December 26, 2014

Joy Electric - Melody Demo Tapes

Can you believe it? It's pretty crazy that these even exist. They are just so interesting, you can really hear the creative process and the links between Dance House Children and Joy Electric here. And so much TB-303 run amuck!

These songs are a gift from Plastiq Musiq for everyone who ordered the Melody Vinyl. 

artwork by the always brilliant Nathan Schroeder who also designed the covers for Starcadia, The Tick Tock Companion and a few other Joy Electric / Plastiq Musiq releases. 

December 23, 2014

Christmas Cards

Here's one from Pauline Baynes. 

And here is one from Plastiq Musiq, 
it's the kind that plays music when you open it:

December 14, 2014

Lost Electronic Music Education: Then and Now

In an article for Electronic Music Review No. 6 called Electronic Music and Music Education Wayne Barlow says: 

"The difficulties of attempting to place electronic music in a context of traditional music education are self-evident. The art is simply too new and still too experimental to have established any kind of tradition in it methods…"

That was true in 1968 when it was written, but I'd say by about 1972 electronic music did have established methods. There was a standard musical patch or starting point: a voltage controlled oscillator being routed through a filter then an amplifier and all of these things being controlled by envelope generators, keyboard controllers and other voltage controlled oscillators (usually low frequency oscillators). In it's most basic state this patch would give you an organ type sound. So, one could consider this patch the starting point and then one could conceivably learn by breaking these rules and what effects that would have. I say all this simply to illustrate that electronic music was moving away from the freeform and vague techniques of a Radiophonic type studio and beginning to take on a standardized form around this time, it's evident in the architecture of the MiniMoog and Arp 2600.

So why was electronic music education never really "a thing"? It seems simple enough that anyone could learn these basic concepts. Why couldn't a kid take synthesizer lessons the same way he or she could take guitar, drums or piano lessons? It's because electronic music kept evolving, it was moving too much for anyone to realize when it had finally arrived. I suppose it was it's nature to keep moving forward - the music of the future. But it all went wrong. At some point it became progress for the sake of progress, what C.S. Lewis would call "chronological snobbery" - that is, the belief that the most current idea is always the best idea. A more accurate description might be progress for the sake of consumerism.

And so electronic music spun out of control and no one really knew what it was because when you're living in a certain time it's hard to look at these things objectively. Here we are in 2014 and what most people consider electronic music is still becoming more and more convoluted. But look here, there is a light on the horizon! People are realizing the importance of analog sound, the importance of a tangible interface, the importance of voltage control. There are more modular systems being made these days than ever before! So now we have two distinctly different groups of electronic music, one that takes the best the medium has to offer and the other that takes the newest. 

What would the benefits of this sort of education be? Do people really need lessons to make their "bleep bloop" sounds? Well, to someone who is seriously interested in the art form it would make a world of difference. It would be the difference between learning through trial and error over years and years or gaining a firm understanding of the basics in one course. And perhaps this sort of music would be a little less bleepy & bloopy if people had a more concrete understanding of sound creation and could get down to the business of using those sounds to actually write music!

I heard a tape recently of Ronnie Martin talking about the early days of his band Joy Electric and how he wished he'd just known some one who could teach him how to use all this stuff. And in my own experience I learned a lot from my dear friend Jon Sonnenberg, who would teach me what he could each time we were together. It was invaluable information but sometimes it was years between and time was always limited. 

Electronic music education still hasn't happened. It's learned like an occult practice - from whispers and ancient books. But it's not hard to imagine a day when Sally can go off to her guitar lessons and Stacy can go to her synthesizer lesson.

December 1, 2014


This was the first picture I ever saw of Bob Moog. It was in a book about electronic music at the Columbiana Public Library in Ohio. Because he was wearing a flannel shirt I assumed he was some sort of mountain man duck hunter guy who just happened to invent synthesizers. Now I know that isn't true.

A Punk

I suppose. 

November 28, 2014

The Great Star of Astoroth

I'm in the middle of watching Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks. I haven't seen it in probably twenty some years. I've heard it described as the "poor man's Mary Poppins" - I'd probably agree with that, but I am thoroughly enjoying it!

Hillwood HR-2 Super Variation

Who does this little guy remind you of?

A long lost cousin of the Roland Compu-Rhythm family perhaps?

November 26, 2014

Over the Rainbow

This song, I've Been Over The Rainbow by Mort Garson, I've been listening to it a lot lately. About a minute in it really takes off. Something very special happens just for a moment.

And then there's this old song:

It's one of those songs you don't even remember the first time you heard it. it's just always been there. I've only just recently come to understand just how wonderful it really is. I get it now!

November 12, 2014

The Latest

Gosh, I've been so busy - as you can see by the lowest post numbers in recent months since I've started this blog. I do still care about Mild Slopes, it is not forgotten! I've been on tour for the past month or so and have about another month still to go. Arrived in Holland last night and some how managed to beat the jet lag (a first for me!). In the above picture you can see some of my new set up, with the two Moog racks and a bunch of MU modules to supplement them. I've got modules from, Club of The Knobs, Moon Modular and Happy Nerding in there. I also have some modules from SSL and STG Soundlabs at home, but due to limited space none of those made it to the touring rig.

Once I get home I'd like to finally get all these MU modules into a proper home. I'm thinking the 44 space walnut cabinet and maybe the 22 space on top eventually. So, that will be something to blog about!

November 9, 2014

Analog Days: A Short Book Review

I read this book quite a while ago, but I really enjoyed it and thought I should write a little bit about it here. If you you're an analog synthesizer enthusiast, you will probably enjoy Analog Days as much as I did. When I started reading it I sort of thought "Oh, this is going to be very similar to the Moog documentary". You know, that doc that came out in 2004. But it wasn't like that at all. The documentary was more about how everything felt back when it began and maybe a little story here or there. But this book is a narrative, a chronological non-fiction story from start to finish. Events including Bob Moog, Don Buchla,  Paul Beaver & Bernie Krause. The whole thing was just fascinating. 

My one criticism of the book, and it is a big one, is the author's ignorant comments about Wendy Carlos. Wendy's contribution to the development of electronic music is invaluable and she deserves to be treated with the utmost respect. Being one of the only women involved in the creation of electronic music instruments, Wendy's story is already interesting enough. That the author thought he needed to add to her story is downright distasteful and causes one to wonder what other historically inaccurate bits were added for dramatic effect. 

October 20, 2014

Joy Electric - Melody Double Disc Red Vinyl 20th Anniversary Edition

We've just opened up the pre-oders for the Melody vinyl over at Plastiq Musiq. If you don't know about this historic album, you should! It is a beautiful utopian vision made with a Roland TB-303, Juno-106, TR-909, MC-202 and who knows what else! This album changed my life in a big way. We're so excited to help bring this dream to life. Check it out! 

August 21, 2014

A Taste of Epcot

Years ago, while I was still working at Disney, one night after a long day of doing puppet shows at Disney's Hollywood Studios (then still called MGM studios) my dear friend and co-worker, Keith, asked me if I'd like to go to Epcot with him and watch the fireworks. I never turned down watching the fireworks at Epcot. So we went and we found a nice place to watch them from in front of the Japanese pavilion. Keith got a glass of plumb wine. I'd never had plumb wine before so I got one too. And I loved it! I hate the taste of most alcohol, but plumb wine is pretty sweet and sort of tastes like what I would imagine wine would taste like in Narnia. 

So last night Peter and I were having dinner at the Japanese restaurant around the corner and I ordered a glass of plum wine. I took a sip and was like "Whoa, Epcot!" and I said "Peter, I think having a glass of plum wine is like a little taste of Epcot." and he had a sip and agreed. And we also both agreed that plum wine tasted vaguely educational, just like Epcot. 


August 18, 2014

Sterling Holloway

"What do you do for relaxation, Sterling?"


One of the greatest voices the world has ever known.
Don't you think?

August 11, 2014

Roland SH-1000

I really like these videos where someone makes an entire song with just one synthesizers. They really give you an idea of what it's capable off. Also, I think (on and off) that I might like to get an SH-1000 someday. Because it was Roland's first synthesizer ever, I feel like there must be some special magic in it. Does anyone have one and have an opinion? 

August 4, 2014

Ablaze With Wonders!

This was one of my favorite movies as a kid, and I guess it still is! I love this poster -- it merges two of my favorite time periods, the 50's and the 70's. Did I see the new Maleficent movie? Yes, I saw it and I loved it. 

July 31, 2014

冨田勲 ISAO TOMITA Live at Linz Austria 1984 or The History of the Universe with Music, Lights, Laser and Fire Above the Danube

People sometimes muse about what great concerts in the past they wish they could have attended. For me it's Tomita's concert in Linz Austria in 1984. I would have been about 8 months old when it happened. I've been a huge Tomita fan since I was a kid, he's probably my favorite of all the old synthesist great. Anyway, on a trip home to Ohio last year (with David Barnhart, to visit Jon Sonnenburg actually!) I found this CD:  Tomita Live at Linz 1984. So, I've been listening to it and love it. But these videos of the show! Tomita (and some pals) are in a glass pyramid that's suspended over the water by a crane!

The whole show really reminds me of the Illuminations fireworks / water / laser show at Epcot. I wonder if one inspired the other? Even looking at these pictures, I feel like I'm a kid again looking at all the photos of my grandparents vacation to Epcot. Amateur photos of sparks and lasers shooting through smoke, probably taken on an old kodak disposable camera -- my imagination was all aflutter!

*these photos below are actually from a Tomita concert in Sydney, but I'd assume it was all the same props.

July 27, 2014

Echoes of Disneyland

Gosh, sorry it's been so quiet around here. I've been so busy with work lately. I must reassure you that this blog is not dead! I think it still has a lot of life in it yet. Anyway, on to this post!

Echoes of Dinseyland is a little record that was originally released in 1955. Back in those days there was an organ shop on Main Street in Disneyland that sold Wurlitzer organs. Dee Fisher used to perform in the shop, playing Disney themes on the Wurlitzer. This record is a live recording of one of those performances. I think it's just wonderful! It's one of those records I listen to when I get tired of all the other music that I'd normally listen to.... though, this is slowing starting to become my norm!

It's interesting because it was released in 1955, Disney didn't have a ton (or, at least, as much) material to work with. So there are a few classics on here: A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, When You Wish Upon A Star, Someday My Prince Will Come, etc. But then there's some deeper cuts such as Bella Notte from Lady and the Tramp, Little April Shower from Bambi, and some stuff that I can't even place. 

It's a great record to listen to while walking around by yourself around dusk on a cool summer night.  Echos of Dinseyland is such an amazing title and perfect for this record. And if you let yourself think of it in this light, it sort of sounds like a bunch of Disney songs being played in a funeral parlor. I, personally, don't like to go there. This record is available on iTunes. I couldn't find any samples of it to play for you here, so instead here's an almost unrelated song that is currently my summer jam:

Concert Last Sunday

These pictures make it look like there was only one person in attendance... there were a few more ;)

Thanks to Peter and Kevin for the pics, and to Christine for putting the concert together. There is talk of setting up a Christmas concert latter this year at the Quaker meeting house. I hope I'm in town for it -- to provide a switched-on segment.

July 13, 2014

Concert Next Sunday

Hello readers,

If any of you are in the New York City area next sunday I'll be playing a short concert (probably about ten minutes) as part of a collective concert at the Quaker Meeting House on 15th St.

Here is the wonderful, exciting write-up for this event:

Come one, come all!
Relaxing musical event!
Free! And happiness and joy will abound.
Sunday, July 20th, 1pm to 2:30/3:00
15th St Meeting House/Meeting Room

Performers will include bagpiping John Maynard, Moog synthesizing Jacob Graham, spiritual/gospel singing D.D. Sims, Irish instruments and voice wizard Lorcan Otway, classical violinist Diana Smith-Barker.  There will also be a special guest or two!

Everyone welcome to 11:00 Meeting for Worship at 15th St before this event, and coffee/food between 12:00and 1pm immediately preceding the concert.

July 4, 2014

June 10, 2014

Time Travel

David McDermott and Peter McGough will always hold a special place in my heart.

June 8, 2014

Am I living in the Wrong Time?

Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong time. Maybe I should have been born in 1870, or 1930, or 1955. What would my life have been like? I must admit to you, reader, that I'm not so devoted to vintage Roland instruments as I was when I started this blog years ago. I felt like I hit a wall. I felt a little lost. About twelve years ago I started building a modular synthesizer in MU format with modules from I've started building up my modular system again. And I'm realizing it's a great time to be alive! is no longer the only company making these things. There's a whole bunch of people doing it, and I suspect there's more on the way! Anyway, that's what I'm up to. 


May 31, 2014

Finally, a Practical, MUSICAL Application for Sample & Hold!

I'm definitely admitting a lot of ignorance here; but I've just never, in all my years of playing and programing synthesizers, found a useful purpose for a Sample & Hold circuit. People always say "No, they're super useful!" and then proceed to sample a noise source and produce your classic computing / calculating sound. Who needs it!

Well, here it is! Someone using Sample & Hold to produce a lovely melodic passage. Can't wait to try it out for myself. Thanks Doug!

May 24, 2014

This Noise is Too Noisy!

We've only played a hand full of concerts in the past few months, one in South America and one in The Philippines last week, so I've only had a few opportunities to road test my new set up (including the Moog Subphatty -- perhaps I'll start calling it The Sub25, that sounds much nicer!). Anyway, I've been noticing that the noise on this thing sounds really crazy. Like, ahh!! make it stop!!! So, today I decided to crack open the manual again and just like my issues with the oscilators (see Tone Color 2) if you turn the noise knob past 6 (not very far at all!) bad things start to happen. This is what the manual says:

"Settings higher than 6 push the level beyond unity, imparting gentle filter distortion."
"gentle filter distortion" is putting it gently! It sounded like the world was ending! I was looking for wispy, gentle streams of air. But there's more...

"The Sub Phatty’s noise generator produces a signal called pink noise. Pink noise has equal amplitude in every octave, making it sound deeper than white noise—more like the sound of a waterfall. Most synthesists consider pink noise more useful than white noise."

Unfortunately I am not one of those synthesists.  White noise is the standard I'm used to and it just seems so much cleaner and sits better in a mix. Oh well, the moral of the story is to just read your manuals from start to finish. I've used so many different synthesizers in my life I was overly confident in how things are "supposed" to work. But these are new times, things are different now. Everything distorts.

May 8, 2014

The Point

Arrow and Oblio

The Point (1971) was one of my favorite movies as a kid. I used to borrow a VHS tape of it from the library all the time. It's about a boy, Oblio, who has a round head but lives in a world where people only have pointy heads. Oblio is ostracized because of the shape of his head, even his parents don't know what to do about it when wearing a pointy hat isn't enough. It's narrated by Dustin Hoffman (a latter version was narrated by Ringo Star).

Turns out the whole movie was based on a concept album by Harry Nilsson, who's songs are played throughout. I never knew that! But I suppose that's why the whole thing seems like a Yellow Submarine for children. I like the idea of Yellow Submarine but the whole thing just seems like a bunch on nonsense. The Point strikes the perfect balance, in my opinion, because it has a real story arc. See for yourself...

If you'd like to read a serious blog post about The Point, check this out:

May 1, 2014

Joy Electric Mix

Not all my favorite songs, but there's some good stuff in there!

April 21, 2014

To Become Cautiously Aquatinted

I've never considered myself one of Delia Derbyshire's loyal, diehard followers. I've always thought that I was just sort of vaguely interested in her. But for years now I've been reading articles, listening to music and interviews... I think that little by little we're actually become pretty close. We're both a little shy and socially awkward so I can understand it taking so long. But anyway, just today I was listening to an interview and she said:
"The 60's was a lovely blooming time but something happened in the 70's which made it not right. The world went out of tune with itself. The BBC was out of tune with itself. London went wrong, the country went wrong- the world! There was something that went wrong, to me, everything was out of tune in the world. So I fled the BBC and I thought I'd go as far north in England as I can. "

It really struck me. I've always felt like the world must have gone wrong in many ways around that time. I've never been able to describe exactly how, and even as she fumbled over her own description; "out of tune with itself" seems to really hit the nail on the head.

Delia, I can finally say that you and I are without a doubt kindred spirits.

April 13, 2014

I Love Delia Derbyshire!

Has anyone else noticed all the  people on the internet professing their love for Delia Derbyshire with a photo of Suzanna Ciani?  ... It somehow makes me doubt their love. 

April 11, 2014

Easter in Connecticut

Peter and I are going to Connecticut next weekend to visit his family for Easter. I'm really looking forward to it. We've gone out there the past couple years and we usually get a little carried away with the egg decorating - it gets a little competitive. 

April 10, 2014

Analog Heaven Midwest Meetup 2014

Last weekend I flew to Chicago and David and I drove out to Indianna for the 2014 Analog Heaven Midwest Meetup. Our friends Jon and Andrew were going and included us on an email thread making their plans to go. I had that weekend free so I though "sure, why not?". David and I had never been to one of these events before so we didn't really know what to expect. I had been to that "voltage control fair" they had in New York a while back as part of the Source of Uncertanty festival. But that was venders trying to sell you something. This AH meetup was another thing entirely. No one peddling their wares, just a bunch of really enthusiastic synthesizer... enthuseists. And in keeping with the spirit of such a public event, it took place in the library of a public school. 

Everyone there was super friendly and we all just spent hours and hours (eight hours?!) going around the room and playing with stuff. At one point David and I felt like our heads were about to explode so we took a walk. We ended up finding a greenhouse and took the liberty of letting our selves in. Greenhouses really are lovely.

So, let's talk about these photos shall we? The first photo in the above collage is a sort of general picture of the whole even from as far back as I could get. The second is Jon and David working with an Arp Axxe, SEM, and Roland MC-8 (thing David brought), struggling a little to get the pitch to track properly. The third photo is David playing a very old R. A. Moog version of the minimoog. Ever since I've known David he's had a thing for minimoogs, so I was glad to snap this pic. 

Fourth photo is David playing and Oberheim Two Voice, which is essentially two SEMs put together with a keyboard. He's having a really nice time playing it as you can see! The fifth photo is Jon holding a little clapping device, sort of an updated version of the clap trap. The sixth photo is Andrew tryin' out one of those new Buchla music easels. I may have mentioned before that I was pretty interested in this little Buchla when it was first announced that it'd be reissued but then was kind of turned off when they subsequently announced the price (yikes!). I played with this one a little too, I liked it but wasn't quite convinced it was for me.

After the meetup was over... it wasn't over. We all went out to dinner together and after that we all went back to the hotel and hung out until the wee hours of the night, having a couple drinks and still talking about analog synthesizers - I guess that's why they call it Analog Heaven.

The last photo is all of us together at the hotel the next morning. Jon and David thought it would be funny to wear shirts of my old (and I do mean old!) band Polaris. The trip was totally a blast I'm so glad I went and I'm so glad that I have these three friends to geek out with and get excited about stuff that no one else understands. They are all such a blessing! I don't know that the AH Midwest meetup will be a yearly event for me, but I'm certain it won't be my last!

UPDATE: just uploaded a hi-res version of the above photo, so you can click on it and see what's join on. And this video just turned up, if you'd really like to get a feel for what the day was like:

EMS Putney (VCS3) iPad Ap

I'm not really qualified to give a proper review of an iPad app. I don't use them when I record music but I'm in Colombia this weekend so I installed it to have something to entertain myself with on the flight down. I have downloaded a few synthesizer and theremin apps -- usually for the same purpose of an alternate form of entertInment on long flights. So I have a rough idea of what makes a good app and what makes a poor one. I'd say this is a good one, perhaps the best I've seen yet. The interface looks beautiful. You can see instantly that great care was put into the look of this thing. 

How does it sound? Pretty good! The spring reverb sounds great and legit and the thing distorts at times when I'd assume a real vcs3 would. One thing I did notice is that when you bend the pitch with the joy stick really fast it sounds pretty digital. 

One reason I've always been interest in this synthesizer (and any other synthesizer that poseses one - Arp 2500, etc) is that peg board. It's such a rare thing... I've never used one in real life. Lately I've found myself searching the internet for a moderately priced synthesizer that has one of these peg boards. So far I've found nothing. Let me know if you know of any! But sticking these little digital pins in the board on this app is fun. It's true experimentation (if you don't know what you're doing -- like me. If you do know what you're doing, the above screen shot probably looks like utter nonsense).

So, for anyone that does use apps to create music and/or enjoys a bit of time travel, I would recommend giving this one a whirl.

April 3, 2014

It's Finally Happened...

I saw Kraftwerk perform tonight. I've been a fan since I was a kid, have all their records and always wanted to see them, but it's always seemed impossible to get tickets (in this city!). But some how it happened this time. Jonathan and I went together. We had a lovely time. I've heard (I'm sure you have too) about how boring Kraftwerk can be live. Well, this show was sort of special... it was in 3D! That's right, 3D glasses and everything. I feel like I waited till just the right time to see them.

April 1, 2014

North America's Nine Nations

I rarely repost other's blog posts, but this seemed really interesting to me. No sure why exactly... I guess it's just interesting to look at our country (and continent) through someone else's eyes and in this case someone from 1981. See the original post and resulting discussion at the Paleofuture blog:

In other news, Moog just announced this:

I don't understand.

update: oh, it's like an April fools sort of thing. I never get those.

Strange SH-5 Style Juno-6

This is so bizarre. I don't know why one would modify a Juno-6 like this, but I'll admit it is instantly more appealing. Thanks to Sam for the heads up on this one ;)

If you'd like to own it, here is the auction:

March 20, 2014

Tone Color #2

Ever since I got the Moog Subphatty (I know, that name has got to go! Thank goodness they're fazing it out on the new Sub37), I haven't quite been able to get to sound I wanted. It just sounded too Moogy or something. I know I know, it is a Moog synthesizer, of course it's going to sound like a Moog. But I've owned or possessed a few Moogs in the past (Prodigy, Rogue, Opus 3, Mini-Model D) and I was always able to get the clear tone I was looking for. 

This new Synthesizer has that "Multidrive" so you can sort of over drive your sound after the filter -- definitely not something I'm interested in so I've always kept that firmly turned off.  But what I didn't realize was that the Oscillators would overdrive before hitting the filter if you turned them up past ten! I'd just assumed that you should always have your Oscillators cranked to get the cleanest signal. But if you turn these guys up past ten, they distort, so your saw tooth or triangle waveforms all end up becoming square waves essentially.

So, I've finally discovered how to get the clear, floating, other-worldly tones of my dreams on this synthesizer. My mind is still growing! And so is yours!

March 16, 2014

Moog Exhibit

So, as I mentioned earlier, the new Rough Trade shop in town has a Moog exhibit going all month long. I always feel so awkward going to these sorts of things. I never know what to do. You kind of fiddle with the instruments a little under the watchful eye of a salesmen who probably "doesn't get your art" or whatever. But! These things so rarely happen (though they are more frequent these days, in this city than I'd ever dreamt). So after a lovely dinner, at our favorite Italian restaurant, Peter and I made our way towards the river and that new Rough Trade shop. It was very cold! So cold that we said to ourselves "is this worth it? I don't know!"

Eventually we arrived at the store which was larger than expected and completely empty. We walked up the stairs to the exhibit and in the room were three guys who were all talking to one another but stopped as soon as they saw us. "And the awkwardness begins!" I thought to myself. Then as I assessed my surrounding I noticed that one of the guys, wearing a Moog shirt looked very familiar. We looked at each other for a split second before we both realized who we were.

His name was Andrew and we attended the same school together when we were kids in a very small town in Ohio (it's so crazy he ended up working for Moog, really is such a small world!). So we chatted and caught up for a few minutes. Then I realized that I recognized another guy in the room. I didn't know his name but I had met and talked to him quite a bit a couple years ago when we performed at the Moog Festival. His name was Trent and he was very eager to hear my feedback on all the Moog products I've been using. I told him that my number one complaint was that one couldn't delay the modulation on Moog instruments. I also told him that an auto-bend effect would be nice and a few other nit picky things. He was very receptive and wrote all my comments down and said that they would try to implement all these things on the new Moog Sub37 synthesizer. "How exciting to play a small part in electronic music history!" I thought to myself.

So, we all had a nice time and learned a valuable lesson about getting out and doing things. Also, the third guy in the room's name was Ian, and he was really cool. I actually saw him a couple days latter hanging around some other analog synthesizers, we had another nice chat then too. Ian, if you're reading this leave a comment and tell me how I can get in touch with you!

As an unexpected bonus, we happened upon this Ghost Box display. I do enjoy the music Ghost Box puts out, I've bought a few of their releases -- some physically and some digitally. I know now that Ghost Box will probably be something that in ten years I'll have to own everything and by then it will all be outrageously priced. I'll be kicking my self for not getting it all when it was right in front of me. But, that's just the way these things go I suppose. 


March 14, 2014

MeMe Antenna - New Synthesizer Counter Space

So, I stopped by MeMe Antenna last night (our favorite little Japanese gift shop, with a small corner in the back devoted to analog synthesizers) and it was closed earlier than usual. I took this super spy photo through the window. Looks like their little synthesizer nook is expanding! How exciting!