Rising from inactivity and neglect

Now that I’ve had the modular for a couple of years and its grown to a large size I’ve noticed a few things.

  • Utilities are the glue that makes a modular shine.  Those fancy modules are nice to have and to want but with just them you’re limited.  Its the utilities that you use with them that make them shine.
  • There are some modules you just have to get back and you’re not going to know what they are until you no longer have them.
Just kidding.  They all died when i turned off the power.  It was a massacre.
No blinking lights where harmed in taking this picture
  • Red stripe down, good.  Red stripe up, bad.
  • Cases fill quicker than imagined.
  • Explaining is hard and sometimes showing someone is harder.
  • Simple is hard with so many options.
  • No one is going to read this far anyway so I can write whatever I want.
  • Eggs, milk, cheese, lunch meat, loaf of bread.


So Mixlr is pretty cool

I like broadcasting audio while I’m playing with my modular, recording and playing for people at the same time.  I was using Ustream which while great for what it does wasn’t really optimal for me.  I didn’t really care about the video.  Watching someone patch is kind of boring and I don’t have a good place to put the webcam.   The thing I did like is that it would record things and then you could export them to youtube. So I ended up with a lot of videos like this.  Also I was really self concious about accidentally picking my nose and ending up on America’s Funniest Home Synthesis.

and this

I really liked the point of view of the 2nd one but as I moved things around in the studio I was no longer able to put the webcam where I had it. This was a bit of bother but no big deal, the thing I really didn’t like was that the audio quality wasn’t that great. Ustream isn’t exactly made for what I was doing, even though it was super easy to do it this way.  If i cared about this I think investing in a better webcam would be a good idea, I’m just using one we had laying about the house. Then some I noticed some friends on facebook using Mixlr I decided to give it a try and I like it a lot.  Super easy just a program you download and run on your computer and a mixlr homepage you can post audio to with some stats and a chat room.

Mixlr has a couple thing going on that I really like.

  • The super easy to use interface. Set up all your inputs and get your levels set and then you are good to go.
  • Second is the fact the mixlr will record what you’re broadcasting and then upload it onto a showreel to share with people. With the last update it now will store reels so that you can publish them later.
  • Easy integration with soundcloud.  Press a button and your showreel is uploaded to your linked soundcloud, dropbox, mixcloud, or audioboo account.
  • Easy social media sharing.  From the app you can post on Twitter and facebook that you’ve gone live.
  • WordPress plugin as you can see below.

[mixlr url=”http://mixlr.com/infradead/embed”]

This is a showreel for something I did earlier today.  Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a player you can post on WordPress but since I can just export it to soundcloud its not a big deal.  Its a drone with 3 sine waves and three ring modulators.


It is possible to download from your showreel with a premium membership.  I’m also not sure how much content you can hold on your showreel before its filled.  A few hours of drones and it should be pretty easy to figure it out.  The paid version also offers pro audio, not sure what they mean by this.  These aren’t very large concerns so over all i’m really liking it so far.

Seems like a great way to share music as you’re making it with people all over the world.

Its a new year now

I like how my wife puts up with me.
I like how my wife puts up with me.


On to better and greater things i suppose.  Though i really do like this picture and joke.  2013 was good fairly productive and somehow I made a list of best of tacoma so I got that going for me.

Patching while watching a movie is pretty fun

Occasionally it sounded good as well.  I watched a CG transformers movie while i patched up a storm.  I was also playing with some idea i had with the Malekko Noisering.  The Clock in jack with act on the main clock with positive voltage speeding it up and negative slowing it down so i was occasionally feeding it negative voltage so that everything would slow way down.  Its a pretty fun trick and super easy.  Invert an envelope and plug it into the jack, trigger the envelope to slow everything down.

I like this trick a lot as slowing things down is always better than speeding up. It tends to add some nice space to your sounds.

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modular synth stuff eh?
I’m big on plugging in patch cables.



Best of Tacoma 2013 Experimental Music

I was pretty surprised and amazed to find out my name was picked in the Weekly Volcano as Best of Tacoma 2013, Best of Music, Readers Pick Experimental Music.  As someone who has just been doing his own thing and sharing it with others this is a pretty damn cool thing.  I’ve shared stuff online but mostly just recorded and then put it online and let it sit there.

Which I think is what makes it so cool to see my name there.  I’m not really going out of my way to do stuff.  Mostly been trying to find a venue to host the next Tacoma Noise Rodeo and getting no responses.

So the fact that my name appears on something like this out of the blue is a pretty big thing for me.  All without me asking for votes or knowing that I was in the running.  I know its not a big thing but its big to me and in the end that’s all that matters.

And since i didn’t know to vote for myself, thanks to whomever did.  That was pretty damn cool and made my day.


Best of Tacoma 2013
Best Experimental Music: Chris Lehfeldt