Wordless Wednesday: Desert Ruins

Desert ruins at Ft Churchill, Nevada.

Wordless Wednesday: Mendiburu (California City)

Intersection looking north towards the horizon in California City.

You can see our past Wordless Wednesdays here.

Wordless Wednesday: California 167

California Highway 167, a short route in the Eastern Sierra region that runs from US 395 near Mono Lake to the Nevada border in an almost perfectly straight line. The straightness, wide-open space, and desert landscape are something I am missing very much at the moment.

Wordless Wednesday: Industrial (Samoa, California)

Detail of power plant in Samoa, California, across Humboldt Bay from Eureka.

If you have not done so yet, please check out our video on Eureka and Samoa.

Wordless Wednesday: Mono Lake

Mono Lake at dusk. Shot last September (2019).

If you have not already done so, please check our latest video featuring scenes from Mono Lake set to original synthesizer music.

Wordless Wednesday: The Perfect Road (Death Valley)

There was something “perfect” about this stretch of road in Death Valley National Park. There is both a joy and a melancholy in looking back at it now.

Wordless Wednesday: Baton (Joshua Tree)

The various elements of Joshua Tree come together in this minimalist photo.

Wordless Wednesday: Mono Lake Hipstamatic

Mono Lake, September 2019. The Hipstamatic treatment makes it look like it could have been the same place in 1959.

Wordless Wednesday: Joshua Tree

A lone Joshua Tree on a winter day in its eponymous park. Although the color is a bit exaggerated via Hipstamatic, the trees are exceptionally green at this time of year.

Farewell to 2019: Tipping Point

Our year-end collage is a long-standing tradition at CatSynth. And we had a lot of fun making this year’s edition, so many wonderful images to choose from. One of my best solo performances to date took place at the Compton’s Cafeteria series at the Center for New Music. Big Merp came to live with has at CatSynth HQ. And our adventures took us from the halls of NAMM to the bottom of Death Valley to the subways of New York.

As we mentioned at the end of last year, most of the energy has moved to CatSynth TV and our social media platforms (especially our Facebook page). The blog is mostly our core cat-and-synth pics these days, although I do enjoy sharing long-form articles now and then. And In 2020, I do plan to revive the “primary highways” series from eight years ago.

On the video side, things have been going very well. Here are the top videos for 2019:

  1. Rick and Morty Pocket Operator, Part 2
  2. Introduction to the KOMA Field Kit [Episode 106]
  3. Ginger Baker, In Memoriam
  4. EXCLUSIVE! Arturia Pigments 1.2 First Look
  5. Folsom Street Fair 2019
  6. NAMM 2019: Rossum Electro-Music Trident [Episode 116]
  7. Rick and Morty Pocket Operator Unboxing [Episode 166]
  8. Mutable Instruments Plaits [Episode 102]
  9. Strymon Magneto Loop & Sample Modes [Episode 125]
  10. NAMM 2019: Interview with Dave Smith of Sequential

By early autumn, I was also thinking about this year as a “tipping point.” The transition from the blog to the video channel is the most obvious, but it also applies also on the personal side. The arrival of Big Merp was one of the big stories, and it’s been a tough integration getting both cats to coexist, but things have been trending well in the past few months, with Sam Sam regaining her confidence and HQ becoming a more harmonious place again. Musically, I have moved in a direction that is perhaps closer to my roots in jazz, fusion, funk while maintaining the experimental electronic aspects. I have also moved to a point where studio work is how I spend most of my musical time, between the videos and other projects. Finally, I am getting older, as we all are, and that adds both perspective and a need to focus on health and wellbeing. In 2020, I may “do fewer things” than in the past, but I hope the things I choose to do make an impact both personally and beyond.

There is a lot to look forward to in the coming days: NAMM 2020 is around the corner, I have a full queue of demos to share, and I am laying the foundations for some major musical projects. And of course, we will continue to post cats and synths.