Submitted by Anton Gabriel Largoza-Maza via our Facebook page.
You can find out more about the RX7 at polynominal.com. Long time readers will recognize that address as the home of the late great synth cat Mimi.
Lucy the cat finds a comfortable spot behind a full TipTop Audio Station 252 modular synth system. From machew on Instagram.
Lucy’s new favorite spot is right behind the 252. #synthcat #catsynth #catsofinstagram
Today we have a special treat, as Luna poses for a CatSynth pic with the Roland JP-08 “Boutique” synthesizer. It’s “cat-sized”, but for humans it’s also a good size for an auxiliary synth and easy to carry to gigs alongside the Nord or Moog. It also brings in some Roland Jupiter sound to the repertoire.
As for Luna, she is continuing to do better since her nadir at the beginning of the month. She is eating well and active, though she does still walk with a bit of a limp. Nonetheless, we get to spend some good time together, including in the studio.
2016 has not been a good year for our musical heroes. And we have just lost one more, Don Buchla.
[Photo by Michael Zelner]
Don Buchla was producing his first synthesizers about the same time that Robert Moog released his earliest models. But he took a very different approach, eschewing keyboards and other traditional interfaces to make a truly radical instrument. This led to some describing “East Coast” and “West Coast” schools of synthesizers – something that we at CatSynth largely reject. But there are nonetheless characteristics that set apart Bucvla’s instruments, such as the use of metal plates as controls; the ubiquitous use of low pass gates (LPGs) as sound units; the crispier/crunchier sound compared to Moog-inspired synths; and the visual beauty and oddness of the instruments. Indeed, they have appeared on CatSynth many times – follow this link to see a few.
In addition to his synthesizers, Buchla also created numerous controllers, such as the Thunder, Lightning, and Marimba Lumina. Indeed, I was introduced to Buchla’s instruments and the man himself through David Wessel at CNMAT, who used the Thunder extensively in his performances. My personal memories of the two of them together mostly revolve around the wine-and-beer-fueled gatherings after formal events at CNMAT, ICMC conferences or elsewhere. They would talk endlessly but anyone else could chime in, and occasionally Don and I would have a sidebar, less often of a technical nature than lamenting strictures in one institution or another, or non-musical scientific concepts. Overall, however, he was often a laconic presence, off in a corner or just off frame, but then fully engaged when the moment arrived.
[Buchla sighting at Roger Linn’s NAMM booth in 2015]
From Luke Killen on YouTube, via matrixsynth.
Getting my 90s on with a simple modular house patch to finish off a sunny weekend.
In the words of Catwerk, “MEOWSIC NON STOP!” HUGS AND PURRS TO YOU AND LUNA =^_^=
chanceandsassy #catpiano #Tuxedocat #catsofinstagram #kittiesofinstagram #bestmeow #cat_features #excellent_cats #topcatphoto #weeklyfluff #mygreatcat #petphotography #adorable #furbaby #ilovemycat
torley #catsynth fo sho… a true virtuoso of the keys 😻🎹
We appreciate the shoutout and thoughts for Luna 💕
Via Cats on Synthesizers in Space.
The Fairlight was quite the system in its day. You can read more about it here. We also love the cat graphic in classic CRT green 🙂
From flohrdumal on Instagram.
“Cat on Synthesizer #synthcat #catsynth #modular #synthesizer #cat #catsofinstagram #gato #chat #katze #kätzchen #tabby #tabbycat #tabbycatsofinstagram #wunwun”
A few of the modules are identified in the tags, but we leave full identification as an exercise to the reader.