POLYFUSE – Live Analog Session

Every once in a while I like to hook up my ‘analog’ (No computers) setup and jam out while broadcasting the results on a videocast. Well, I was getting ready to disconnect all the gear in preparation for a big move so I thought’d I’d do one last analog session. This time I remembered to record the audio, so here it is. 1 hour and 22min of analog improvisations:

Direct Links to MP3’s:
Live Analog Session – Part 1
Live Analog Session – Part 2
Live Analog Session – Part 3

All part’s in one ZIP:
Download (183mb)


Recorded with the following:

Cwejman S1mk2
Grendel Drone Commander
Tubeworks Overdrive
Ross 10 Band EQ
Alesis Ineko
Soundcraft MFXi8

Stereo Output recorded with RME Fireface 800. Stereo two track mastered with UAD-2 Suite

Sonoio – Alessandro Cortini’s latest Project

sonoio1 from Alessandro Cortini on Vimeo.

I’ve been helping Ezio Alessandro Cortini put together some teaser videos for his latest project and album named Sonoio. In the following weeks Sonoio be posting videos, interviews and downloads that will lead to the release of the album, all of which will be found here.
For more information and up to date information visit his site: Sonoio.org

Future Workspace and Environment : Justin McGrath / POLYFUSE (Part 2)

Tons of progress has happened since my last post about this project I got myself into! When we first started, I assumed it would take a solid year before I was able to move any of my gear in. If everything goes as planned, I could be in there by mid-September. It may not be a completely ‘livable’ place by then, but it should have electricity, walls and a floor.

Here is the new and current plan we are moving forward with. We ended up running into an interesting problem with the plumbing situation that made us take our interior room layout plan and completely reverse it. This turned out to work so much better. Now the ‘back’ of the building will be the front, and the main entry door will be a large set of french doors. We also decided not to do dual sliding glass doors as we originally planned. Mainly because I really need the wall space for equipment and shelving. The other big change that happened is with the lofted bedroom area. In the original plans we thought this would only be a 10’x8′ room, but we are now extending the room into the other garage half of the building. So it will almost double in size and become a lot more usable.

From left to right are three rooms. Kitchen, bathroom and soundbooth. The soundbooth is about 5×7 feet or so. No drum recording will be happening in here, but that’s ok because I never do that kind of stuff. However, this room has an extra door on it that will lead out into the garage half of this building. So in the event that I need to record in a really big space, I’ll be able to open this door and run a snake out into the larger garage room. Of course I’ll have to figure out some means of acoustic treatment for that scenario, but this space will still be isolated from the main control room.

We’re still finishing up the interior framing and we’ll be running electric, CAT5e ethernet, and audio cables for an XLR / TRS patch panel in the sound booth. After that we’ll do all the drywall, lighting and maybe even a ceiling fan or two.

Future Workspace and Environment: Part 1

Harvestman Malgorithm Overview

Harvestman Malgorithm Bit Crusher

Volume drastically changes the response of how the Malgorithm interacts with the incoming signal.
Bit Crusher – Bit Depth goes from 1 to 8 bits.
Nyquist (Sample Rate) – 20kHz max.
Devil On activates the Volvulus modes – 8 total can be achieved through the 3 switches.
Rectify acts an overall distortion/waveshaper
Using an LFO as the source audio creates interesting results.

This Malgorithm in the video is the latest revision and here are the differences between the new and old:
Maximum bit depth has been extended to 10 bits. Maximum sampling rate is doubled.
The ‘devil’ section works a little differently: when engaged, the Bit Depth control changes function and becomes a modifier for your selected devil function. The rectify switch adds some high-frequency garbage in this mode instead of strictly rectifying the signal.

Harvestman – Hertz Donut Overview

Harvestman Hertz Donut Dual Oscillator

Primary Oscillator
3 waveforms: Sine, Triangle, Saw, and Pulse which has it’s own dedicated output and requires the Destination button to be held for it to activate.
All waveforms can be affected by the Waveform Discontinuity knob which is a waveshaper
To enable FM on the attenuated Frequency jack for the primary oscillator, hold down the Primary waveform select button.
All lights on = Linear
No lights = Exponential
Sync In for external audio rate signals

Modulator Oscillator
3 waveforms: Sine Triangle, Saw and can be LO (LFO) or (HI) Audio Rate modes.
Like Primary, Pulse has it’s own dedicated output.
Destination sends the modulator signal to the selected parameter. Frequency, Shape, and Amp.
Modulation Index determines the amount of signal being applied to the modulation.
Like Primary, to enable FM on the attenuated Frequency Jack, hold down Mod
XOR output.
To activate the XOR output hold the Destination button until XOR is lit.
Tracking determines how accurately the modulation finds the target: Bad, Worse, Stupid.

Harvestman – Piston Honda Overview

Harvestman Piston Honda Wavetable Oscillator

Waveforms can be scanned manually and also with CV.
Rom A – Noisy Waveforms
Rom B – Additive Waveforms
Rom C – Classic Waveforms
Rom D – Bosch Gardens
Morph Discontinuity determines length of transition.
Higher value knob settings on the the morph discontinuity cause sharper transitions.
Lower values cause the transitions to be smoothed.
Holding the Wave Discontinuity button (lights on) smooths out digital artifacts.
External signals can be processed.
In this mode the frequency knob acts as a pseudo volume/gain control.
Rom Select can be selected manually or with gates.
Hard Sync and FM are both achievable by sending audio rate (Hard Sync) or LFO (Hard Sync and FM) signal to the Frequency jacks.

Magnetic Stripper

Here is some serious next level gear porn from our Workspace and Environment participant Magnetic Stripper. His article can be found: HERE. The top video was mooched off of Matrixsynth if you couldn’t tell by the green Youtube skin. The bottom video is of his live setup. I’m glad someone is doing that but personally I’d have to say fuck touring at that point.

The Creators Project

There’s an amazing amount of interviews being conducted at The Creators Project that span the music, film, art, design, gaming, and fashion worlds. The range of workspaces the artists in which the artists create are as diverse as our Workspace and Environment series from the minimal pedals of Nick Zinner to the massive 8 person setup of Richie Hawtins live shows. The interviews themselves are technically great. What would you expect from Vice magazine, the people who brought the Vice Guide to North Korea?

Nordvargr & Surachai: Wilderness of Torrents

Wilderness of Torrents

A friend messaged me tonight saying while he was browsing his invite only torrent site, he came across my latest album with Nordvargr. You’ll see us at 6th place (click on the image for the larger version) with a torrent that is 28 files large. I was given the file and saw that the uploader purchased a box set, scanned the booklet and took shitty pictures of the CDs, patch and box.

You can download the album in two different higher quality formats with the properly digitized artwork HERE. If you want a CD, I have a few left, just e-mail trashaudio@gmail.com if you’re interested.

Displaced and Disorderly

displaced and disorderly

Saturday July 24th
Prometheus Burning presents:

Live performances by:



Art exhibitions by:

Industrial & Electro DJ sets by:

4016 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
21+ event – Doors at 9:00pm

$10 in advance / $12 at door
Tix @ Eides and Slacker or via email