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Touch the Gear 2018

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For the second year in a row I was invited to show a few pieces of gear at the Outsound New Music Summit event ‘Touch the Gear” where a space is open free to the public, who have the unique opportunity to play with uncommon instruments and ask questions etc. Represented is a cross section of electronic, as well as acoustic instruments, some manufactured by small companies such as the Eurorack modular gear and tabletop synths. There were also one of a kind DIY custom instruments (the tabletop resonating deconstructed banjo was a highlight) and devices utilising open source programming to design custom interfaces and/or sound sources as well as processing.

This event has a great community vibe and it’s always fun to see young kids get excited about these strange inventions. Look up the artists for more info, some have been deeply involved in the underground avante garde music scene for a long time.

Artists included this year:

• L.J. Altvater – tape-loop/effects-pedals
• Hugh Behm-Steinberg – CD turntable and effects
• Amanda Chaudhary – analog modular synthesizer, theremin
• Andrew of Chopstick – Pro One, modular and homemade synthesizers
• Tom Djll – small electronic devices including mixers, filters, effects, pickups, etc.
• R Duck – synthesizer
• Tom Duff – surprises
• Tammy Duplantis – game boys
• Bart Hopkin – invented instruments
• Jeff Klukowski (Alphastare)- modular synthesizers etc.
• David Leikam – Moog Rogue analog synthesizer
• Dania Luck – laptop with midi-controller running super-collider
• Collette McCaslin – percussion, small instruments
• Andy Puls – homemade synthesizer
• Jess Rowland – cell phones and controller
• Gabby Wen – electronics
• Peter Whitehead – invented instruments

Enjoy these 2 brief videos, which, together give a good sense of the diverse items on hand as well as the creativity and innovation of these artists. The first video was created by Amanda Chaudhary of Catsynth : who did some short interviews:

The second video was compiled from a few clips I took. Some walkthrough footage and a couple of brief demos by a few of this years participants:

Enjoy the wonderful sounds.

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Outsound New Music Summit: Touch the Gear 2017

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Tom Djil

I was invited to show a few pieces from my set up at Touch the Gear this year. This was part of the Outsound New Music Summit 2017

There were modular rigs as well as custom instruments, though I suppose the nature of modular is also largely customizable. Specifically, outside there were acoustic instruments presented by Pet the Tiger. They had a pretty sizable Kalimba and this giant set up (a metallophone) with metallic plates and a lovely low tone produced by the largest plate. We had an impromptu jam on that and I sampled a bit of it for fun, maybe I’ll use some in a future collage.

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Pet the Tiger

There was some visual stuff

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Tim Thompson

Modular

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Amanda Chaudhary

I brought a few things including a Mother 32, Moogerfooger MF104M Delay, Tascam 414 cassette 4 track, ipad with various sound apps. Easily the most popular item was the Monoscillatron which I’ve posted about before on Youtube

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Alphastare

By total coincidence my friends at Wondersound Industries just released The Monoscillatron for purchase at Reverb.com with a special that runs from today July 28th until July 31st!

Hear it in action in the video below, as well as a few other sounds from my table. I also did a brief walkthrough. For more coverage visit Catsynth 

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Aphex Twin covers Reich(2011)/Toshio Matsumoto-Atman (1975)

Here are a couple of videos I’ve recently enjoyed. Visually intense material not for those who get dizzy easily.

Aphex Twin did a ‘Pendulum set’ back in 2011 in Poland. This was a piece originally composed by Steve Reich in 1968. Progressing on this a bit, the mics used in this set were outfitted with mirrored disco balls and used to create a hypnotic matrix of kaleid-a-scopic laser like beams swaying with the rhythm of the swinging as it naturally slowed during the process.


This next video is by Toshio Matsumoto who I know very little about, though I have heard of Funeral Parade of Roses (1969) which apparently was influential on A Clockwork Orange. This video is abstract and very psychedelic and challenging (in a good way) to watch. The music was done by Toshi Ichiyanagi who was involved with The Fluxus movement and studied with John Cage as well. Enjoy the trip!