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Harvestman: Hertz Donut

This is nothing terribly new as The Harvestman Hertz Donut Oscillator been announced and anticipated for quite some time but finally it’s ready to be…. pre ordered. September, 7th 2009 marks the day where analog purists will start to question their equipments efficiency and functionality when this beast gets released. As with all Harvestman products, there are many special features which take its modules one step further and this oscillator is definitely a little more than a bleep producer. In layman’s terms (aka the only terminology I’m familiar with) the module has a primary oscillator with a secondary modulation oscillator to enhance/destroy your sound. The secondary modulation oscillator can be routed to your primary frequency – creating FM synthesis within one module, shape – creating a psuedo waveshaping effects, and amplitude – which creates AM synthesis. All in one module.

Listening to the audio sample below I’m asking whether any of my single modules, be it digital or analog – hell, even my computer can do this? Up front, no. If I spent a great 30 minutes to patch something up, maybe… but hell I could’ve been using that time to be melting faces off.

Well, I have to clean myself off and try to go about my day… with that whole socializing and relating to other people on an emotional level.

– Technical info: Here

– Purchasing info: Here

Stupidtriangle by harvestman

Leaving Our Apartments

It’s that time of year where Justin and I make our rounds into the night. We’d love for you to come out with us – First one is this friday.


August 21st, 2009 – Chicago, IL – Chelsea House Garden Ballroom (w/Millipede, Aphorism)- Info

September 3rd, 2009 – Chicago, IL – Castle Tacoskull (Schizophrenia PrePreParty w/Sickboy) – Info

October 3rd, 2009 – Chicago, IL – Kinetic Playground – Info


September 3rd, 2009 – Kent, OH – Europe Gyro (Schizophrenia PrePreparty w/Eustachian) – Info

September 4th, 2009 – Detroit, MI – (Schizophrenia Preparty w/Xanopticon, S/M, Rtype) Info

September 14th, 2009 – Chicago, IL – Ronny’s (w/in the age of terminal static) – Info

September 18th, 2009 – Chicago, IL – Mortville (Xrin Arms, EYESEARSNOSE) – Info

October 17th, 2009 – Los Angeles, CA – Droid Behavior (/w Kid 606)

October 23rd, 2009 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Live (w/ Venetian Snares, Wisp) – Info

* Pending: October X, 2009 – Los Angeles, CA – The Smell (w/Captain Ahab, Eustachian)

* Pending: October X, 2009 – San Francisco, CA – 5lowershop (/Eustachian)

^ If you are interested in booking Surachai and Eustachian on the West Coast in October, send an e-mail to

X-art Studios hosting Bi-monthly Sessions

I received this e-mail from Xart:
“Chicago modular/noisebox Jamhub sessions!

Gear show and tell is great, and I had a great time meeting all of you! I think it time to ‘jack it up’ a notch in our local modular /noisebox community. I am going to volunteer to host bi-monthly Sunday Improvised Jam Sessions.
The idea would be to plan a theme + setup our playing rules + jam session etiquette and meet for 3 hours and play . . . We can also expand this to a improv silent film night, etc. I would like to propose we do this in the late afternoon/early evening on Sunday as a productive close to the weekend. I want to keep this as low-tek and accessible as possible to get people out of their apartments/home/bedrooms and make some noise. After doing some research on the best way to set this up (In an urban space) I came across the JAMHUB. Fukcing brilliant. idea that will reduce the need for excessive volumes and allow each person to be set to the same volume and each musician decides how loud each person should be, no more battle of the egos ! (or pissed of neighbors!)

I made some calls as it is expected to ship in early September. I will set up the fist JAMHUB improv. session at the X-ART studio as soon as we get it in.
We will obviously have a limited number of ‘seats’ for each session, but I want to get to the point where I set this up bi- weekly with a rotating group of people. Anyone interested?”

If you are, send an e-mail to

Trash_Audio Synth Meet 3: Victory

I’m declaring victory! We saw the entire range from noise boxes to full on modular systems in plenty of different formats. If it makes noise, we’re into it. Thanks to all that came out and to Rob who hosted the party at his studio. Also thanks to Justin who accidentally the entire meet but I’m giving him a break because driving from Tennessee in stormed traffic sounds way worse than hanging out with modular dudes. I’m just going to say it because I’m the decider: We have the best noise crew on the planet.

Oh and if you’re a modular/noisebox/pedal/synth manufacturer, I highly suggest you get in touch with me at for the next meet.

Stretta: Z2040

If you want a video done right, look no further than Stretta. A wonderfully informative, technical and beautiful video on Tip Top Audio’s Z2040. It gives a great introduction on the basics of the module while providing many ideas on how to use the filter to its full potential. I’m excited that someone knows how to make decent videos around here!

TipTop Audio Z2040 from GM on Vimeo.

Reminder: Trash_Audio Synth Meet 3

Despite the initial problems with throwing an event (scheduling conflicts that resulted with three date changes, a quick search for a place to host), we already have a healthy amount of people coming out on Sunday, August 16 and spending their sunday nerding out with an incredible amount of gear. If you want to be a part of this, e-mail me at for information on how to get there and what to bring. For the original post, just look down or if you’re lazy click: Here.

Tonight, Chicago…(Update)

Tonight I am going to attempt a live improvised set with just the Cwejman S1, Virus TI and a bit of reverb. This event is completely free and ‘Planet Earth’ will be screened during the sets.


August 04, 2009






Screening: EYES and Planet Earth – Deserts

Free – no cover

9pm – 2am

Update: Here’s a few video clips that Surachai assembled of the set, Kind of hard to hear, but you’ll get the idea.


Our Trash_Audio Synth Meet 3 is less than 2 weeks away. Send me an e-mail if you’re interested in coming. There has been a healthy response so far and without a doubt, this will be the heaviest one! Be square and be there!

Powering off and on the system creates some strange warm up sounds that I can’t seem to achieve otherwise.

Flight of Harmony: Choices + Plague Bearers

I’ve been meaning to make a quick video of the Choices and Plague Bearer modules together for some time because they’re quite a dangerous combo. You find yourself in a field of distortion and screams almost instantly. The patch is a bit complicated but essentially both the X and the Y axis outputs are going into mults, those mults are plugged into the Plague Bearers along with a Tip Top Audio Z2040 Cutoff. The audio sources are coming from Tip Top Audio Z3000’s FMing each other. I used a combination of the room and line audio so a fan is audible.

Trash_Audio Synth Meet 3

Now that I have all the issues worked out with schedules, the official date will be Sunday, August 16th 2009. It’ll be an early evening affair because Rob, who is hosting, says he ‘don’t like hanging out with you that much,’ and I have to agree.

As always, there will be an abundance of gear from all spectrums of the modular and electronic instrument world. We encourage you to bring as much gear as you want (a lot hopefully) and we’ll supply the power and mixers. If past parties are any indication on how this night will go, it will surely be an eye opening night that will make you lust hardcore. Also everyone will be drunk.

Send an e-mail to and I’ll reply with an address and any additional information you require.