CatSynth pic: Cat, Access Virus TI2 and Elektron Analog

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Cat peeking out next to Access Virus TI2 and Elektron Analog synthesizers. From puxflux on Instagram.

CatSynth pic: Cat and Access Virus (headed into space)

Cat with Access Virus synthesizer being launched into space

We’re back after a week-long break, and to symbolize the start of good things, we have a cat on an Access Virus synthesizer being launched into space. From Cats on Synthesizers in Space.

CatSynth pic: Studio Cat, Access Virus TI, Cubase, Kontakt

Studio Cat with Virus TI, Cubase, Kontakt

Cats and beats are a thing this week. Via Techno-iD●com on Twitter.

“@_JLouise_: The studio cat about to drop the beats. #digico #DS-00 #cubase #kontakt #virusti ”

We leave it up to the reader to spot the Virus TI.

We leave it up to the reader to spot the Virus TI.

CatSynth pic: Access Music – Virus Indigo SN G10000897

Access Virus Indigo

Via matrixsynth, where you can see more pics of the synth.

CatSynth pic: Mister Boo and Access Virus

Submitted by Mickle Boulevard via our Facebook page.

“Me me meow! Next we check the virus, says mix enginner Mister Boo”

Mickle Boulevard also participated in Weekend Cat Blogging that we just hosted.

Rubber ()) Cement, bran(…)pos, Hora Flora at Luggage Store Gallery

Today we look back at a recent show featuring noise and theater at the Luggage Store Gallery, part of Outsound Presents’ regular Thursday-night experimental-music series.

The first set featured Hora Flora, a project of Raub Roy. Most often, we associate noise music with electronic affects, but this set focused on acoustic noise opportunities. It opened to the sound of electric toothbrushes on drums. It turns out this sound can be quite rich, and also quite loud at times. Over the course of the performance, he used other acoustic generators for excite the drums, most notably large colorful balloons.

The set continued in this way, with the balloons and toothbrushes on the drums creating ever changing acoustic noise drones, with other elements such as didgeridoo and portable cassette players layered on top. The cassette players were very deliberately placed at even intervals on the beam that spanned the length of the gallery in front of the audience. I was right near one of them, but the sounds were still quite subtle when combined with the overall drone texture.

Horoflora was followed by bran(…)pos. I had last seen him perform at the 2011 Outsound Music Summit. Once again, he was performing from within a curtained space with video projections on the outside, but the setting was far more intimate setting. From my vantage point, I was able to see both his live performance “behind the curtain” as well as the enveloping video projection.

In his performance physical use of his face both generated and shaped the sound, which in turn controlled the video. The performance opened with expressive percussive sounds, which become more resonant through electronic processing and gradually formed a rhythmic pattern. It continued with a series of slurps, crunches and other forms of face percussion mixed with breath, voiced sounds and synthetic sounds. In addition to electronics for direct vocal processing, there were synthesizers as well, including an Access Virus:

Overall, the performance had the phrasings and overall structure of storytelling, but in a language whose words I cannot understand. It did come to a strong finish with growls and roars against a frantic thudding pulse.

The final performance featured Rubber (() Cement (pronounced “Rubber oh Cement”). The set was quite the spectacle, with a large costumed figure, a space creature of sorts, next to a towering old-school computer system made from cardboard. The visuals and sounds reminded me a bit of Caroliner Rainbow, but on a smaller scale, and on top of the audience instead of separated by a formal stage.


[Photo by Michael Zelner.]

Somewhere inside that lumbering lurching figure was a large custom string instrument. The plucking and striking of the strings formed the sonic base of the performance, which were both processed electronically and countered by other synthesizer sounds emanating from the “computer”. I suspected that the things would get quite loud, and indeed they did, with lots of loud shrieky pedal noises processing the strings and reprocessing themselves in complex ways. Of course the focal point remained the physical and visual aspects of the performance. In fact, that is a bit of an understatement, as part of the audience experience including being “attacked”. I got swiped at least once by one of the extending parts appendages, which are actually quite heavy – I was nearly knocked over. Things got a little crazier as the creature moved out into the audience. But it was all in good fun, and I don’t think anyone was hurt. Definitely an unusual experience for this series.

Overall, it was a great show attend, with different sites and sounds than usual. The audience was different as well, with the artists bringing their own followings. I hope to see more of them at other venues in the near future.

CatSynth video: Access Virus “A” ambient sound demo – by polynominal.com

From polynominaldotcom on YouTube. Also on matrixsynth.

Appearances by Mimi. Follow her tag to see more pictures.

For more info, longer demo and more, please visit the VIRUS “A” page at this URL:
http://www.polynominal.com/site/studio/gear/synth/access_virus/virus.html

CatSynth pic: Mouse?

From Sawa Masaki on flickr.

“It is true mouse, but this is ‘Marble Mouse’. 😉

If you have your own cat-and-electronic-music pictures, you can send it to us via facebook, twitter @catsynth, or our contact page.

CatSynth pic: Giuliano, part 2

Today we have another picture from Alessandro Cilano of sleeping Giuliano

“Same cat, slightly bigger, sleeping between an Akai LPK22 and a MacBook. By the bored look on his face you can see he doesn’t like the Access Virus or the Babybox Noise Generator in the background.”

CatSynth pic: Neko with the new synths

From pugsfly on flickr, via matrixsynth.

You can also check out more cats on Tuesday.