I recently received this unusual transmission via a shortwave weather-fax signal that was bouncing off of the ionosphere and originating from none other than the Arctic Circle. It was too good not to re-broadcast to local viewers and enthusiasts. Neon Indian recently released an album called Era Extraña that came with a nice little three-oscillator noise synth that has many options for input, hacking and destruction. Co-developed by Bleep Labs, whom by now you are all familiar with, the PAL198X synth is now available for purchase outside of the album in case you missed it the first time around. There’s now even a ribbon controller expansion you can pick up for it.
Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo also has a contest running: Users of the PAL198X are encouraged to create and submit music and / or noise made on their PAL198X synth for a chance to have their own limited 7-inch vinyl released via Alan Palomo’s Static Tongues imprint! Full details, instructions and rules are available here. There’s also an example video submission created by Johnny Woods of LZX Industries: