Preparing for Tonight’s Show at The Lab

I have been busily preparing for tonight’s solo set at The Lab here in San Francisco. As usually happens, I initially plan to simplify the setup, but then as I work on the set musically, more instruments and equipment end up part of the rig. And this one may be one of the largest to date.

In addition to the Nord Stage (aka “The Big Red Keyboard”), there is the newly reconfigured modular synth, the Prophet 12, the Moog Mother 32, Casio SK-1, and iPad. The modular path features multiple voices, including some processing external audio from the Nord and the SK-1, respectively.

Why so big? Well, it comes out the current musical direction, which mixes jazz and funk with experimental electronics. That means a full-size keyboard is always present. And the electronics has to provide rhythmic and harmonic support in addition to timbral support. This always adds significant complexity, but provides for a richer musical experience.

Here are the details on the show, including the other acts. I am excited to have a group improv with my friends Joshua Marshall, Jaroba, and Christina Stanley. And the evening will begin with an orchestra of invented instruments from Pet The Tiger (David Samas, Tom Nunn et al.) with dance by Christina Braun. If you are in the Bay Area tonight, please consider joining us.

Thursday, June 22, 8PM
The Lab
2948 16th St SF

A special evening of funky and noisy sounds, invented instruments, whimsy, and more 😺 🎶

8:00PM Pet The Tiger Inventors Collective performs Arc Weld
8:40PM Amanda Chaudhary solo. Funky and experimental electronics
9:20PM Amanda Chaudhary with collaborators Joshua Marshall, Jaroba, and Christina Stanley

door: $5-10

Additional info on BayImproviser.

CatSynth pic: Cat and Moog Minitaur

Cat and Moog Minitaur

Cat with Moog Minitaur bass synthesizer. Photo 📸: by lady.olive on Instagram, shared by our friends at Moog Music, Inc.

“Really feline the bass this #Caturday.”

The cat in this photo looks so much like Sam Sam 😻

CatSynth pic: Lissette and Moog Werkstatt

From Moog Music, Inc. on Instagram.

Lissette guards her Werkstatt. 🎛 Happy #Caturday. 🐱 #werkstatt01 #moogwerkstatt #moogsynthesizer #analogsynth #moog #cat #cats #synthcat #catsynth

CatSynth pic: Purr-ameters

Originally from stevereidell on Instagram, shared via our friends at Moog Music, Inc.

Got to cat-just the purr-ameters…

Happy #Caturday.

📸: stevereidell on IG

CatSynth Video: Mags with Moog Theremi and Korg Minilogue

#tbt to my #theremini duet with Mags. #theremin #music #catsofinstagram #tabby #adoptdontshop

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Duet between Mags the cat on Moog Theremini and her human on Korg Minilogue. This sounds delightful – the quantization function on the Theremini helps.

From nilpferd_de_la_nuit on Instagram, via our friends at Moog Music, Inc.

CatSynth Pic: Cats and Moogerfoogers

A couple of cats exploring Moogerfooger pedals. From our friends at Moog Music, Inc.

Really feline the effects this Caturday.

📷: tareh78 on IG

Oy vey 😸

CatSynth pic: Moog, Sequential, and Sunshine

From electricityforprogress on Instagram.

My second #catsynth post. Buffy in the window on a sunny 70° February day. I know, the realistic Moog isn’t plugged in…Yet. Also remember, #televisionisdrugs (thanks mom!)

We love sunshine and 70-degree February days. And the synths, too.

NAMM 2017: Moog Music Tribute to Synthesizer Pioneers

This year our friends at Moog Music, Inc. had a very different sort of booth. Instead of the usual array of gear for demonstration, the space was bare and stark, with a simple kiosk and a wall dedicated to the many synthesizer players and innovators we lost in 2016.

It was a rough year for the synthesizer community. Among those we lost were Pauline Oliveros and Don Buchla, both of whom were memorialized here on CatSynth and whom I had known in person. There were also images and statements for Keith Emerson, Bernie Worrell, Isao Tomita, and Jean-Jaques Perrey.

Visitors were invited to wander the space in contemplation or with a mix of music from the artists on classic Walkmans. Visitors could also leave social media tributes to one or more artists and have an opportunity to win one of several current Moog instruments, including a Werkstatt, Mother-32 and even a new Model D.

We didn’t win, but were very touched by the way Moog used their space to pay tribute to the many heroes we lost in 2016. It was a unique and moving experience at this year’s NAMM show.

CatSynth pic: Dahlia, Moog, and Roland Synths

Dahlia poses atop a Moog Sub 37 synthesizer. In the back we see some classic Roland instruments, three Roland Boutique synthesizers, and more.

Dahlia’s photo comes to us via our friend Rob Robinson. You can read more about his music here.

CatSynth pic: Cat and Moog Mother-32

Cat and Moog Mother 32

From @MoogSynthesizers on Instagram

moogsynthesizers”Your path is at your feet whether you realize it or not.” – Agnes Martin
#cats #catsofinstagram #mother32 #moog #analog #analogsynth #synth #synthesizer #eurorack #eurocrack #modularsynth #semimodular #agnesmartin #catsynth