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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: Mimi and All the Synths

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Our dear friend Mimi returns, with the most epic CatSynth pic ever! How many synths can you name?

Submitted by Eric of polynominal.

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CatSynth pic: Giuliano and Maschine

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Here we see the cat Guiliano “sitting where he shouldn’t, on [a] Maschine studio controller…”

From Alessandro Automageddon via our Facebook page.

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CatSynth pic: Cat and MS-20

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Submitted by Eduardo Villanueva Poloni‎ via our Facebook page.  I think I espy a Nord something in the corner as well?

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CatSynth pic: Rodec Sherman Restyler

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Submitted by Mieke Frere via our Facebook page.

“I’m waiting for some music !”

And as one commenter wrote: “GOOD MUSIC!” :)

If you have any experience with this device, the Rodec Sherman Restyler, please leave a comment.

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CatSynth pic: Ook (catsynth) pik

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From our friend Alex Ookpik (see what we did there?) via Instagram.  Instagram is a great way to get your cat-and-gear pics onto the blog.  Simply post to your feed and leave a comment on your post with “@catsynth”.

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CatSynth pic: Nina the studio kitty

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Nina the studio kitty
Submitted by Jacqueline Hendriks via our Facebook page.

“Nina loves synths! She is a real studio kitty :p”

Identification of the synths left as an exercise to the reader.

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Wordless Wednesday: Rene and Teleplexer

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Make noise Rene and Teleplexer

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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: BKETech BeatThang

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BeatThang

Submitted by ⓉⒺⒸⒽℕ⌽▃ⒾⒹ●⒞⒪⒨ via Twitter.

No word on whether the BeatThang website has been updated.

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