Trash_Audio & Xart: Synth Meet 7

This is the official Spring Synth Meet in Chicago presented by Trash_Audio and Xart. We’ve hosted 6 of these events before and they keep getting more attention so much so that we had to start turning people away last time.

We’re having The Harvestman from Washington, Make Noise from North Carolina, STG from Illinois, and other guests that will be announced. There will also be new products making their debut from a few manufacturers including some from the aforementioned.

We’ll have to put a limit on the amount of people this time around because while these events are a great place to network, Xart’s studio is getting too packed! Also, if you’re a modular/pedal/synth manufacturer, I highly suggest you get in touch to have your gear laid out so people can experience it. If you’re interested in coming please e-mail:

Here are some videos of the past events:

Also, here is an advanced notice for another night we’re hosting in June:

Chicago Modular Musickal Extemporization Klinic June 19 2010

The XART Studio + Media Research Center will be hosting more fun for

2010. Charles Cohen + hair_loss (Color Is Luxury) will be in Chicago

to do a modular synthesizer/ electronics based improv workshop/clinic!

– a talk and demo of the architecture of the Buchla Easel – a

Performance + discussing and working up patches suitable for free

improv + small group jams / improv games- try ideas out, collaborate

(and listen!) + plenty of time for give and take all along the way!

Seating/Spots will be limited. This is a RSVP workshop with a modest donation.

If you are interested get on our list: email: please

put Chicago Modular Musickal Extemporization Klinic in the subject! We

will forward information.

Friday, May 7th: Plague Bringer, Abominable Iron Sloth, Sender Receiver, Surachai

May 7th, 2010

Cobra Lounge

235 North Ashland

Plague Bringer

The Abominable Iron Sloth

Sender Receiver


Come out! All nights at Cobra Lounge are free.

I’ll have shirts and stickers available.

Saturday, May 1st: Mayday Mayhem: Professor Kliq, Royb0t, Polyfuse and Millipede Live

Tomorrow night I’ll be playing live with some cool people. I am also going to do this show a little different then I have in the past, which means, no computer. Instead I am bringing out a small selection of acid gear. The setup now is x0xb0x, tr-808, drone commander, grundig shortwave radio, line 6 delay, alesis ineko multi fx, tube overdrive pedal, vintage multiband eq pedal, a soundcraft mixer and last but not least, some fancy lights.

Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 9:30pm, 21+

Silvie’s Lounge

1902 W. Irving Park Road

Chicago, IL


Facebook Event

Professor Kliq




How To Destroy Angels

Rumors rumors rumors… I don’t care what they say, this is great on it’s own.

How To Destroy Angels

01 from How To Destroy Angels on Vimeo.


04 from How To Destroy Angels on Vimeo.

03 from How To Destroy Angels on Vimeo.

Tip Top Audio: Z8000 – Stretta

In case you weren’t able to decipher what was going on in the video I made before – here is Stretta’s take on the Z8000. It sounds and looks way better than my video. Enjoy!

Z8000 Overview from GM on Vimeo.

Selected Discography at FiXT

All of our releases are now available all at one place, FiXT, which is great because our catalog of releases on shade:red was scattered all over the internet.

Polyfuse – No One Will Come Save Us
Polyfuse’s ‘No One Will Come To Save Us’ was an experiment in analog electronic sound. All normal creative practices were thrown out in place of something more immediate. The whole collection was completed with the most minimum setup possible* and captured in such a way that it could not be altered after the original performance. Take it, turn it up, set it free.
*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.

Justin McGrath – The Night That Laid Still
The Night That Laid Still’ is the third and final solo release from Justin McGrath, who has now moved on to other projects such as Polyfuse. This EP of atmospheric ambient sound is reminiscent of NIN’s quieter moments, with acoustic elements created by piano and strings meandering throughout. Purchases of the full EP include an 8 track bonus EP of remixes, ‘Reconstructions’.

Free Polyfuse Tracks and Albums:
One Quiet Moment (Single) (39.2 MB)
20 minutes of dark analog ambient music

The Persistent | The Unobtainable (Album) (91.8 MB)
An experimental album that was never completely finished, now yours for the taking

Incendiary Device (Single) (9.2 MB)
A free single from the upcoming album ‘The Speed Of Forever’

The Deep Element – Lapses
Surachai’s second release as IDM/Ambient/Post Rock project The Deep Element. Includes a cover of Clint Mansell’s “Stay With Me”.

The Deep Element – Currents
Before Surachai embarked on an exploration of brutal grindcore noise with his self titled project Surachai, the multi-talented musician experimented with glitchy, warm downtempo and IDM as The Deep Element. This debut album features covers of Karmakanik, jonbro, and Björk. Artwork by Sarah Lynn Wielusz.

Surachai – Decrepit
After two EPs of absolutely brutal analog noise-infused grindcore, Surachai’s fourth release returns to the purely experimental analog glitch soundscapes of his first album. Six tracks with corresponding artwork by Bridget Driessen follow the cycles and stages of a plagued memory.

Surachai – Designed Deficiency
Surachai’s third release continues to explore the grindcore-analog noise mix that appeared on the preceding EP, a genre the artist calls Plague Metal. Bridget Driessen also returns to contribute beautiful artwork once more.

Surachai – Programmed Cell Death
On his second release, Surachai takes the glitchy analog noise experimentation of his first album and wraps it around some truly traumatizing grindcore metal. Artwork by Bridget Driessen.

Surachai – Form
Surachai, who has previously created warm, downtempo IDM as The Deep Element and as one half of [Co]sen-tasi, throws listeners for a loop and runs in the opposite direction with his new self-titled solo project, Surachai. This first album contains fourteen tracks, each an experimental exploration into harsh, overdriven analog noise that altogether form a continuous 21-minute piece.

[co]sen_tasi – Cycled Seances
A followup EP to 2007’s Clarity in Japanese, Cycled Seances continues the IDM/downtempo/jazz fusion collaboration of analog noisemaker Surachai and jazz musician Jonathan Paul Robles.

[co]sen_tasi – Clarity in Japanese
Surachai, known for his downtempo/IDM project The Deep Element and his eponymous grindcore/analog noise counterpoint project, has also collaborated with jazz musician Jonathan Paul Robles to create [co]sen_tasi, a downtempo/IDM sound with elements of analog glitch and jazz fusion. This is their first album.

James Cigler Returns

James Cigler of the felix inferious blog is back with a new video featuring Make Noise’s Wogglebug. I used to watch James’s videos back when there was very little written and audio information on modules. Finding video a couple years ago, especially an informative demonstration, was nearly impossible. Someone needs to pay him to make these videos because they certainly shape the way people buy modules.

Tip Top Audio – Z-Burn Debut

Because most of you aren’t members of the Muffwiggler forum, I’m acting as a middle man most of time with these posts. Here is another such example. Tip Top Audio has announced their Z-Burn device that will work between a Z-DSP module and your computer with a usb cable. This is the first instance of open architecture for modules and I can’t wait to see what people start programming. No date or price yet but it’s time to get excited.

In Gur’s words: “It is a table top device with a USB connector and it comes with a Mac software (and yes, we will make PC version too…. ) that reads programs and allow you to burn your own cartridges and develop programs if you wish to. We plan to have a page on the TTA site that will hold programs for free download. This is btw. why we do not release the reverb cartridge as you will have some nice reverbs for free download there.

There are already few customers who got a Programmer directly from us and are writing some programs, I hope they will contribute to the free library we want to develop on the site.”

Tip Top Audio

Wavetable Acid Sessions with Devine and Josh Kay: Part 2!

You really can’t go wrong with this setup. Actually, I take that back, I’ve heard some lousy music with some of the the same gear, but Richard and Josh do it right! Check out part two of the session I posted yesterday and turn your speakers to the maximum setting.

Wavetable Acid Sessions with Devine and Josh Kay

Wavetable acid sessions with Roland TR-808, TB-303, TipTop-Z-8000,STG/SoundLabs Time Buffer, Graphic Sequencer, Trigger Sequencer, Cwejman VM-1, Harvestman Hertz Donut, and Piston Honda.