Suitcase synths have been popular from pretty much right back when synthesis came into the music mainstream. Here are some examples: EMS Synthi AKS, Wersi Bass synthesizer, a Eurorack modular synth, Moog Sonic Six, Buchla Electric Music Box and Analogue Solutions Vostok Deluxe.
Always reblog suitcase synths.
In another existence I wander major metropolitan areas dressed in a nondescript business suit carrying one of these around fully concealed in its case. At opportune moments I walk into a business office’s lobby or a skyscraper atrium and nonchalantly place the case onto the nearest counter.
"May I help you, sir?"
"Yes. I’m here to do business."
I grew up in the era of sampling, where you wear your influences on your sleeve. The easy thing to go to is Tarantino, but for me it’s like the Beastie Boys, the first time I really remember hearing that guitar riff [mouths “She’s Crafty”], to me that’s always “She’s Crafty,” not “The Ocean.” I didn’t hear “The Ocean” until I was like 13 or 14, and I was like, “oh my god, it’s that Beastie Boys riff.” That came out of a post-hip hop world, where you wear your influences on your sleeve. Whether it’s Hitchcock and Welles going back and forth with Psycho and Touch of Evil, or Martin Scorsese doing Psycho in Raging Bull, George Lucas naming characters Klaatu, Barada and Nikto…
I thought this is what you do: you wear your influences on your sleeve, and you kind of find your own voice outside of that stuff.
Just reaffirming that I am aware of this thing’s existence and may continue to use it for stuff, time permitting. I do this all the time with blogs but at least I’m still fairly active on Twitter and in my freelance work. So, some notes:
-The 500 Favorites series is on permanent hiatus for a couple reasons, including but not limited to the sinking sensation I feel every time someone reblogs a post I made and strips out all the words just to post the audio clip of the song.
-I am working on a comic (?!) and will start posting previews and miscellany about it starting sometime next month. In all likelihood it will be at my visual arts/comix/illustration-enthusiasms site Panel Slang. (I also have a separate Twitter account for this side of my work, which is a bit sparse in both the content and follower aspects of the whole deal but it’s there, so hey.)
-The rule of three demands I have something in this third bullet point so here is a song by Broadcast I hadn’t heard until recently that I am glad to have heard. I catch feelings off The Noise Made by People for a number of reasons and fortunately for me this Extended Play Two deep cut is right along those lines.