Tip Top Audio – Z8000

For the past week, I’ve seen this module popping up randomly on the intertubes and everyone was more confusing than the last. In an effort to try to explain the module to myself, I thought I’d leave the camera rolling. I break down the components and explain everything individually then show how things can get especially chaotic and inspiring. If you can’t follow the video or don’t understand – There are notes below that I followed during the video:

The Z8000 is composed of 10 separate sequencers that can run independently from each other.

Eight of the sequencers are 4 steps and these are indicated by the red lights

Four of these four step sequencers go horizontally.

The other four – four step sequencers go vertically.

The sixteen step sequences are indicated by two green lights and they both begin on the top left.

One of the sixteen step sequencers cycle through the matrix horizontally.

The other sixteen step sequencer cycles through the matrix vertically.

Some common attributes to all of the ten sequencers are:

The clock – which makes the sequencer move. All the sequencers can move to different clocks but the four step sequencers are bit different. For example the horizontal rows, 1/2/3/4, all follow row 1’s clock. This link can be broken by inserting the clock into 2/3/4 or multiple clocks into multiple rows. This also applies to the vertical rows of a/b/c/d

Reset – when it receives signal it starts the sequence back at the beginning

Direction – when this jack receives a constant positive signal – it reverses the direction of the sequencer

Fitting in

Where does a modular synthesizer go in your studio? Some of the modulars are companions and some are centerpieces or are the entire studio.I figured I’ll show you a fraction of what you’re missing on the Muffwiggler forums since you don’t know how to use the internet. Also, a REMINDER the T_A & Xart Synth meet with Grant Richter, Scott Jaeger and Suit & Tie Guy is a little over a week away. The e-mail is to the right if you’re interested in coming, we have only a few spots left.

Droctave – New Jersey Shore, NJ

Coony – Belgium – Myspace

Tim Pebble – Wellington, New Zealand – Music of Sound

Dave Jones – Boston, MA – Attack Sustain

Rafael – Brooklyn, NY

Idealist – Zurich, Switzerland Myspace

Economic Slave – Norman, Oklahoma

dkcg Soundcloud

Richard Molyneux – Vancouver, Canada

Nordvargr & Surachai: A Wilderness of Cloades

The prolific Swedish artist Nordvargr and I have collaborated this past winter sending soundscapes back and forth until a product emerged: A wilderness of Cloades. It’ll be released Spring 2010 on Old Europa Cafe with limited edition packaging. More details later as they emerge from the Scandinavian depths. For now, watch.


Francis Kmiecik

Bridget Driessen

Phoenecia – Echelon Mall

We usually don’t promote our friend’s music on this site, especially not lately but hell this release is outstanding: Phoenecia – Echelon Mall on Alphabasic. I’ve been on a experimental, drone and soundtrack spree lately, so this fits right in there. As you may or may not know, Jeswa, who comprises half of Phoenecia was a featured artist in our Workspace and Environment series which can be found Here. The view that extends out of his studio windows are etched in my brain still to this day. I know that his modular system has since gotten out of control, spilling into monster cases and beyond.

Echelon Mall Site

Itunes Store

Jeswa Information

Alphabasic (Physical pre-orders start Tuesday)

Suit & Tie Guy – Sequencer Family

Suit & Tie Guy and STG soundlabs is slowly moving his products into the Eurorack format and all I can say is: Welcome – we need you! I manage to play with the graphic sequencer at NAMM and was surprised at how easy, fun and quick it was to get something interesting out of the module. The LEDS at the tip of every fader is definitely a plus for those dark studios and live situations. I haven’t messed with the trigger sequencer but can tell it’ll be an essential pairing. They’ll be hitting Analog Haven next week.

Prices are: $295for the Graphic Sequencer, $325 for the Trigger Sequencer and $120 for the Time Buffer.

Come check out these modules for yourself at the next Trash_Audio & Xart Synth Meet on February 21st.

Totally Wired – Additional Content

To coincide with the online premiere of the documentary film TOTALLY WIRED – A FILM ABOUT SCHNEIDERS BÜRO, www.realeyz.tv is presenting previously unreleased, exclusive video interviews with director and Club Transmediale 2010 participant Niamh Guckian Ahern as well as Andreas Schneider, the founder of Schneiders Büro. -Tobias Voigt

– You can view all of the videos on the Youtube Channel: Here

– You can see the entire documentary: Here. Registrations and other boring mandatory stuff required.

Trash_Audio & Xart: Synth Meet 6

Early Warning. The Trash_Audio team and Xart Studios are planning to have the synth meet on Sunday, February 21st starting at 3pm going to 9pm. We’re going to have more of a structured format this time. First we’re having three special guest lectures from Grant Richter of Wiard, Suit & Tie Guy from STG, and Scott Jaeger of Harvestman. That in itself should be worth coming to see. Also, we’re going to have an improv session following John Zorn’s card composition method.

While bringing your modular/synth/ keyboard/ drum machine/ whatever-makes-noise is not necessary, we highly encourage it. These meets have been extremely resourceful, informative and invaluable to the midwest community by providing a mass of equipment for users to try first hand. As always, these meets have been free and organized by T_A and Xart.

If you’re interested, have questions, comments or bullshit opinions, send an e-mail to trash@thedeepelement.com and I’ll be sending out information (addresses, secret handshakes) on the meet later next month. If you’re a manufacturer I recommend you send an e-mail to me for arrangements to have your gear featured at this event. Transmission Over.

Tonight, FLESH in Chicago…

Tonight I’ll be trying my hand at something I’ve never done before, which is co-hosting a monthly Industrial/Electro/EBM/Whatever night in Chicago. It’s the 3rd Thursday of every month and tonight is the first one…


EBM like it’s 1989

Thursday January 21st

Professor Kliq (Live PA)

Polyfuse (DJ Set)

DJ Tacopunch

Occurring the third Thursday of the month at Silvie’s Flesh is an industrial electro dance throw down off all things dark and slithery with a kicking bassline.

Admission: Free before 11 with RSVP to info.polyfuse@gmail.com, $5 after

9pm++ at Silvies

1902 West Irving Park Road

Chicago, IL 60613


One block west of the Irving Park Brown Line stop.

Facebook Event

Trash_Audio 2010 NAMM Video

We had a great time everywhere in Anaheim but NAMM itself this year. You’ll notice that this NAMM video doesn’t have too much NAMM in it because… well, it sucked and we’re separating the useful information from this video. The approximate five booths that kept our attention were the ones that featured a direct line of communication with the manufacturer, engineer or designer themselves. Though, we found a way to infiltrate and see it for ourselves. Most of our time was spent with friends, at our place, on our terms. This resulted in a BBQ that had almost every modular manufacturer show up and having people declare it being the best thing they’ve ever experienced at NAMM, though it could’ve been the booze talking. It was incredible to see all of our friends and meet new ones. We already miss you. Hail and horns!

You can see the 2008 video HERE!

Harvestman – NAMM 2010

Scott Jaeger of Harvestman runs through the functions of his Piston Honda and some of the upgrades that are available for it.