White Cat with Nerdseq and Massive Modular

A beautiful white friend returns, longing behind a Nerdseq tracker-sequencer and in front of the same massive modular system from this post. We also see modules on the vertical section from Rossum Electro-music, Make Noise, Mutable Instruments, Intellijel, TipTop Audio, SSF, Random Source “EuroSerge”, as well as Catalyst Audio, Ciat Lombarde, and Mystic Circuits.

From blush_response via Instagram.

The Nerdseq is an intriguing instrument, essentially an old 90s-style “tracker” sequencer in Eurorack form. The boxes on the screen would be familiar to anyone who worked with trackers and MOD files, but the flexibility and possibilities of CV input and output.

Behringer RD-8 and Modular

This cat is singing to accompaniment from a Behringer RD-8 Rhythm Composer and a modular system housed in Arturia RackBrute 6U case. We see offerings from Mutable Instruments, Dopfer, TipTop Audio, Behringer (again), Endorphines, and more.

Submitted by Michael Caves via our Facebook page.

CatSynth Pic: White Cat and Massive Modular

A beautiful white cat poses in front of a massive modular system. We familiar offerings from Rossum Electro-music, Make Noise, Mutable Instruments, Intellijel, TipTop Audio, and SSF. We also see Random Source “EuroSerge” modules; and some less common models from Catalyst Audio, Ciat Lombarde, and Mystic Circuits. And there is more that we weren’t able to identify right away. This cat has a truly impressive setup.

From blush_response via Instagram.

CatSynth Pic: Tuxedo Cat and Modular

A playful tuxedo cat with large modular system. A wide variety including Mutable Instruments, Bastl, Intellijel, Doepfer, Expert Sleepers, TipTop Audio, Pusherman and more.

From Christopher Atkins via Facebook.

CatSynth Pic: Pixel and Eurorack (in a box)

From our friend DJLahbug via Twitter.

this is Pixel. She’s building a eurorack! It currently lives in a cardboard box (makes sense since she’s a cat)

The box is a purrect container for a cat’s Eurorack. And we see quite a variety of modules here, including TipTop Audio, Pittsburgh Modular, Mutable Instruments, WMD, Bubblesound, and more…

CatSynth Pic: Elektron Octarack and Modular

Cure cat with an Elektron Octrack synthesizer and sundry synth modules, including Make Noise, TipTop and more.  From catsofmodular on Instagram.

Helping dad get unpatched for his gig tomorrow. 🎛😻 #catsynth #synthcat#modularsynth

CatSynth Video: Cat In Modular Synthesizer

Happy #caturday 😻🎛 #synthcat #catsynth 🔊

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From Matt Levy (machew) on Instagram. Watch the full video for the cat 😸.

A lot of familiar modules in this modular synth, including Make Noise Rene and Tempi, some TipTop audio, and more.

CatSynth pic: Lucy and TipTop Audio Station 252

Lucy and 252 case

Lucy the cat finds a comfortable spot behind a full TipTop Audio Station 252 modular synth system. From machew on Instagram.

Lucy’s new favorite spot is right behind the 252. #synthcat #catsynth #catsofinstagram

Analog Ladies at Robotspeak

Today we look back at the recent Analog Ladies edition of the Church of the Superserge that took place in late June at Robotspeak in San Francisco.

The Analog Ladies show featured solo performances by five women on analog synthesizers (along with some additional items). It was a diverse cross-section of musical and performance styles, with each artist being different focus to her set. First up was series regular Elise Gargalikis performing on a Serge Modular synthesizer with along with vocal samples and loops.

Elise Gargalikis

Gargalikis, who often performs as part of the duo, Slope114, has a mellifluous voice that rises above some of the noise sounds from the modular synth, while blending as a high note in longer drones.

Next up was Miss Moist, an Oakland-based electronic musician who describes her music as “electro candy pop // tropical kitsch”. She combined analog electronics with a Korg Electribe and Mini-Kaoss Pad.

Miss Moist
[Photo by Tom Djll.]

The result was a blend of rhythms and sweet tones that did indeed match the description, but also moments of harsh glitching and moderate noise hits before returning back to the main patterns.

The next set featured Jill Fraser performing on her vintage Serge modular synthesizer.

Jill Fraser

Jill Fraser’s set featured fully formed compositions ranging over different parts of her career all the way to very recent. Some were very abstract, but with intricately detailed sound design on the Serge. I’ve always been impressed with the woodwind-like sounds that some musicians have been able to get from this instrument. There were also some melodic and rhythmic pieces as well, reflective of her career in film and TV.

Next up was Mint Park, who performed with an analog modular synthesizer made composed primarily of TipTop Audio modules along with a laptop running Ableton Live!

Mint Park

Her performance was intense. A strong set of beats with punctuated breaks was feed through the modular with hard grating noise that worked well in context. She kept up the energy for the entire duration of the set.

Then it was time to take the stage as the final act of show.

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[Photo by Dmitri SFC]

For this set, I brought the full analog modular system, including some recent acquisitions such as the Hexinverter.net Mutant-Hijats – I opened the set with the Hihats controlled by the Make Noise Rene and the Moog Theremini. The Theremini, used exclusively as a CV controller for the modular synth, was the centerpiece of the set as it enabled full embodied performance. I also brought along the Garrahand drum, which works well fed into the Make Noise Echophon.

Amanda Chaudhary synthesizer setup

You can here my full performance in this video.

Amanda Chaudhary at Analog Ladies, Robotspeak, San Francisco from CatSynth on Vimeo.

I always try to make sure there is a variety of textures and energy-levels and weave together a narrative structure even within improvisation. Overall, I was very pleased with this set and the response from the large crowd.

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[Photo by Tom Djll.]

Indeed, all the artists were well received by the overflowing crowd at Robotspeak – it’s not a large place, but it was filled with synth enthusiasts and those who enjoy more adventurous music. This was the first Analog Ladies edition of the Church of the Super Serge, but I certainly hope it won’t be the last.

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[Photo courtesy of Robotspeak.]

CatSynth pic: Alpine and Tiptop Happy Ending Kit

Alpine and Tiptop Audio Happy Ending Kit

Alpine the cat demonstrates that a module-less Tiptop Audio Happy Ending Kit is as good a box as any. From Paul Burns via our Facebook page.