Cat exploring an LFO-rich patch on a Moog Sub 37 synthesizer. By @zegistardust on Instagram.
From Cats on Synthesizers in Space, submitted to us by Lee Tizzard:
OK Cat people….ya got to love this one …….Spooky grey cat sitting on a Moog, Mini-Moog Voyager Synthesizer, augmented with numerous unidentified Eurorack synthesizer modules, in Space……….. this cat spook is obviously being guided by the omnipotent, guardian CatSynth space spirit.———————From : Cats on Synthesizers in Space
A bunch of Cats invading Earth on various Moog Synthesizers…………………………………………………………………………………………..across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly, and surely, they drew their claws against us…
Submitted by kf6gpe via Twitter.
@catsynth Hazy with our new Moog Mother-32.
[Photo by Christina Stanley]
On January 10, 2016, Vacuum Tree Head performed at Berkeley Arts as part of the “Hardly Strictly Personal” benefit festival curated by Mika Pontecorvo. We played a short instrumental set that featured refinements of existing songs from our previous performance as well as new compositions. You can see and hear the highlights in this video.
As you can see from these highlights, it was short and energetic, and we certainly had a lot of fun playing.
[Photo by Christina Stanley]
The band was led as always by Jason Berry, who also played soprano saxophone and electronics. The rest of the best included Amanda Chaudhary on Nord Stage and Moog Sub Phatty keyboards, Michael de la Cuesta on guitar and synthesizers, Rich Lesnick on saxophone and bass clarinet, Thomas Scandura on drums, and Stephen Wright on bass. Mixing, editing, and interstitial music was done at CatSynth HQ; and the animations were by J.B.
Meet Castellanito, who has found the ultimate napping spot atop a Moog Voyager. Submitted by
Aero Vhf via our Facebook page.
For Superb Owl Day, please enjoy this superb owl on a Minimoog.
This is completely adorable! A plush cat playing a plush Minimoog <3 From Jonathan Gagnon-Bagheri via the Facebook group Synthesizer Freaks.
We at CatSynth love Moog Music and their instruments. I already own 4 of them (MiniMoog, Sub Phatty, Theremini, Animoog). And now I find myself coveting their newest addition, the Moog Mother-32.
The Mother-32 is a small tabletop unit that is also compatible physically and electronically with Eurorack modular systems. It has a single oscillator (plus a noise source), but it’s common to see them combined into sets of two or three – Moog provides enclosures that facilitate such configurations. It of course has a Moog ladder filter, switchable between high pass and low pass. And it has a 32-step sequencer and extensive options for CV patching and external input. The instrument is configured so that no patching is necessary to start playing. But the real power is integrating into a larger system with other synth modules or external gear. Indeed, the audio-rate control and extensive patching are the mainthings that make this a worthwhile addition even for those who have Moog keyboard synthesizers, along with the high-pass filter. I find myself comparing it utility-wise to Tom Oberheim’s SEM module, though these are very different instruments sonically.
The Moog both featured quite a few demos and performances, and I got to see a few from artists I quite respect and admire. In this video, we hear a bit of Bana Haffer using the Mother-32 and other gear.
Erika also performed on multiple Mother-32 units, along with her own external sequencer.
As one can see from these videos, there was a bit of a tropical and desert theme to the booth. Indeed, it was set up as “Moog Island” with a mix of warm-weather themes. All the instruments were arranged around a central island only inches above the floor, with visitors sitting on yoga pads to play the instruments.
The idea was presumably (in addition to being cute) to give users more focused time with the instruments without distraction. It unfortunately made it difficult and uncomfortable for those of us who wear skirts or dresses at the NAMM show. But it was nonetheless still fun to play the new instruments and see the performers.