Submitted by Erwin Kant via our Facebook page.
Submitted by Erwin Kant via our Facebook page.
“Orla Jenkins keeping warm with Space Echo RE-201, Drumstation and DM-100.”
For our first Weekend Cat Blogging of 2012, we reprise the original photo that launched this site. Here is Luna with the Novation keyboard on the beanbag chair near the turn of the new year.
Luna is all grown up compared to the youngster in the original photo in 2006, but she still has the same fur and eyes. And she still favors this particular beanbag chair as her own. Indeed, it’s a favorite napping spot here in the studio area:
I didn’t realize until looking at the original against these photos how similar the windows look, even though the original was in a completely different place.
The studio is a currently a focus of attention here at CatSynth HQ in that I am trying to further make it into a better organized laboratory for musical and visual creativity. And it also has to continue to double as the office, the place where the computers sit and where I pay the bills. I expect that Luna will continue to spend lots of time here as well.
Weekend Cat Blogging #344 is hosted by Mog with assists from Meowza and Ritzi at Mind of Mog.
The Carnival of the Cats well be hosted by Kashim, Othello and Salome in Vienna.
And the Friday Ark is at the modulator.
Today we mark the 5th Anniversary of CatSynth!
I started this site on July 19, 2006 as a novelty when a friend and former colleague at E-MU systems suggested that I “should make a website about cats and synths.”
Every anniversary we feature the photo of Luna from the inaugural post.
I still have that Novation keyboard, though it does not get used as often of late. Luna of course still is very territorial about that beanbag chair. Times have changed a bit, here is an iconic photo of Luna from this past year, this time with an iPad app (in this case, the Smule Magic Piano):
Another quirky way we like to celebrate is with statistics. First the basics:
0.85 posts per day.
5.63 comments per post.
476 posts featuring cats and synthesizers.
195 reviews (and gig reports).
Even after five years, people from around the world continue to send us pictures of cats and music gear. These days most of those come via our Facebook, which together with twitter has become a major way people engage with this site.
From Google Analytics (which we finally got working properly over the past year), here is an overview of where our visitors come from around the world.
By far and away most of our visitors are from the United States, followed by the United Kingdom, Canada, India, Australia, France and Germany. I’m gratified to see so many visitors from India, though I’m curious why we never receive any comments from there…
It’s also interesting to look at cities.
Not surprisingly, the top cities are San Francisco and New York. In Google, it’s SF followed by NYC, while in Facebook, New York is the top city.
Our most popular posts judged by number of visitors are the annual endangered wild cats on earth day. Over the past year, our most commented posts were:
|Wordless Wednesday: Herman (Groundhog Day)||35|
|Wordless Wednesday: Doll and Metal Beams||28|
|Wordless Wednesday: 6506 (Baker Beach)||27|
|Wordless Wednesday: Matzoh Man||27|
|Happy Birthday Luna!||25|
|Wordless Wednesday: 7643 (New York, Late Autumn)||25|
|Wordless Wednesday: Wet Paint||25|
|Wordless Wednesday: Mosaic with Saxophones||24|
|Wordless Wednesday: Summer Solstice||24|
|Wordless Wednesday: Harrison Street Hipstomatic||23|
Our top commenters the past year:
|Mickey, Georgia and Tillie||146|
|The Chair Speaks||66|
|Daisy the Curly Cat||48|
|Cats of Wildcat Woods||41|
|Beth @ 990 Square||40|
Thanks to all our friends (in time zones earlier than U.S. Pacific Daylight Time) who already sent in comments for the anniversary, and to the Cat Blogosphere for their anniversary shout-out!
And while we will continue to keep doing what we do, it has been more of a challenge over this past year to keep up with posts, especially the longer-form reviews. There is a trade between doing music and art, and writing about people doing music and art. But I still love doing everything here, and will find a way…
altbengal, cat, cats on tuesday, ensoniq, korg, novation, roland, Synthesizers, yamaha
“Richard came over to say hi and the next thing you know we were jamming on our Iphone and Ipad. So here it is captured for you…. Looptastic on the Ipad and Nlogs Midi Synth on the iphone (actually it is a new Ipod touch)”
altbengal, cat, keyboard, novation, Synthesizers
Cats, catsynth pic, moog, novation, Synthesizers
Okay, so this is one of my more strange experimental ideas. The keyboard at the top of the screen (a Yamaha SY-35) is midi’d into the lower keyboard (a Novation KS-5). The KS-5 is programmed with a simple arpeggio patch I created which can be played from the SY-35. Then I covered the keys of the SY-35 with cat biscuits and let my kitten Daisy loose on it. I was then able to control some aspects of the sound with conrols on the KS-5. I think she got wise to me about half way through as she stopped standing on the keys. Damn kitty!