I recently had the good fortune of trading in the endless doom and gloom of another winter in Portland for a little taste of that smog-drenched LA sunshine I hear so much about. Moog‘s House of Electronicus was a designed to be an alternative space to all the NAMM hub-bub and a chance for Moog to debut it’s incredible little DFAM drum machine (amongst other things… my lips are sealed). Electronicus was situated smack dab in the middle of Echo Park (which was lovely by the way) and hosted a number of performances, workshops (from the good people at Portland’s S1 synth library) and Moog-fueled art installations.
Theremini Visions was an installation based around Moog’s new theremin, the Theremini. While I was admittedly giving this thing a hard time for adding a T-Pain auto-tune mode the sound set is quite nice and the on-screen display has a number of cool practice aids. The Theremini also has onboard CV out (with voltage scaling options) unlike it’s lovable predecessor, the Etherwave (which required a 100USD CV expansion board). Utilizing the CV generated by playing the theremin I routed the output in to a little LZX travel rig I assembled for the occasion (thanks for the last minute help Perfect Circuit). From LZX Bridge CV was fed to a number of parameters to keep things interesting & fluid. I had hoped to setup some more intense envelope following actions but simplicity won out in the end. Video from two LZX Visual Cortex modules wound it’s way through a series of BPMC Premium Cables, Basic Cables and Fluxus glitch video fx processors before arriving at their target CRT stacks. A big shout out to Joey with Purdy Lites for hooking up the CRT delivery! Another big shout out to Evan Shamoon for an assortment of PVMs and last-minute converters.
Subsequent 37 dreams was an installation that invited users to crawl into bed, get comfy, toss on headphones and slide Moog’s Sub37 synthesizer over them for bedtime synth noodlings. An array of Subpac tacticle bass systems lined the mattress effectively shaking the bed with every note played. For further sensory stimulation video by Charles Goldberg was processed & projected by the Pauper Palace edition of the BPMC SFX-M Glitchmix with audio reactivity from the original Fluxus glitch video processor. The wooden synth-slider bed contraption (that delighted so many) was cooked up by North Carolinan sculptor Richard Goldberg.
It was a blast working with Moog on this project. Much love to Charles for bringing me in. A big thank you to Ian for tech-ing the installation in my absence. Thanks to all who experienced the MOOG HOUSE OF ELECTRONICUSSSSSSSSSSSS.
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