So it’s not just total freedom on the machine’s part. You’re kind of giving it stipulations to work with it. And that like gets my brain buzzing.
That’s Matt Norton. My sweet husband sat down with me again for a quarantine special to explain modular synthesizers to me. We want to de-mystify modular synths to inspire our friends out there to use this time at home to get creative. We also want to look at the positive sides of being in quarantine, because it’s incredibly overwhelming otherwise. We hope you guys are staying healthy and safe, or are resting if you need to recover from being sick. We love you.
We talked about synthesizers like Minimoog, Mellotron, Arp Odyessy, and Op-1 by Teenage Engineering. We also mentioned the loving and supportive Sobriety and Synthesizers Facebook Group.
We also brought up Wonderful, which is a podcast by Griffin and Rachel McElroy (also in Austin, TX), one of my favorites, found on Max Fun.
The song used in the intro and outro of this episode is by Matt Norton as Berm and Swale. He’s on Facebook and Instagram. The song he was working on at the time of the episode, “Packing West,” can be found here:
Matt Norton recording a live set for Sobriety and Synthesizers Facebook Group
Matt Norton playing in our office + our cat
Sean Henry and Matt Norton playing for E.A.S.T
One version of Matt’s modules
Matt Norton playing at Me Mer Mo Mondays at the Volsted
Sean Henry and Matt Norton playing at a Winter Solstice get together
…Finding the space in between your thoughts. And…I think music does that for me. It’s an escape where I kind of lose my concept of what room I’m in, or what day of the week it is or, all of the kind of subtle things that keep you in reality, and let some of my other senses start to take over.
That’s Matt. Also known as Berm and Swale. Landscape designer, synthesizer fanatic, and creator of many a transcendent meal, this week he stepped out of the kitchen and joined us to chat about his architectural appetites, sobriety, and his personal antidote to creative stagnation.
You can find @bermandswale on Soundcloud, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (although the latter currently doesn’t see much activity). You can also check out Open Envelope Studio‘s landscape design/build portfolio on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
We heard Is There Hope and Thankful People in this episode. He also compiled this video of collaged vintage snippets to go with his song, I Forgot Her.
Do you like to play electronic music? What’s your favorite program for sound design? Tell us below or on Twitter and Instagram via the hashtag #chattycrafties
Matt making music as Berm and Swale
Matt cooking dinner
Matt being handy, making a stand for his music equipment
Recording our daughter for a school project
Taking apart and repairing synthesizers
Matt and Angelica designing landscapes together for OES