Live audio_Output: The Great Mundane and POLYFUSE

An interesting Wednesday night show is happening this week, Surachai and I (as POLYFUSE) are playing at The Butterfly Social in Chicago. The show is free, if you can make it out there, come give us a high five or a punch in the gut, whichever you feel is most appropriate. The show is being put on by a local group known as Psymbolic who brings out an interesting mix of not only musicians and DJs but video, visual and spoken word artists. It should be an interesting mix.

All details here.

Flight Of Harmony: Parasite (Limited Edition VCRBPF)

The Parasite is a brand new limited edition (only 10!!!) Single Voltage-Controlled Resonant Bandpass filter (VCRBPF) with dual Low-Frequency Oscillators (LFOs) and is being made and sold by a new company called Flight Of Harmony. They also just recently released The Plague Bearer, which was only limited to FOUR units, they sold out fast. The Parasite is for sale now, and at the time of this post, there are only EIGHT left for $230. Get your hands on one before this is posted to matrixsynth! Because when that happens, they’ll be gone!

video_Output: Four Analog Delays

Happy America Fuck Yeah Day….

I got my Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man pedal today and decided to break it in with my other delays. I’m not sure why I don’t see more feedback in delay demos as that’s one of the primary reasons I buy analog delays. Can I get another economic stimulus check? Fanx.
The signal flow is as follows: Cwejman VM-1 (source) into Doepfer A-188-2 Tapped BBD Module into Ibanez AD9 into Moog MF104z into Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man into your brain.

Live audio_Output: Sanctum

Coming up this Sunday in Chicago is a pretty interesting experimental/electric group known as Sanctum. Their official description mentions “combining harsh sounds with the more beautiful and light” but you can hear for yourself on their myspace page and the official site here.

Update: Africa Hates Trash_Audio

I’m not sure if this qualifies as Africa or the Indian Ocean but we’ll take it!! There has been sole visitor from Mauritius for a while and if it weren’t for this blog, I would have no idea where/what it is. Go ahead, click on that link and pretend you knew all about Mauritius since grade school. Don’t forget to be condescending towards everyone who didn’t know which has to be 99% of the population. If you are this person, drop an e-mail to the right. If you are not this person, feel free to drop and e-mail and say hello!

Oh right… we’re an audio blog or something. So this is Justin’s Cwejman acting as a pillow for my Doepfer.

Workspace and Environment: Pony Pants

HELLO MONDAY, DIE! Er… Hey readers….. Emily J.K, Ryan and Steve from Pony Pants were kind enough to let me poke them with the questions. Enjoy!


How long have you been involved with making music?
We were all born in delaware and moved to Philadelphia in 2004 after two of us finished school and and all of were seeking change. We started playing together as Pony Pants in early 2005. Ryan and Steve (both who program beats & play guitars) are brothers and had been playing music together for most of their teenage/adult lives, but it was the long, cold winter that brought pony pants together. At the time, the three of us were living in a cheap bi-level apartment with a spare room that we used as a studio and music space. We hadn’t lived in Philly for too long and still weren’t really integrated in our neighborhood or scene. Lots of forced time indoor and general boredom found us in the studio room drinking copious beers, messing around, and eventually writing funny little songs together.

What is your current favorite piece of hardware?
Our favorite thing right now is our Akai MPC 2000XL. We used to use a Boss Dr. Rhythm Section to program and sequence the backing beats and synths for all of our songs. After quickly maxing out the DR’s potential (Ryan had owned it since high school), we began to covet an MPC and when we found a used one last year at a music store in Philly, we jumped right on it. The high quality sampling of the Akai was a revelation, and has really pushed and improved the way we write our beats. The warm, analog feel of the Akai is as vast improvement, too, and makes us horny.

What is your current favorite software or plugin?

How does your physical space and surroundings influence your workflow?
Well now we live in a big house that has a huge space on the third floor that is our practice space and Steve’s bedroom and art studio space. While the room at first seemed impossibly massive, it gets more cramped every day as we progressively cram more and more gear into it. The space is cozy and comfortable and it’s in our house! So we can practice pretty much any time the mood strikes. (Except when Steve is napping). Our housemates are really nice about how loud we are, and our neighbors are, too.

Are you involved with any additional projects?
Steve’s been playing guitar sometimes with another project called Soltero That’s mostly it for now.

What was the first piece of hardware you remember obtaining?
Ryan says, “The Thor – my first drum set. It was candy apple red and dilapidated even before I got to it! The last thing I got was a Peavey JVM60, which is a badass all tube 60 watt head with 8 mod switches. Perfect for perching myself on my tone throne.” (snickers).
Steve says, “A Yamaha Cruise.” (everyone starts laughing). “And a Peavey Classic. Practice Amp. Hoopty. The last thing I got was a Boss RCXL120 Loopstation.”

What is on your current ‘wish list’?
More stacks.

Have you ever heard your music being played at a random place?
Yes! once at a vintage store in Richmond, VA. we were getting bagels next door and heard it piped in through the speakers outside.

You can find Pony Pants at: and

Africa Hates Trash_Audio

‘Hate’ is not an appropriate word more like, ‘indifferent’. Although these are the most recent 500 and Surely we’ve had Africans before, something makes me miss them now. And Surely, other countries are ‘indifferent’ at us but a whole continent? And don’t call me Surely.
*Update: Those google ads on the right are the worst pieces of shit. They’re not even deceiving or annoying and that’s why they’re annoying.

Arturia: Recession Fun Times!

As a manufacturer, what do you do when we’re in a recession? One idea might be to think of some crazy deal that is bound to draw attention(I’m writing about it aren’t I?) and potential sales. Thankfully they didn’t disguise it as NUCLEAR SUMMER BLOWOUT!! While these synths are great recreations of their analog sources and I was actually considering one, I found out something that makes me want to go on a killing spree. FUCKING dongles. Here is a fun read of some trouble shooting associated with them: yay!
That was a trick! There is nothing fun about dongles!
I still have my Logic 6 dongle and it STILL owns me. Some sessions are on my box in D.C. and since I was already planning a visit there, I thought I’d bounce everything and bring it back to Chicago. When I arrived I loaded everything up and NOPE! You forgot your dongle in Chicago you tool! GAGGGH.
Find this deal: Here

Live: Trifonic + Mr. Projectile in San Francisco June 26th

Our buddies Trifonic are having their debut gig in San Francisco tonight at the Red Devil Lounge. While this may be their debut performance as Trifonic, they’ve been playing been playing around this blue dot for some time. If I lived remotely close to SF, I’d drag Justin with me to see this. They’re even bringing out Mr. Projectile to make the night the most brutal show in San Francisco. EVER. Ok so maybe these guys don’t specialize in brutality but rather in elegance and technicality. What else are you going to do on a thursday night?

You can download their album, here and be that person who yells out songs they want the band to play.

*Update* Here’s Trifonic’s album embedded for listening, buy it from their site if you like it!

Plan B ELF Series

Plan B has announced pricing for its ELF Series a couple weeks back and since we’re not an up to date news source, here it is. I travel with my modular regularly and I’m always scratching my eyes out trying to figure which modules to leave home due to space constraints. Enter the ELF Series. I’m looking forward to throwing a bunch of ADSR’s in my box! And the price are small as well! No word yet on prices of the planned summer/fall release.

Model – Description – Retail
23 – Analog Shift Register -$165
36 – Leveler – $60
37 – LFO – $160
38 – ADSR – $130
38A – ADSR Expander – $55
39 – Wave Splicer – $100
40 – Headphone Preamp – $75

You can find Plan B Products at Noisebug.