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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

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.

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.

Logic Studio 9

Shipping now…read about it here.

Photos from the T_A Meetup in Chicago…

Well, I forgot to post these back when it happened, so I am doing it now! I am also getting ready to move Trash_Audio headquarters into a more suitable area. We’ll do this again once all my wires are covering the new place…

And there’s more in the Flicker set here!


These four artists have been working on an installation piece for the past 2 months and its ….. well, you’ll have to see it for yourself. Maybe if I tell you what I’ve done so far, you can imagine the size and density of the piece. So far I have eight speakers that will be hidden in the structure, four on the top landscape and four on the bottom cavern. While the structure has a vague story, each speaker will emphasize it with partnering the neighboring objects with voices and sound effects. The best way I could describe it is if the internet manifested itself physically (without goatse and the like), it would be this thing. Anyways I hope to see some of you guys on Saturday for the opening but honestly, I’d wait for another day when the structure will be there but the loud crowds won’t. Of course if you like socializing, mingling and flexing your muscle, see you then Saturday.

Tip Top Audio: Z2040 Audio Demos

I worked on some demos for the Tip Top Audio Z2040 and they can be found: Here!

Since it’s there are no details on the Tip Top Audio page, I’ll take a second here to explain how the Z2040 fit into these tracks.

– Plagues was done in the typical Surachai fashion: Jamming a bunch of synths tracks together with a metal ensemble plus a little devil worshipping and viola. Specifically though, on the synth side there is a lot going on actually and the patch was too large for me to remember. It was one of those patches where every module in my system was used and the output was being filtered with the Z2040 at the output.

– Thirteenbreaths was a simple track using only two Z3000’s, Z2040, Logic’s crappy piano and some ghost sauce.

– Tacid was composed live with Justin McGrath on the Xoxbox and two Z3000’s then later edited down. Everything was being run through the filter except the drums and Justin’s attitude.

– Bpshiedv1 was actually an old track sitting on my computer for a few years with parts laid out for strings and winds. I tried to recreate a orchestral feeling using only the Z3000’s and the Z2040 filtering them.

All these tracks were done in a course of a week and are mixed with a ‘demo’ mentality. Enjoy.

Find out more information on Tip Top Audio: Here!

Live: Surachai, Xrin Arms, Sir Vixx

I claim no responsibility for the flyer. Though… I wish I could, I’d be getting all sorts of freelance rave poster work. I have to say that this is one of the rare occurrences where the venue image is appropriate to the sound.

See you next Tuesday, July 14th at the Cobra Lounge in Chicago.

Starts at 9 and is free! Come hang out with Justin and I.


Xrin Arms

Sir Vixx