Tweek and Satie, Modified Toy Piano, Modular

We’ve seen Tweek and Satie before on CatSynth, but I think this is the first time we have seen them together. Tweek is the tabby on the left and Satie is the gray on the right. Between them is a modified toy piano with springs and piezo microphone. The springs and the chamber of the toy piano make for some great resonance. And it is a purrfect input source for the modular system.

From Antoine Marroncles via Facebook. You can see Satie’s previous posts and Tweek’s previous posts via their links.

“Cat Synth” by Julia Makivic

This is so cool! The “Cat Synth” is a creative project by Julia Makivic that puts a simple electronic synthesizer inside a plush cat toy. From tink_punk via Instagram. Here it is in action, along with more photos.

Translated from Bosnian to “Google English”:

we can't wait for you to meet the instructor of our first workshop @juliamakivic on Saturday 💓Julia recently worked on an interesting CatSynth project in collaboration with researchers from the University of the Arts in London @ual_cci and we share her video and photos with you.

In this project, alt controller designers (aka makers) are connected with people with disabilities to create an accessible video game interface/controller for them. Julia's Cat Synth helps a pregnant woman with autism who wanted to find a way to bond with her baby and ease anxiety during medical appointments.

The CatSynth produces soothing sounds through a speaker located in the tail and has two modes: for motion and for touch. The touch was intended for moments when the pregnant woman felt tired and did not move much.

Satie, Modular, 0-Ctrl

Satie joins us again. This time he has a Make Noise 0-Ctrl, an impressive modular system that includes offerings from Erica Synths, Mutable Instruments, Make Noise, Intellijel, and Bear Modules. There are also a couple of intriguing DIY instruments at Satie’s disposal.

From Antoine Marronclɘs of DAFAKE, via Facebook.

Jet and 9090 Analog Drum Synthesizer

Jet the black cat inside a synthesizer case.  A 9090 Analog Drom Synthesizer sits in front.

Jet sits somewhat stealthily inside a Ross Lamond VCS3 cabinet. In front, we see a 9090 Analog Drum Synthesizer. From Keith Winstanley via Facebook.

The 9090 is a DIY kit based on the legendary Roland TR-909 drum machine. The original site is here, and there is still an active Facebook group about them. You can find fully build versions there as well as on Reverb, etc.

You can see Jet’s previous appearances on CatSynth here.

Chase Bliss Blooper and Circuit-bent Walkman

This cat is completely bilssed-out next to a Chase Bliss Blooper pedal and circuit-bent Walkman (speed controls). Between the cassette and the pedal, a lot of looping fun to be hand here.

From Antoine Marronclɘs via Facebook.

The Blooper is an intriguing little pedal, and looks quite practical for looping fun. From Chase Bliss’s website:

Within this little blue rectangle is an intricate machine to explore, unravel, and make your own, with infinite opportunities and outcomes…there is loop saving, eight layers of undo and redo, and external syncing. On the creative end, there are two channels of modifiers, a lo-fi Stability control, and three looping modes. blooper’s heart is Additive mode, which allows you to record sound modifiers directly into the loop like any other overdub.

https://www.chaseblissaudio.com/shop-pedals/blooper

Maneki-Tekno

I love this! A maneki-neko turned into a DIY electronic musical instrument. I need to make one of these and will definitely be following up with the creators and curators for more. I do regret not seeing this in person as it was at the Center for New Music here in San Francisco, but this was 2020 and we know how that was.

Fortunately, we can all see some scenes from this video show via this link.

CatSynth Video: Cat Sound Bath Research #3

Beautiful and hypnotic “sound path” performance from Kamal Sabran. The kitten seems very relaxed and content listening to it, as do I.

We see an Arturia Microbrute, Kaoss pad, and a wide variety of items including a classic reel-to-reel tape recorder, circuit toys, analog oscilloscope, and more. You can see a previous post from Kamal Sabran here.