A black cat posing with several vintage small keyboards, including some familiar ones from Casio and Yamaha. From Milomi Studio on Instagram.
Some of these keyboards may be considered “toys”, but they are still musical instruments. I coveted some of these small keyboards before I discovered synthesizers. I do now have a Casio SK-1 that gets used in live performance.
Another from our friends at Eevo Lute Music & Technology, this time featuring a black cat and a classic Roland TR-808. This was post for last week’s “808 Day”. My favorite comment: ” I only have full sized analog cats!” 😸 🎹
Our friend Runkl returns with another portrait in front of the modular synth. Submitted by Jeph Nor via Facebook.
2016 has claimed another hero. The Bear was the grand old man of multiple books and blogs by self-described “cat man” Tom Cox. We had read his book Under the Paw in one of its earliest editions back in 2008 – you can read our brief review here. In the book, The Bear immediately came to the forefront even in a household with many cats. He was already an old cat whose body had a scars of one who lived life hard but survived to tell it. And those sad, sorrowful eyes spoke volumes. These traits have earned The Bear a loyal following on his Twitter feed @MYSADCAT. Posts often pictured a picture of The Bear with his sad eyes and snarky quotes about music or current events. As The Bear survived year after year passing the milestone of 20 in 2015, he seemed indestructible.
But this is 2016, the year that felled Fidel Castro, along with a great many of our musical heroes and feline friends. We read the sad news on Tom Cox’s blog, where he pays tribute to his kind friend of so many years. With the recent loss of our beloved Luna, we at CatSynth can sympathize. We send our heartfelt condolences to Tom Cox and to the rest of his human and feline family.
Black cat Runkl keeps watch over a massive modular synth setup. Submitted by our friend Jeph Nor from Portland.
The handsome Marcel returns, and he wants to make sure we all know who owns this Roland SH-101 synthesizer. From Eric of polynominal.
Say hello to Marcel, a handsome black cat posing with his Arturia Microbrute synthesizer.
Marcel lives with Eric of polynominal.com, the home of the late great Mimì.
From Paul Hayworth via our Facebook page.
Identification of the synth is left as an exercise to the reader. If you can identify it, please leave a comment here or on Facebook 🙂
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.
Interview with Soft Lightning by I♥SYNTHS.
♥SYNTHS: You love your cats. Are they a big inspiration to your music? What are their names and what synths do they like the most?
Soft Lighting: I actually only have one cat and his name is Ziggy. My wife and I foster litters of kittens for our local shelter so we always have a bunch of new kittens around. They like ALL the synths and ALL the gear – especially hiding in the back of amplifiers.
There are quite a few more cat-and-synth photos in this post, I suspect a few more of them may show up here as well 🙂
Via matrixsynth, where you can read all the interviews with well-known synth artists and see quite a bit of classic and modern gear.