CatSynth pic: Arrakis, Poly 800 and other stuff

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Arrakis and Poly 800

Submitted by Yann Antimoine via our Facebook page.

As a fan of the Dune series, I can say that we at CatSynth approve of Arrakis’ name :) . Additionally, the Poly 800 II was among the first true synthesizer I encountered as a possible purchase (though I didn’t get it).

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CatSynth pic: F5D Prophet 08 CTR Textures with Tigger & Garfield

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From F5D on SoundCloud, via matrixsynth.

“A texture sound that I programmed for DSI Prophet 08 analog synth. Watch your speaker levels for surprises!”

You can listen to the sound below.

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Wordless Wednesday: Broadway – Fresno

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CatSynth pic: Teenage Engineering OP-1

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Submitted by Brandon Douglas via Facebook. Cats and the OP-1 make a great combination.

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Wordless Wednesday: Stripes and Boxes

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CatSynth pic: MIDI Kitten :)

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Adorable little black kitten checking out its latest composition.

From CallingAllAstronauts on Twitter, via our friend scatterfilter.

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CatSynth pic: Pumpkin and SK-1

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Submitted by our friend Amber Brien of PAS Musique. Click here to read about their performance in San Francisco last year.

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While my SK-1 does not function as a cat bed, I probably should make better use if it :)

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CatSynth pic: Two on the Keys

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Wordless Wednesday: High Line Ghosts

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Lucie Vítková and Joe Snape, CNMAT

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Today we look at a recent concert at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) featuring two very different solo performances. Both explored subtle details in sound, but in very different ways.

The first performance featured Lucie Vítková, a visiting artist from the Czech Republic. She primarily played accordion, but also included harmonica and voice.

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This was not your typical accordion or harmonica performance, or even a typical avant-garde performance with this instruments. Her playing was soft and exquisitely subtle. Once could hear the subtle changes in tone from the bellows, and the percussive effects of the instrument’s mechanics. She brought a similar slow-moving attention to detail to the pieces with harmonica. The most impressive part of the performance combined long accordion tones with voice, producing very strong difference tones. Once could hear the resulting fundamentals inside one’s ear, which is a pretty amazing effect to hear live.

The second set featured Tired Music by Joe Snape for cassette and electronics.

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In a darkened room, Snape manipulated long quiet sounds from cassette recordings and computer-based signal processing. Some were deliberately monotonous, but others provided punctuated detail, including a section of spoken word. As with Vítková’s performance, the sound moved slowly, but more enveloping coming from the multichannel speaker system instead of a single point.

Overall, a different set of sounds, certainly quieter, than what I have been attending of late. I am glad I was able to visit CNMAT to catch this show.

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