Little. Furry. Different.
So it’s almost summer here. And by here, I mean New York, where I’m still situated as part of a layover that’s mostly involving working on immigration paperwork, applying to academic gigs and rooting through the basement, looking for ways to downsize my existence as we prepare for the world of official adulthood outside of the academy and full-time preparations for large, international art shows. Undoubtedly, those will probably pop up again from time to time, but in the meantime, the primary MO is prepare to find nest, find nest, fluff nest and wait for Pau to get the green light from the good folks at Homeland Security. All said, this really shouldn’t be a problem. Also on deck is an attempt to slog through Blood Meridian, and later, in almost sadistic anticipation, my annual “Dune-Read.” I’m up to Heretics. They really don’t get better. A friend of mine swears that The Whipping Star is Herbert’s best science fiction novel, but theres still a couple other “…of Dune” novels to slog through first. And I use slog in the nicest of ways. But in the meantime, it’s a healthy breakfast of authentic frontier dialogue presented without quotations for the true grit experience.
Right. That and electronics. It’s still “prototype season,” and there’s a bunch of projects in varied points of completion. My northern guitar needs an overhaul and the basses can only test so much, so there’s been a bunch of synth work going on in the workshop lately. Well, more like for the past 6 months. I like the world of guitar effects – love it, actually, but hey, I’m a synth-head at heart. Guess my true colors are showing. As are my predilections for micro-production and an attempt to use the remaining swarths of fur left over from Raro in something derivative, if not equally fun. And here we are. Little Furry Oscillators. Hopefully these should look familiar. Actually, it’s the same circuit developed back in December for an electronics lecture and later expanded as one of the first modules of TicoTronics, albeit opto-controlled and using resistors in place of the potentiometers of the TicoTron. All said, bloody good fun. For at least the first two minutes. After that, you’ll have to get creative, which is kind of the point.
For the time being, I think I’ll be building these fairly regularly for a tick – or at least until the fur holds out and will be selling them exclusively on Etsy, as well as in various Brick and Mortars throughout the US, and potentially beyond. First up to carry a batch is Control in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. If you’re into synths, you should definitely check this place out. And while you’re there, be sure to pick up one of these critters. You’ll be glad you did.
In the meantime, here’s a brief approximation of what said oscillators are capable of – enjoy!