Xandra with FolkTek, Moog and other modules

The beautiful Xandra – a Siamese oriental shorthair cat – sits proudly in front of a modular system featuring offerings from FolkTek, Moog, Malekko and more. Xandra fits purrfectly with the aesthetics of the FolkTek modules.

From Ignus Ajpuu viua Facebook.

CatSynth Pic: Luna and Modular

We at CatSynth always love meeting other cats named Luna. This Luna once hid behind a 6U Eurorack modular case when she was a kitten. It is reported that she is too big for this space now.

Submitted by @panic_hardware via our Twitter account.

My cat luna hiding behind the 6U case when we first got her. She’s a little too big these days for this

We invite intrepid readers to try and identify the modules – quite challenging from this angle.

Orion with Modular and Elektron (Make Noise, Doepfer, Flight of Harmony)

An older photo of Orion with an Elektron Analog Four (Mk1) and a Eurorack system featuring a Flight of Harmony Choices joystick, various offerings from Make Noise and Doepfer, and more.

Submitted by Justin Sullivan (@justin3am) via our Twitter account.

A Perfectly Clear Day 2021

I have on many years posted “A Perfectly Clear Day” on September 11. This 20th anniversary may be the last.

In November of 2001, I was back in New York and went to an exhibition of 9-11 photography. I purchased this print of a photo by Anthony Domino (with proceeds going to victims’ and first-responders’ funds).

It is a beautiful picture of a horrific ruin. I had it framed. But I can’t look at it often. It sits safely in a closet.

As for today, I don’t know that I could express the mixed feelings any better than I did on A Perfectly Clear Day 2018, so I invite you to read that. The thing that is different now is the pandemic. A far larger, far more catastrophic event. And this time I have not been able to go back to New York. I did not go at all in 2020, and whether or not I will be able to go in 2021 remains a question. The fear, anger, and trauma I have in 2020/2021 are no longer turned outward towards an external threat, but rather inward at people in our own country. But that is a story for another, less perfectly clear day.

So much has happened and changed in 20 years. It is time to put this tradition to rest.

Wordless Wednesday: Thomasson

A “Thomasson” – an architectural feature that no longer serves a purpose but is still maintained – along the Lyon Street steps in the Pacific Heights section of San Francisco.

To find out more about Thomassons, please check out SF Thomassons Performance Tour and many other posts.


Stay at home concert #30 (Ambient / Berlin School Session)

That is one patient cat! Just chilling in the corner for the entire concert.

I also quite like the combination of instruments: vintage Juno-60 and Oberheim Xpander synthesizers along with the newer Arturia MicroFreq, Sequential Rev2, Moog Sub37, and more.

By Martin Stürtzer on YouTube, via matrixsynth.

“It is time for another Ambient / Berlin School session! I prepared three long tracks with pads and sequences from the Oberheim Xpander, Waldorf Iridium, Roland Juno-60, Sequential Rev2, Moog Sub37, Arturia Microfreak and my modular system. All sounds are midi sequenced from Ableton. FX are coming from U-He Colour Copy, NI Raum. The Rev2 is connected to Strymon Timeline and Eventide H9. My Juno-60 is clocked from Ableton ‘CV Tools’ through an audio output of the RME 802. I am playing the Arpeggiator and hope to have a proper midi interface for it next time.”

Valentino with Elektron RYTM & Octatrack

This is not Big Merp. It’s our friend Valentino, who has found a nice napping spot between the Elektron RYTM and Octatrack and the computer (with an Orion interface). We also see a Red Panda Particule pedal.

Via Patricia Wolf on Twitter.

Had to unplug the RYTM + Octatrack because that’s where he wants to sleep right now.

As the late great Serena Toxicat said, “A cat does what a cat does” 😸

You can see more of Valentino’s appearances on CatSynth via his tag.