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Source of Uncertainty: Buchla Concerts and Modular Synth Fair

Source of Uncertainty celebrates the Buchla 200e and DIY modular synthesis. Centering around two free New York City concerts, on June 28th and July 7th, the series is a collaborative initiative of New York-based curatorial organizations, Harvestworks and ((audience)), and takes place as part of the River to River festival. The first event will feature a modular synth fair and we will be interviewing Buchla musicians for a program on Art on Air. See bios, exhibitors, links below.

Complete Details and Fundraiser

Thurs June 28th // South Street Seaport // 210 Front Street NYC
Control Voltage Faire 3-8pm
Buchla Recital ft Alessandro Cortini, Carlos Giffoni, Mark Verbos 8-10
Late concert ft Xeno & Oaklander and Loud Objects

Sat July 7 // Schimmel Arts Center // 3 Spruce Street NYC
Richard Lainhart tape piece
Morton Subotnick premiers “Energy Shapes”


Michael Barber – Weevil
Todd Barton – Etudes
Todd Barton – Vignettes
Lyonel Bauchet – 250e Sequencing
Johan Boberg – Four
Doug Clauder – 250 Enable
Alessandro Cortini – Paris 1
Richard Lainhart – Lines In Sand
Richard Lainhart – Ludus II
Jose Luis Maire – Noche Abrasada
Damon Menne – Particularumbrella
Bob Ostertag – Motormouth
Joe Pascarell – Talk 22 Air
Joe Pascarell – Kolor Me
Giorgio Sancristoforo – Les Hyper-Sons
Jon Schatz – Primal

The Harvestman
Main Drag
Make Noise
MeMe Antenna
Snazzy FX

T_A NAMM 2012

Thank you Scott McGrath, our sponsors, the crew behind Wham Bam, and everyone that came to the BBQ. We’ve learned a lot from this experience and hopefully will be able to accommodate everyone we turned away next year. We hope to see both coasts for T_A events in 2012 but more information on that later…

The photo session in the video was run by Sarah Sitkin and her work can be found here: Sarah Sitkin’s Flickr! She’s responsible for the visual glory on To No Avail and a session with Sonoio. You can read an interview with her about her work on To No Avail here: Sarah Sitkin To No Avail Interview. Below are some selects from photoshoots from this past weekend.

Richard Devine

Nayib of Gorillabox

Scott & Julie Jaeger of Harvestman


WHAM BAM: Richard Devine, Surachai, Drumcell, More!

Friendly Integration & Baseck present the 5th Annual: WHAM BAM!

Richard Devine
[D]Squared (Derek Michael & Baseck)
The Tleilaxu Music Machine
Nero’s Day at Disneyland

Friday January 20th, 2012. 9PM – 4AM
Downtown Los Angeles!
Directions & Info: 323-213-9736

Facebook Event Page


January 21st, 2012
$20 – Beer, Food, Fun
RSVP is full! See you there!

Our generous sponsors:

GearTrack, the organizational tool, marketplace, and answer to the music industry’s age-old problem of instrument theft, is currently in development. Through the creation of its searchable database, GearTrack aims to address four main goals: instrument and music gear management, to become a communicative platform and place for exchange, provenance for all levels of musicianship, and prevention of theft through the power of community.


You know about Matrixsynth already, it’s probably the reason you heard of our site. I’ve wasted months off my life staring at this site but at the same time getting schooled with “everything synth”. A valuable resource for news/researching, synth pr0n and watching incredible and incredibly horrible videos.

Tip Top Audio

Gur of Tip Top Audio has been dubbed “the smartest man in the room” by his competitors and the quality of his new-school meets old-school designs is a testament to this statement. Redesigning a Prophet filter, TR-808 drum instruments or making technological advances with the Z-DSP computer module – Tip Top Audio is making new audio tools with a nod to the past.

Make Noise Music

Tony Rolando, formally of Moog, has a deep musical background which is very apparent in Make Noise’s designs. Emphasis is placed on performance orientated modules and these modules breathes new life into entire modular systems. With products like the Pressure Points and RENÈ the word ‘presets’ become a reality and performance becomes a possibility. Oh, Make Noise loves vactrols too.

Harvestman Digital Electronics

Scott Jaeger embraces the advantages of analog and digital worlds and combines them into hybrid destroyers of the audio spectrum. If bitcrusher, wavetable distortion, and circuit bending mean anything to you, you’ll understand the potential destructive force behind Harvestman’s designs but the strange thing is – his modules play very well with others as well.

Twisted Tools

Twisted Tools offer an incredible amount of products for such a young company. Their Reaktor patches create sounds you’ve probably heard but never dreamt would be in your control. The layouts and designs are inviting and not littered with hard to reach menus. Focusing on From beautiful performance oriented Reaktor patches to stunning sample packs, Twisted Tools knows what the seasoned musician wants.

Late Night Desires
Anonymous donor. Enjoy this site.

Scott Jaeger (Harvestman) – September 2010

Scott Jaeger of Harvestman performs in Chicago at the Trash_Audio & Xart Synth Meet 8 on September 18, 2010

Cameras – CCDM, Jamie Pool, Dave Jones, Surachai
Edit – Surachai

Lichens, Alessandro Cortini, Surachai, Volunteer Park – Brooklyn Dec 11

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Lichens)
Alessandro Cortini (Sonoio)
Surachai (Modular Set)
Volunteer Park (Aviram Cohen)

Sunday December 11, 2011
Doors 8pm. Show 9pm

Death By Audio
49 South 2nd street

Charles Cohen – June 2010

It’s a bit overdue but I’ve been meaning to move a couple videos from ExposureRoom to YouTube. Here is Charles Cohen from a clinic Xart and Trash_Audio had in the summer of 2010. Coming up is Harvestman performance at Synth Meet 8.

Xart and Trash_Audio hosted Charles Cohen and Tyler (together known as Color is Luxury) from Philadelphia for a day of guided improvisation workshops and conversation. Their style of improvised electronics has been garnishing attention internationally, particularly Cohen’s mastery of the Buchla Music Easel. Here is their performance from June 19th in Chicago.

Charles Cohen

Chicago Video Synth Workshop with LZX Industries

Chicago 2011 Analogue Video Synthesizer Workshop with Lars Larsen of LZX Industries.

Saturday November 5, 2011 – 1PM

The XART Lab will be hosting more fun for 2011. Lars Larsen of LZX Industries will be in Chicago to speak at our first Analogue Video synthesizer workshop! – Learn about the history of analog video synthesis – a talk and demo on the architecture of the LZX Modular – module overview – interface standards – module selection for video – video performance tips and tricks – discussing /working up patch ideas suitable for video – try things out – collaborate (and listen!) + Plenty of time for give and take all along the way!

A rough schedule is in the works – we plan to keep this low stress, casual and fun!

Seating/Spots will be limited (to about 20-ish people). This is a RSVP workshop with a modest donation.

If you are interested email: please put Chicago Analogue Video Synthesizer Workshop in the subject!

Atari Teenage Riot, Otto von Schirach, Surachai – Chicago Sept 28

Atari Teenage Riot is ending their North American tour in Chicago on September 28th, 2011 with Otto von Schirach and Surachai. If last year’s Chicago show was any indication on how this show will go; it’ll tear you apart. Here’s the first of four informal videos we did with ATR.

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 8PM
Reggie’s Rock Club, Chicago, IL
$25 – 17+


Big Black Delta – September Residency

Our friend Jon from Big Black Delta is holding down a residency at The Satellite in Los Angeles every monday in September. Luckily, I get to be in attendence tonight! There are three shows left with a ton of supporting acts, all for free! Tell them you’re on the guest list.

Tic Tic Boom!
Digital Daggers
Paper Angels

Mon, September 12, 2011 – 8:30pm
The Satellite
1717 Silverlake Boulevard
Los Angeles
Free – 21+

Big Black Delta

Betamax from Big Black Delta on Vimeo.

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