CatSynth TV: Benjolin!

Our latest video features the Benjolin, a module designed by Rob Hordijk and distributed by Epoch Modular.  From the official website:

The benjolin is a multifunction synthesizer designed by Rob Hordijk. The module consists of four separate function blocks: two VCOs, a state variable filter and an additional circuit, invented by Hordijk himself, called a rungler. This particular arrangement emerged from his efforts to design a synthesizer that was, as he puts it, “bent by design”. As such, the module functions according to principles of chaos theory, where short to long sputtering patterns spontaneously transform themselves, at times, gradually, at others, quite suddenly, morphing into new pattern doublings and bifurcations. ​

The rungler is what gives the module (and its predecessor the Blippo Box) its chaotic character.  It’s basically a shift register timed off the two oscillators which then fed as a control signal back to the oscillators, creating a nonlinear dynamic feedback system.  It’s a lot of fun to just play and explore, but I have also used it in both recordings and live performance.  It works particularly well with subtle control inputs, like the Theremini.

Passover Synth Jam with the Matzoh Man

The Matzoh Man returns for Passover on CatSynth TV, this time accompanied by a Minimoog, Roland VP-03 vocoder and our trusty Nord Stage EX.

The Dayenu song is a tradition on Passover.  The word dayenu approximately translates to “it would have been sufficient” and is used as a phrase of gratitude for each of the miracles recounted in the Passover Hagaddah.

Chag Pesach Sameach!

CatSynth pic: Plush Cat and Minimoog

Plush cat and Minimoog

This is completely adorable! A plush cat playing a plush Minimoog <3 From Jonathan Gagnon-Bagheri via the Facebook group Synthesizer Freaks.

Wordless Wednesday: Modular Synthesizer

Modular Synthesizer

CatSynth video: Kaossilator – Tubular Bells

From psychopath3000 on YouTube, via matrixsynth:

“Here is a Kaossilator mix featuring Tubular Bells (Mike Oldfield), some folk tunes (drowsy maggie, Scarborough fair), and various other bits and pieces. Recorded live.”

Please welcome the cat.

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