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Venetian Snares & Wisp w/Surachai

Alright, a few things. I haven’t been posting here lately because of the tour and this past show, I don’t know what Justin’s excuse is but we’re working on a few things for november including the Trash_Audio and Xart Studios Synth Meet 5 on the 15th. If you’re interested in coming, start sending me e-mails at trash@thedeepelement.com with your name, what you’re bringing and who you’re bringing. You’ll receive a reply around the first week of November. Anyways, if Venetian Snares and Wisp run through your town on their tour, check them out!

Tonight, 303% (Chicago)


Tonight @ Around The Coyote (Chicago) and The Smell (LA)

Tonight in Chicago I’ll be playing an extended dark-ambient set at the opening party for Around the Coyote. Full details here. Also, I got my Drone Commander in the mail and I am pretty happy/impressed by it, I am going to bring it out tonight for the good old ‘live show’ test and early next week I’ll have a full review with some sound examples.

I have three other shows in Chicago coming up soon, including a full on Acid event on Wednesday, details @ polyfuse.net

Also, if you’re the LA area, Surachai is playing an excellent show tonight @ The Smell with Captain Ahab, DJ Skull Vomit (Tony of Eustachian) and Basek. Details/flyer here.

Necrophagy Tour: This Week!

If you’re on the West Coast, Dj Skull Vomit (Tony from Eustachian), Baseck and Surachai are coming this week.

Monday, tonight, we’ll be melting Seattle at Rebar, Portland at Plan B on Tuesday, San Francisco at 5lowershop on Thursday, LA at The Smell on Friday, LA with Droid Behavior Saturday and Creative Space on Sunday.

We’ll be playing alongside Captain Ahab at The Smell in LA, Kid606 at the Droid Behavior 7 year anniversary party, and at Creative Space. If you think three dates back to back in L.A. is a lot, you’re right but each night we’re doing something different. At the Smell we’ll be doing our standard tour style. At Droid, Tony and I have a joint set where we’ll merge sets. At Creative Space we’ll be more focused on metal as the venue will have other metal acts that night!

A few days after the tour I’ll be playing with Venetian Snares and Wisp at Reggie’s in Chicago. Then I’ll go into hibernation. You’re welcome to join.

Grendel Drone Commander by Eric Archer

Just a quick update…Either at the end of this week or early next week I’ll be receiving a new synthesizer I’ve ordered from Eric Archer. It’s the Grendel Drone Commander, and quite honestly, my favorite thing about it is that it is built into a military ammunition case. It also happens to be a very interesting and great sounding drone based synth. When it arrives I’ll have photos, video and a review of the one I ordered (their look is highly customizable) and soon I’ll have an interview with the creator who is also working on some other interesting projects.

The Drone Commander is now in stock at Analog Haven if you’d like to order one right away. Otherwise, the lead time is generally three weeks if you want the faceplate/knobs/text customized to your tastes.


New Free Polyfuse Release…

I’ve just wrapped up a quick Polyfuse release titled ‘No One Will Come To Save Us’ that is a complete diversion from how I would normally make music. Typically I would do everything on the computer, in Logic, and record any outside elements in. This time I tried something new and went for the ‘all hardware’ approach, so no computer was used. I picked the most minimal setup possible and used it throughout the whole album: x0xb0x, TR-808, Moog Prodigy, Grundig G5 (A shortwave radio), Line6 DL-4 pedal, TubeWorks RT-901 overdrive pedal, Alesis Ineko and a TC Electronics M300 all plugged into a small 10 channel mixer. From there I just improvised and recorded long sets which I then cut the best parts out of to put on the album. Anyway, it’s all done now, it’s streaming on my site and it’s completely free! Get it here…

polyfuse.net

Also, I’ve decided to make one of my previously released albums free now. ‘The Night That Laid Still’ is an EP + Remixes and a high resolution video. You can get that at the link below. This release is a completely different side of me and is mostly atmospheric/ambient music with touches of violin, upright bass, and pianos.

The Night That Laid Still


This Week: Comfort Zone

This week will be a strange one. Out of the three events I have going on, I’m only comfortable with today. I’ve played at and seen some amazing shows at Ronny’s before – It’s a shithole that everyone loves.

Tomorrow, I have a radio interview at WCRX 88.1 FM at Columbia College located downtown Chicago and is a student run show. What’s strange about this is that the radio host thought Surachai was a complete band and when I warned him it’s just me, he continues to write ‘you guys’ in his e-mails. So, I’ll just have to trick Justin into coming and say he’s my drummer, whoever else wants to come can be assigned a role.

The strangest is on Friday. I’m playing a show at a venue that wrote me a myspace message: “hey do you need anything? and btw, do you have a pa system?” Uhhhhhhh… maybe I can share my in ear monitors with someone that comes to the show.

WCRX 88.1 – 10PM Tuesday, September 15th – You’ll need VLC to listen

Surachai Muxtape

Temporary Post – Polyfuse + Surachai This Weekend

Plans have changed!

Thursday, September 3rd – Chicago – Tacoskull has added Surachai to their lineup! Polyfuse + Surachai = Trash_Audio!

Friday, September 4th – Detroit – Schizophrenia has added Surachai to their pre-party lineup!!

See you crazy people tonight and this weekend!

TacoSkull Information

Schizophrenia Information



If you were interested in seeing me tonight in Akron, Ohio please still make it out there to support Eustachian! It will destroy you!

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.



PolyfuseMusic

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

SurachaiMusic

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 trash@thedeepelement.com