Today’s featured cat is Newtown, who proudly shows off his Yamaha Electone organ. From Silvia Alonso via Facebook.
A CatSynth video from the great Chris Marker
Marker’s cat naps peacefully atop a Yamaha DX7 synthesizer. From his collection Bestiaire aka Petit Bestiaire (1990), consisting of three ‘video haikus’:
- Chat écoutant la
musique— 2:47 min, color, sound (http://youtu.be/MrEHvDdEPrI)
- An Owl is an Owl is an Owl — 3:18 min, color, sound (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_j4H…)
- Zoo Piece — 2:42 min, color, sound (http://youtu.be/v8ZIfU4XGeU)
We at CatSynth love Chris Marker’s film Sans Soleil. It made an indelible mark on my thoughts about film and even inspired me to go find and visit the shrine dedicate to cats outside Tokyo that he featured. You can read about that adventure here.
No, that’s not Sam Sam, but a similarly marked cat (at least from the back). She is inside her own “synth fortress” with w Korg Poly-800, and Yamaha CS01, DX100, and VSS-30 synthesizers. From thedigitalpurrgatory on Instagram.
Her very own (almost) color-coded fortress of synths while the wooden cat watches her sleep. [Korg Poly-800, Yamaha CS01, Yamaha DX100, Yamaha VSS-30]
Handsome tabby Eli poses with a Yamaha Reface DX synthesizer. Submitted by Elias Laughton via our Facebook page.
Like Sam Sam and Luna, Eli was a shelter cat. We always love hearing about shelter cats finding their forever homes. If you are looking for a new feline addition to the family, please do consider adopting a rescue!
The Yamaha Reface DX is a reissue of the DX line from the 1980s, specifically, the 4-operator models like the DX27 or TX81Z. It lacks some of the TX81Z’s features like alternate operator waveforms but adds some new elements like continuing feedback and each operator. You can read more about it at Yamaha’s official page.
Today we have Zook posing next to a Moog Sub 37 synthesizer and atop a Yamaha CP4 stage piano. Submitted by Scott Blasko via our Facebook page.
This is a beautiful photo, and the lighting and texture are incredible! We can see Zook’s black fur, expression, and silhouette even against the dark background and the dark surface of the keyboard. Well done!
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.
Merlot the tuxedo cat showing off a new patch on the Yamaha DX21, one of Yamaha’s many classic 4-operator FM synthesizers.
From Andreas Gregor via Facebook.
Meet Eli! Here we seem him posing handsomely next to a Yamaha Reface DX synthesizer.
Eli, like Sam Sam and Luna, is a rescue cat, and is clearly thriving in his home 😺
The “Reface” series is Yamaha’s new line modeled on some of their classic instruments, similar to Roland’s “Boutique” line. You can read more about the Yamaha Reface DX here.
Szarik that cat returns in this video from From KATOD’s upcoming album. via our Facebook page.
HQ audio: https://katodmusic.bandcamp.com/track/haunted-single
Track from new, upcoming album (2018)
– Yamaha DX7
– Ambika synth
– electric guitar Jackson DK2S
– drums played on pads and written
– Atari 1040ST (as MIDI sequencer)
Written & directed by Mariusz Wasilewski
Girl #1 – Daria Cieniak
Girl #2 – Iwona Szylin
Boy #1 – Konrad Domaszewski
Boy #2 – Jakub Gryzowski
Cyborg cat #1 – Kamila Górka-Czarska
Cyborg cat #2 – Ilona Baran
Cat – Szarik cat
Camera operators: Stanisław Patejko, Mariusz Wasilewski, Marcin Czerwienny, Tomasz Kowal, Artur Tymański
Edited by Mariusz Wasilewski
Music performed by KATOD(Mariusz Wasilewski) – “Haunted” track from upcoming album (2018)
Make up & stylist, Catering & drinks – Sylvia Katarzyna, Kamila Górka-Czarska
Mateusz Raginia (Fiat 125p owner), Sebastian Tawgien (VW Golf 1 owner), Krzysztof Grudziński (Taxi driver & help)
Produced by Mariusz Wasilewski
There is definitely a 1980s theme in the aesthetic as well as the instrumentation 😺
Comes with cartridge 3, which allows you to factory reset the DX7. Also I will send you my sysex library which includes patches I’ve found and made. You can easily send sysex patches to the DX7 via MIDI and a sysex librarian program.
• Yamaha 3, 64 Patches
• Yamaha 4, 64 Patches
• Yamaha DX7 Data Cartridge, 32 Patches
• Bo Tomlyn’s Best of the USA, 64 Patches
• Bo Tomlyn’s Top Forty, 64 Patches
This was the coveted instrument in the mid 1980s that I didn’t have, though I did get a TX81Z module which I have to this day. These days, we at CatSynth also have a Yamaha TX802 module (essentially a multitimbral timbral module that shares the DX7’s 6-operator FM architecture), so not much need for another. But if you are looking for this (in)famous instrument, this auction might be worth a look.