The recent past and future

•January 20, 2019 • Comments Off on The recent past and future

Hey gang,

Snow day here so I figure now might be a good time to fill you in on two things.

Thing the first: The new Number 24 PCB’s are kind of a dream to work with. Just for kicks, I opened up my keepsake blue and pink first edition 24 from 2012 (not pictured to spare me the embarrassment) and holy smoke – we’ve come a long way, baby.


Ala the workshops, we’re still on track for our February outings. I need to confirm that the enclosures will arrive on time to make them extra classy, but it’s nice to see how these critters have come together. Next on deck will be a re-release of the Eyecillators, possibly as a board-mounted number only slightly larger than a business card. Why? Because why not? More on that as it comes together.

In the meantime, another heads up that I just completed another build report. Curious about how I spent a sliver of my summer, take a gander at this:


Brain Report

•January 6, 2019 • Comments Off on Brain Report


Hey gang, a friendly heads up that there’s another build report posted on this here site. This time, the lucky number is 53, otherwise known as the synth brains from the Orden Natural shows from 2017, as well as the brains to the backup singers that I played a bunch of shows with in the first half of 2018. Also, a friendly heads up that the link to the Feb 2 workshop at Rhizome DC is still live – even better – the new circuit boards for this iteration of the 24 just arrived. They look quite zesty. Glad I took the time to step back and up my building game – those who’ve signed up already – you’re gonna really dig this.



Workshop Season, Pt. 1

•January 3, 2019 • Comments Off on Workshop Season, Pt. 1



Just a quick heads up that the first of potentially several VF workshops scheduled for this year is right around the corner. Live in DC? Need something to do on Feb 2? Wanna build a 24? Then click here and sign up! Just remember: that’s the one day out of basically the entire year when there will be no sport things on TV. Idle hands are the devil’s workshop – so why not fill those hands with a soldering iron and some wire clippers and come build a device that will probably send the cat under the bed for at least a week in its most ideal operating conditions. You know you want to. Cat’s been asking for it.

Also, for those of you here just for the content, three new build reports have gone up on the past week. The are:

Until next time.


VFI Solstice Drops

•December 24, 2018 • Comments Off on VFI Solstice Drops

Hey gang,

Three drops from the realm of digital label-ness. Here they be:

Drop the first:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA – no führer: Documenting two improviser’s journey into the darkness of the American Northeast shortly after Ghost Ship and PizzaGate, at the height of the travel ban.
Drop the second:
Travis Johns – 300 Improvisations for Digital Electronics: Pretty much what I’ve been up for a majority of this year. Sorry I couldn’t make it to your shows.
Drop the third:
hsfb – Consistency and Gaps – Two amazing new tracks from Hudson Valley electronics shredder Max Hamel.
Happy Holidays, y’all.


Sketches with Piano + Analog Noise

•November 7, 2018 • Comments Off on Sketches with Piano + Analog Noise


Hey y’all – something different to break up the monotony of me posting pictures of artwork that mostly looks like a bunch of television static and me waxing all philosophical about things I used to build and/or hinting about things that are currently working their way through the creative pipelines. In this case, may I present Exhibit A – a pretty amazing album by the one and only Analog Tara Rodgers for your listening pleasure. Please do enjoy it – at least on my end, it’s quite possibly one of my favorite discs of the year.

Improvisations for Digital Electronics, Update 1

•October 29, 2018 • Comments Off on Improvisations for Digital Electronics, Update 1

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So hey gang, a quick sneak-peak at the first 10 prints of a new series of prints that I’ve been working on since about March or so. There’ll be 300 prints in total by the end of this particular process/composition/what have you, so please enjoy the first 3.3 percent for your current viewing pleasure. As it happens, nights are getting longer in this hemisphere, so bedtimes are earlier and I’m finding myself with time to work. Hopefully the next print dump will be more than 10.

Terms, reckonings and other statements of the obvious

•October 29, 2018 • Comments Off on Terms, reckonings and other statements of the obvious


So hey gang – for those that follow this feed this should;t come as a surprise considering the general trend of how things are at HQ at the moment, but for anyone on the outside, this may come as a shock and surprise. Brace for it – I’m retiring the 23. Yup – the flagship, the bread and butter the one that the famous folks have, etc. Why? For the same reason that everything else is being put out to pasture – to make room for the new and exciting, not to mention some sort of long-awaited reissue 10 years down the line or something. I mean, I get it – some pedals are classics and will never go out of production – Rats, Muffs, Screamers, etc. And these simple circuits have floated an industry, provided jobs, lead to sick tones, etc. And then theres folks like me – this whole electronics thing is a bit of a journey – as much as I’d like to continue making the same thing until the cows come home with the mantra of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” the fact remains that I’d probably get bored of doing the same production for years on end. I mean, hell, it’s been 7 years already since the first 23 was cranked out in San José – and I still think they sound awesome, but for me, the time’s come to concentrate on something new and awesome. It’ll most likely be called the Sangre de Nieve and if we’re lucky and our bioluminescent dear leader doesn’t seal the country in a crystalline biosphere so that other countries can’t steal our air or precious fluids, the first special edition will be dropping in January. That’s right – special edition – because why start with production if you an kick it classy from the get go. More on that as it comes down the pike, but in the meantime, we clear the desk, both physically and spiritually. Thanks again to all the players and support over the years – it’s been awesome getting to know every single one of you and remember – you still have a lifetime warranty on that box, so if anything does happen to it, please let me know and I’ll hook you up. In the meantime, stay tuned – I’ve been touting the Sangre as my “masterpiece” of fuzz – it might not be the masterpiece of all fuzzes, but I hope it’ll at least serve as the culmination of what I’ve learned so far in the realm of analog clipping. After that, we go digital.