“The Cats” along Highway 17 near Los Gatos, California.
We kick off this week with an epic photo featuring two cats and a massive modular synthesizer system. One of them has decided that the modular is a great spot for a nap.
From blush_response via Instagram.
We see both cats lounging in the rather impressive synth studio of Space Kitty. Found via Space Kitty’s Facebook page.
Really? I just fed you guys.
From our friends at polynominal.com:
2 duellings cats – Duel remix (propaganda / yamaha dx5 + linndrum)
Of course, every day is National Cat Day (or International Cat Day) here at CatSynth. But we are marking the occasion by letting Sam Sam and Big Merp share their own pics. Above, we see Sam Sam in one of her favorite spots in the studio, in front of the Yamaha TX802 and cassette deck. Sam Sam would also like to share her recent studio video.
And lest Big Merp is left out of the fun, here is a pic of him hanging out behind the main modular synth.
Yoshi (tabby) and Blix (black) are relaxing in the studio. I see a Behringer Deep Mind 12, and Korg R3, Electribe, and Volca Beats. Submitted by Manny Tejeda via our Facebook page.
From Synth & Sundry on YouTube, via matrixsynth.
“Starting to make a new track with the Teenage Engineering OP-1. First I go through some of the sounds I used and then an initial arrangement that I hope to build on. My two cats came to see what I was up to in the process of shooting this.”
Adorable video of two kittens playing on a piano. I for one hear quite a bit of musicality in this – and the look into the camera by the tuxie at the end is priceless.
It’s been a week of both progress and setbacks as we work to make a happy home for both Sam Sam and Big Merp. To help give Sam Sam more of a sense of territorial ownership over the loft level, and to give her more diversions, we bought her a wall-to-ceiling cat tree. After tentatively exploring it for a week or so, she finally claimed her place on the top platform as “queen of the loft within the loft.”
With these and other steps, she has been becoming bolder and more confident. I was able to capture this close-up showing her radiating happiness and beauty.
We also got her a Cat Cave, a cozy and calming little place to sleep, which she liked as well.
Another positive step is that she was able to remain while Big Merp entered the room. No fight or flight. Things were tense but peaceful, and both cats hung out in the same space for quite a while.
Sadly, it was not to last. By the latter half of the week, Sam Sam had retreated back to hiding in the studio, while Big Merp resumed encroaching on her spaces. I know that he just wants to play and be where the action is. Whether I’m doing business or creative work in the studio, he always wants to be nearby and be “the little helper.”
Indeed, there were enough studio pics from the last few days that we will feature him in a “Man-Cat Monday” post tomorrow complete with synthesizers. On the downside, the studio is one again becoming ground zero in the territorial conflict between him and Sam Sam. I do really want comity between them or at least detente, so we can all enjoy these spaces together.