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Outsound Music Summit: Touch the Gear

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The 2014 Outsound Music Summit in underway. And as usual, we began with our popular community event Touch the Gear. We had a large crowd of all ages, and delightful cacophony of unusual musical sounds.

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This year, I brought the analog modular (specifically, about two-thirds of the current module collection) and the new Moog Theremini:

Amanda Chaudhary with analog modular and Moog Theremini
[Photo by Frank Lin]

There were several first-time participants this year, including Elise Gargalikis and Dmitri SFC of coa-modular.comwith their “wall of Serge”. It was fun to get to try this out myself.

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[Photo by Elise Gargalikis‎]

There was more Serge modular to be found, courtesy of Lx Rudis.

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Aaron Oppenheim brought classic circuit-bent toys, including a Speak&Math and the Talking Computron.

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It was a bit of inspiration to get of my tuchus and circuit-bend the Speak&Spell sitting in my studio!

There was a Minimoog sighting, of course.

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Long-time participants Matt Davignon and CJ Borosque demonstrated their recent work with effects pedals. Davignon processed drum machines and samplers while Borosque’s pedals were in a closed loop circuit generating their own sound.

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There were acoustic instruments as well. David Samas brought his very impressive contrabass ehru. This beast was huge. And it had bells in addition to the strings and resonant chamber (made out of a trunk).

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Bryan Day presented his mechanical/electrical/acoustic inventions.

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Jaroba shared a variety of wind and percussion instruments with a bit of electronics.

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[Photo by Frank Lin]

There were several more presenters, and as usual I don’t have room for everyone in this post. But it was a great event as always, and we at Outsound appreciated everyone’s contributions. Now it is on to the concerts including tomorrow night’s Poetry Freqs show. Please click here for the full schedule!

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CatSynth pic: Luna, Minimoog, and Luna NT

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Luna has reclaimed her beanbag chair in the recently reorganized studio. So here we see her sitting underneath the Minimoog (right) and appropriately named Luna NT form Noise Research (Left).

The new design/organization is not quite done yet, but getting there. Expect more pics in the near future.

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CatSynth pic: Peek-a-boo (Eurorack Modular)

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Via matrixsynth.

Whenever I see a Eurorack modular, I am curious about the modules I have never seen before.  I certainly don’t have the “cat head” module yet!

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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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CatSynth pic: Klee Cats

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Klee cats

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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CatSynth pic: Sophie and Moog

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Sophie and Moog

From Chrissie_c via Twitter, with an assist from our friend Tom Emmons.

RT @Chrissie_c She might not like the MS-20, but Sophie is keen on the Moog :-) @catsynth

If you are on Twitter, you can follow us and share your own cat-and-music photos to appear on this site.

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CatSynth pic: Ikea Rast Modular Synthesizer

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Ikea Rast modular and cats

From Appliancide.

“Cats are very into beefy terminal blocks.”

I was actually looking into the Ikea Rast as a hackable piece of studio furniture, but I’m not sure it is precisely what I need. If only there was a way to make it slightly wider…

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CatSynth pic: CV Sunday from Moog

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Another from our friends at Moog Music, Inc., via Twitter.

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This picture of a kitten on a Moog modular actually appeared here on CatSynth before. I leave it as an exercise to the reader to find the post :)

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CatSynth video: Wellington on the Minimoog

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From Steve Peglar on Instagram, via the MATRIXSYNTH Lounge.

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