With The Lights On
I bought an IKEA Stranne octopus-plant-light-thingy on Amazon (costs like $20 more that way but cheaper than driving to Charlotte), so this mandated taking a new picture of my studio setup with the lights on. There’s also a new rug and office chair. Oh boy!
Gear has been reconfigured substantially since the last time I took a picture. I’ve since sold the SEM and Future Retro XS in favor of the Minitaur and some Vermona gear — I’m starting to become a big fan of Vermona. Thankfully there’s only room for one more small synth. What will it be? Or will another synth get voted off the island first?
Meet the cast:
- Moog Voyager (it glows blue and stuff!)
- Vermona Perfourmer mk2 (4 voice polyphonic!)
- Vermona DRM1 mk3 (drums!)
- Moog Minitaur (bass!)
- Elektron Monomachine (mostly sequencing these days)
- Yamaha Motif XS Rack
The rack contains an Empirical Labs Fatso, a Eventide 2016, and a Dangerous BAX Eq.
Sidenote — The central traffic light picture is an old favorite I took at the MGM backlot at Christmas, and was printed on metal by Magnachrome, who I highly recommend. Awesome service and they do great work. The photo to the left is a black and white infrared shot of Umstead State park taken with a converted 20D that I don’t have anymore. The picture to the right is the space shuttle Columbia, and is not mine.
I think the synths are almost more about the lights and the knobs and noise at this point. When I was a kid there was this space shuttle mockup in the bottom level of the Nature Science Center, and I used to love hitting all the lights and buttons on it to make them all turn on and off. I believe the thrusters also made noise. It’s exactly like that.
Here’s my soundcloud page. I still need to work on actually composing stuff more, as opposed to letting stuff evolve organically, but it’s super fun either way.