This week’s print-haul

•January 27, 2015 • Comments Off

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Greetings from Baltimore where Pau and I just celebrated our second wedding anniversary by doing something we haven’t done in a long time – namely, eating sushi, one of the major taboo’s of just about any pregnancy. I figure I have about a good 15 minutes more until I succumb to a tuna-flavored stupor, so here’s the latest haul of prints I’ve been working on over the past week or so. Nothing too special – mostly just eye-candy, but hey, sometime’s that’s all you need. The process is again pretty straightforward data bending; combining digital photographs with homebuilt analog synth experiments until something decent is conjured from the ethers. Not quite sure where I’m going with this, but I said I’d do 144 – let’s see how things pan out, yes?

Also, more fun electronics on the way – things tend to slow down int he winter due to ventilation issues, but even so, this winter is mild in comparison – we’ll have something fancy for you soon.



Post-Holiday Printwork

•January 7, 2015 • Comments Off

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Wow, has it really been two months since the last post? Is that a wise thing to say when you’re trying to be all business-like? And to ignore the holidays and not attempt to barrage loyal followers with Black Friday announcements and exclusive sales and seasonal products, etc? Eh, so it goes. Been busy. Dad stuff. Not to say that I haven’t been soldering. Oodles of thanks to the multitudes who took the plunge and invested in VF wares and devices. Even more so for the interest and recognition. While it seems fairly cliche to say so from a business perspective, 2015 is going to be a pretty killer year. There’s definitely something new on the way, to say the least. More on that as things develop, but in the meantime a quick glimpse into the art side of the empire. I was fortunate to have the holidays off from my day gig and was doubly fortunate to be able to record a couple tracks using only instruments I made myself as the sound source. They’re pretty rough – more like sketches and demonstrations, if anything. I think they’re a little better than some sort of noise-dad donking around in the basement with his hobby-tronics while the kids are at field hockey, but to be honest, I’ve been pretty isolated of late. Either way, I’m sure there’s a certain degree of charm to them. Even more so when you extract the raw file data from them and embed it into an uncompressed digital photograph such as the four landscapes at the top of this missive. Thinking I may have to expand on this idea. Maybe not with landscapes, though – let’s keep it contextual. If only I was a better photographer. I’m sure I’ll figure something out. More on the way when I do.

In other news, Platanos are now $59. We have our reasons. Go get ‘em while the getting’s good – we might be taking a break from them for a second. Just saying.

And also, hey now, Happy New year from my family to yours – let’s make it a good one, yeah?

The Platano Turns 2

•November 2, 2014 • Comments Off

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So this is what’s up: A couple days ago, NPR had a puff piece about the two year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and, puff-ness notwithstanding, I was a little floored – has it really been two years? Time flies, I suppose, especially when you experienced the storm on the periphery. Like, right on the rim – 100 miles north of the city in Rhinebeck and by and large on the edge from a logistics standpoint. We didn’t even lose power, which is surprising since when you live in the forests of the Northeast, an especially strong sneeze can cause an upset to the grid that may take upwards of 11 days to rectify. Or at least that was the case back in ’87 – though in that case, the especially strong sneeze was more like three inches of snow in the first week of October. In this case, we didn’t even lose internet. Most of the storm was spent streaming Moonrise Kingdom, for crying out loud. So yeah, no flooding, no washed out boardwalks, not much really. The surge up the Hudson caused some coastal flooding and a couple boats were knocked off their moorings and jackstands, but even then the damage was negligible. In fact, the only true inconvenience of the storm for me involved the Platano Verde. Sometime during the onslaught of Sandy, I finally decided enough was enough and it was time to head south back to Costa Rica to prepare for the Central American Biennial and Pau and I’s wedding. Earlier in the year, I’d cobbled together a fur-covered prototype of what would one day become the Platano Verde and figured that in order to recoup the cost of airfare and give us some income in the field, it would make sense to go production with it. Pau designed the artwork, largely involving smooching some actual green plantains between saran wrap in the scanner. I cobbled together the circuit boards from my notes (the prototype found a home with a friend in Oakland, Ca. a few months prior), shelled out for enclosures and jacks and ordered the adhesives… right before the storm hit. Let’s talk logistics. When the northeast is experiencing a gasoline shortage, UPS gets weird. And it only gets weirder when even a trip to the local office involves wading through the parking lot in ditch boots. Not to draw out the description, everything arrived eventually, albeit about two days before I split south and sleep was sacrificed for solder. And, as usual when such events occur, things got interesting, but in the end turned out okay. And with that, the first batch of Platanos were born. 2 years ago. on the back of a superstorm. Figured I’d at least tell the story. We sell them in the usual places. They’re $89, which is fairly inexpensive considering the current economic state of things – hell, go use your left over gasoline savings and pick two up – one for home, one for the car or something. Figured I’d pontificate while I have a second on a cold, windy autumn Sunday in Charm City. How are you doing?

And they’re up!

•October 18, 2014 • Comments Off


As promised, new batches of not only 23’s, but also 24’s and Gold Standards. Come get ‘em, y’all! – Here’s the link:


•October 15, 2014 • Comments Off

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Hi Y’all – just a quick heads up that the next batch of 23’s will be ready for order on Wednesday, October 17. As soon as they’re ready I’ll post the links up on our stores and various social media outlets. Then I return to my cave for more soldering, building and occasional dad excursions. Not to say I’m complaining – loving every minute of it. Also, for those looking for 24’s, hold onto your hats – they’re next up on the bench.


23’s on the way!

•October 6, 2014 • Comments Off

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Hallo Children:

So the internet was down at the workshop all weekend – administrative error involving old resident never actually canceling their service and our provider never actually following up. But after a few hours of stern lecturing to a poor call center employee in a country on the other side of the world, I think things are more or less sorted out and here we are. Gotta say – thanks for the props, support and recognition that the reviews in both Guitar Player and Guitar Moderne have turned out. Nice to know we’re potentially on the right track. As a heads up, we’re planning to expand our operations a bit and are looking for distributors to help with spreading the good word – more on that as it comes up, but at least from my end, the more I can spend building as opposed to marketing, the happier I am. So, if someone might be interested in taking on our wares, please, by all means, get in touch. But in the meantime, after a short break for baby stuff, we’re happy to announce that production at the workshop has begun again in earnest, and batches are being churned out, much to our collective delight. First up is a new batch or 23’s set to coincide with the third anniversary or their original release. Egad, three years – oh how the time flies. He says while entertaining three week old daughter, born slightly before the end of his first year in Baltimore. Time. She be weird. Will let y’all know once the boxes are ready. Until then, feel free to browse our Reverb and Etsy stores and pick up something fancy. The holidays, they be coming. Among other things.



VauxFlores Reviewed in Guitar Player

•September 27, 2014 • Comments Off

VauxFlores in Guitar Player

While the good news is still rolling: we here at headquarters are honored to announce that VauxFlores has been featured in a 4-page review in the November 2014 issue of Guitar Player Magazine! Curious about what they say about us? Grab a copy and check it out! Spoiler alert: it’s good!


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