“Dead Bug” is a method of circuit building without a prefabbed circuit board. Sometimes the circuit is built without any board at all and constructed through direct connections, also known as “Point to Point.” In many cases an IC chip is turned upside down with its legs in the air, resembling a dead bug.
Despite the challenges of fixing the ambulance, we think we've gotten to the heart of the matter. Recently "The Rescue" went through a sort of heart surgery as main aspects of it got mended. A lot of progress has been made but there is still more work to be done.
The get bEHIND the aRTS Studio Tour is a chance for Southeastern Wisconsin artists to open their doors to their neighbors and share what creativity is going on in the area. We were thrilled to be invited to introduce our MOTR project at the preview party kicking off the tour, now in its ninth year.
Two Casio keyboards were sent to us by one of our subscriber friends (@fakestereo). Of the two that were sent (batteries included), I chose the MT-68 as the first one to bend. In our last newsletter, we asked: “Will Z enhance the synth or destroy it?” The short answer is both.
We don't consider ourselves gearheads but do have favorite things we like to use. Flutter has a love for Beast-Tek and sampler modules while Zetsumei has developed a love and thorough understanding of the Korg Monologue. If you're interested in knowing what gear we use for live performances (as well as the "Hungry Ghosts" album) here's the rundown.
One of the things that still gets me excited about living in Wisconsin is when the owls come to visit. I always run to the window to see if I can spot one but this is usually at night. I may not be able to see them, but I can hear their beautiful cries.
Flutter has the Pittsburgh EP 360 case for her Eurorack system. It’s a beautiful case made of hardwood with a lid, and it’s convenient for road travel. Much more manageable than the wedgie cases I made last year.
We knew Knobcon would be a good time, but we had way more fun than expected. The best part was meeting other people who share a love for synths and enjoy the freedom of expressing oneself through music. There were a lot of exhibits to see and not enough time to explore everything in depth.
Last weekend the ambulance received an audio upgrade. It still had the original 1986 cassette deck which kind of worked, but not well. The door speakers were trashed, having little range or push left. It was barely audible with the engine running, just overall poor sound quality.
These are interesting times we live in. More connected than ever. More disconnected than ever. We exist in the information age with an insatiable thirst for disinformation. Always on the hunt for confirmation bias. The best cages are the ones you can't see. The best prisoners are the ones who think they are free.