Oh, Brothers!

•October 22, 2015 • Comments Off on Oh, Brothers!


Hey Y’all – just a fancy, yet brief heads up that VF now has a home base in Baltimore at Brothers Music at 2112 N. Charles St. Good place, good people. In the area? Live here and heard the word? Stop in and check out a box!

Good news, great news!

•September 8, 2015 • Comments Off on Good news, great news!

Hi all,

Just got word from the good folks at Guitar Moderne that legendary guitarist Andy Summers not only digs the VauxFlores Number 23, but even uses it on the title track of his latest album, Metal Dog. Needless to say, we at VF HQ are flattered. Props all around and for those interested in peeping the article, check this out.


History Lesson, Pt. 1

•August 31, 2015 • Comments Off on History Lesson, Pt. 1


::update – the first batch of Peji’s are up and available – check them out here!::

Hi All,

So for those in the know, we’re currently on the verge of releasing a new pedal called the Pejibaye – which is a semi-transparent, darlington-based overdrive of all things. I know, I know – I’m supposed to be that synth-addled, noise musician sound artist inventor who makes the crazy stuff – I should be making strange boxes with envelope followers and feedback loops and whatnot. And for all extensive purposes, that’s more or less what I do when not setting DRM on eReserves or policing video for ADA compliance and whatnot. Or being a dad. Or scouring Baltimore to pick up the final check in’s for that competition on WTMD. But this one, yeah, not so crazy. Not to say that’s a bad thing – if anything, it’s been a challenge to get this one right – and I’m still not even sure if I’m entirely there yet. But, for fear of keeping it in developmental hell for a while longer and realizing that there hasn’t been anything new from the workshop in a second, here it is. I mean, it’s about time – considering that I started working on this design nearly 4 years ago.

This is how it happened. In 2012, VauxFlores was beginning to get a little attention in Costa Rica – not much, but enough that things were beginning to happen. And one of the things that happened was tat word had gotten out that I was open to custom work. I mean, I wasn’t that open, but I had a few spare boxes and could wrangle perfboard fairly well and know a couple electronics that offered most of the things I needed – and hey, a paycheck was a paycheck. So this one day, I get an email from this kid asking if I could build him something that could cop the tone from the amp of his favorite guitarist, who’s last name has a V in it and was in a band with his brother and that diamond guy. Yeah, him. Don’t say it out loud – do you want to get yourself sued???

I should’ve said no, but eh, it’s me. I like a challenge. So I researched said guitarists tone, gear and the schematics of his signature amp. And after a week or so of noodling, I had a sketch of something burnt sienna – off tan, but not quite the color of a certain sound that if I were to mention, I would probably receive a cease and desist order. Or so I thought – remember – it’s me. I cut my teeth on experimental guitar bands, REM and U2. I was after raw and processed, not fawn or umber. Fast forward a few weeks and lo and behold, I finished something that might actually pass as what this kid was after. And I drop him a line saying just that and he agrees to meet me and check it out. And the day comes when he’s supposed to pop over to the studio to check it out and he drops a line telling me that the bridge from his town to San José just collapsed and he literally cannot physically make it. This was all a bad thing for me because I was leaving for the states later that week and he happened to live near the airport. Whoops. Either way, the distortion section of what I built wasn’t all that great in my opinion – but the preamp – actually kind of cool. So I expanded on it and built a few prototypes for friends and friends of friends to a relatively decent deal of success – and now, nearly three years later, I can officially say that the Pejibaye is ready for the masses. More on that soon. It’s late and the day gig is expecting members of the press tomorrow, but rest assured – the Peji is indeed on it’s way. Stay tuned kids!

Real quick-like

•August 2, 2015 • Comments Off on Real quick-like


Ah, so just a quick note that we’re finally going production on the long-awaited Pejibaye overdrive! First batch drops on August 29th with artwork that’ll look somewhat like what you see above. Neat, right?


•June 8, 2015 • Comments Off on Meanwhile…

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A couple new prints to look at, derived from manipulating recordings of synthesizer improvisations I’ve been noodling with over the past few months into thinking that they’re image files. The plan is to eventually have them printed onto sheets of aluminum, but at the moment, they’re strictly digital. Thoughts? Suggestions? Drop a line and let me know.

Meanwhile, in the world of electronics, there’s much in the works. First up, another batch of Eyecilators. Then some Platanos. Then a flock of 24’s. Then a surprise or two. Hey now summer prototyping!

Greetings from San Francisco from the Past

•May 17, 2015 • Comments Off on Greetings from San Francisco from the Past

Hi all,

Another gem of past performances found on the wide, wonderful internet. This one comes from Battery Townsley, in the Marin Headlands north of San Francisco, Ca. from August 2014, where I premiered my latest Hydroprinting piece. Enjoy!

And we’re back!

•April 29, 2015 • Comments Off on And we’re back!

Quite literally. Possibly one of the worst times to ever return to Baltimore, but all said, it’s not as bad as the news makes it out to be, especially in our neighborhood. Both the Etsy and the Reverb shops are currently open, we had a blast on our trip and Xime’s teething – all said, the plusses outweigh the minuses – kind of like the current season of Game of Thrones, which, while it may be grievously deviating from the books, it probably for the best. Or something like that. Another micro-update. One day I’ll write some super-long diatribe again. But until that time, eh, so it goes. Stay classy everyone!


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