured at the Minneapolis Cat Video Festival hosted at the Walker Art Center., and featured many familiar videos such as Henri the existential cat and Grumpy Cat, but also new discoveries.

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What makes this experience unique is not the videos themselves, which so many of us know from our time on the Internet, but the act of getting together and watching them with others, and laughing together at the cat antics.

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I am certainly looking forward to this event coming back again next year!

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CatSynth pic: Roland RS-101 Vintage Analog Synthesizer Strings Brass w/ Case

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Bengal cat and RS-101

Handsome bengal cat poses next to a Roland synth that I had never heard of until now. Via matrixsynth.

“The Roland RS-101 is a 61 key string synth, which also includes a brass section. Being a string synth, it is fully polyphonic, but programability is limited. This is in pretty decent condition, and comes with a flightcase.”

Presumably, cat not included.

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CatSynth pic: Klee Cats

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Via Paul Appliancide on The MATRIXSYNTH Lounge.

I only know “Klee” to refer to the artist Paul Klee, whose work I admire. I was not familiar with the Klee sequencer module until now. It looks pretty intense.

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Weekend Cat Blogging with Luna: Fun with Highway Signs

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My eccentric long-standing fascination with numbered highways has long been reflected on this site. Here we see Luna contemplating a couple of our most recent sign acquisitions.

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So what exactly do we do with these? Well, besides just the human tendency to collect things of interest, I have used signs in artwork, photography, video and I am now expanding into more modes of live performance. Mostly, dealers advertise these as “perfect for your man cave”, something which does not interest us at CatSynth in any way. For Luna, they are just more strange objects that pass through her territory. And great neck scratchers.

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CatSynth video: Yamaha DX7 DEMO RISE OF AN UNKNOWN

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From paul mungru on YouTube, via matrixsynth. Spot the kitten!

The DX7 a sonic legend. I have made this synthesizer my project for over 20 years. They said it was impossible to program. They were wrong. Its different but once you know the major sound shapers.

There is no pure synth in history that can surpass what a DX7 can do straight from its own engine. As always 100% DX7 sounds.

I still have a Yamaha TX81Z and TX802 in the studio, but rarely if ever used these days. Part of it is the tedium of programming, though a good editor/librarian can take care of that. It would be interesting to combine the TX81Z and analog synths in the same composition, something that was rarely if ever done in the 1980s.

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Wordless Wednesday: Vertical Art Cat Photobomb

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