From Squarp Instruments on YouTube, via matrixsynth.
From Space Cat Audio Technologies on YouTube, via matrixsynth.
New Analogue Dubsta Delay & Dub-Synth.
TB-303 TR-606 recorded direct to speaker microphone through a Sony SS-CNP700 that is connected from the Dub-Synth headphone output.
Today we look back at last week’s show at Canessa Gallery in San Francisco, featuring Elliott Sharp, Tania Chen + Wobbly, and Euphotic. This show was the subject of CatSynth TV Episode 8, and you can see and hear a bit of each set.
We were quite pleased to see Elliott Sharp. We saw him back in the 1990s, but it’s been a while since he made it to the Bay Area.
He has a unique and idiosyncratic sound, with fast runs, harmonics, and extended techniques, along with electronics. The electronics, which appeared to include some looping, sampling, and delay, did not overpower his guitar playing, and the individual gestures, from frenetic fingerpicking to expressive scratches, came through strongly. Although his style is unusual, it is still quite melodic and harmonic, something that comes out particularly in a solo-performance setting.
The evening opened with Euphotic, a trio project featuring Tom Djll (electronics, trumpet), Cheryl Leonard (instruments from natural found objects) and Bryan Day (invented instruments).
The sound was subtle and detailed, with a lot of short sounds clustering like schools of fish. Djll’s electronics bridged the space between Cheryl Leonard’s organic sounds and Bryan Day’s more chiseled electro-acoustic creations. There was also a quality in Day’s performance that foreshadowed Elliott Sharp’s sound and style later in the evening.
Euphotic was followed by a duo featuring Tania Chen on electronics, voice and found objects, with Wobbly (aka Jon Leidecker) on electronics. He had an array of iPads linked together.
The performance centered around “Feasibility Study”, an episode of the television show Outer Limits, slowed down beyond recognition. Chen’s vocals and found-object performance featured material and ideas from the episode, including chomping on biscuits and pop rocks to represent the rock-like aliens in the video. She also performed a melodic section on an iPad, which complemented Leidecker’s complex electronic processing. His sounds were slower and more undulating, providing an eerie setting for the overall performance.
We had a great time at this show, as did the rest of the audience that filled Canessa Gallery to capacity. We look forward to more interesting music from these artists and from this venue. And thanks to Bryan Day for continuing to host this series.
Ragamuffin cat enjoying a little time at the piano. She looks ready to sing. 😺 🎶
This picture comes to us from Flora Davis, a local artist here in San Francisco whose work hangs on the walls of CatSynth HQ (and whose jewelry occasionally adorns my ears). Read more about her and the piece we commissioned from her in these articles.
Karl Lee Avery’s faithful studio cats return. (Submitted via Facebook.)
The desk passes the fatcat QC
Rosie don’t give a 🎺🔥😵🙀
Identification of the synths left as an exercise to the reader.
“Hello! Synth works well, and I am a registered builder on the MFOS site as Allen Cox. Case is made out of hardwood that has been stained, painted, and finished. Comes with 12v power supply, wal wart, and two pamona banana patch cables.”
Presumably, cat and lava lamp not included 😸
From HyperbubbleTV on YouTube. Submitted to by Jeff DeCuir (part of the team that made the video).
starring Hyperbubble, with Justin Parr, and introducing Smokey the cat
Directed by Mark and Angela Walley
featuring the title track from “Candy Apple Daydreams”, performed by Hyperbubble. Available on CD and mp3 from Bubblegum Records http://bubblegumrecords.org.uk/, http://itunes.com and http://amazon.com
official Hyperbubble website: http://www.hyperbubble.net
We think Smokey did an excellent job in this video 😸
By Japhy Riddle. Submitted by Bill Wolter via Facebook.
An improvement (in my opinion) on someone else’s concept. I can only take partial credit for this. All paper cut-outs.
This fits so well visually on CatSynth!
Our friend Maximus is in the studio ready to produce some new tracks. Submitted by Jason D Rodriguez via our Facebook page.
Maximus also likes the bass. (So do we.)