Thursday, 1 December 2011

BugBrand Live vs Ekoplekz (8th Dec 2011)

Coming soon at the Arnolfini, Bristol::
Thursday 8th December 2011 - £5 Entry.
I'll be playing with Ekoplekz

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Instructo-videos x 3

Here we have three instructional videos, focused on using the BugModular for rhythmics and hooking up with a Roland TR-606 and a Korg Mono/Poly. Step by step to show some techniques.

2 x 1Frame Setups

Here are two complete 1Frame setups - made up with similar modules, but with slight differences.

System One (Top) -
PWR - Mini-Power // CTL2 - Joystick/Touch // ENV1 - Attack Decay // 2 x SYN2A - Utility VCO // DD2 - LFO/DC-Mix // PRC3A - SV Filter // PRC2 - BugCrusher // DD1 - Modulator/LoPassGate // UTL2 - Output Mix

System Two (Bottom) -
PWR - Mini-Power // CTL2 - Joystick/Touch // ENV1 - Attack Decay // SYN1 - Weevil // SYN2A Utility VCO // DD2 - LFO/DC-Mix // PRC3A - SV Filter // DD1 - Modulator / LoPassGate // UTL2 - Output Mix

Both systems come housed in the regular Frame enclosure with the choice of 19" Rack Ends or 1Frame Desktop Ends. Supplied with a Starter Pack of Cables.

These systems are to be offered to the BugModularMailingList.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Modular T-Shirts - just in time for Winter

I just got a new T-Shirt design printed - limited run of 50 - a wonderfully riffing design from the skewed mind of Christopher! Of course, given the origins, these had to be bright yellow.

Gildan Ultra Cotton 'Daisy' Shirts with 5 colour screen print expertly produced by Uno One in Bristol.

Now online in the BugBrand Shop.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Update for Berlin Show - Saturday 8th @ Kamine und Wein

Ok - here are the details for the Saturday night show at Kamine und Wein, 58 Prinzenallee (nr. Pankstrasse) - from 20:30 - with Jayrope and Olaf Hilgenfeld. + DJ Samtbody

Linkages -
Facebook (I don't know if this works 'cos I don't do such things..)

Here's the flyer (click for big):

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Berlin Preparations (100th post!)

Bumper excitements for post #100!
Three things to share as I prepare for a week in Berlin.

1) A recording of a practice:

2) Custom bags for the 2Frame Shallow setups:
Tomorrow I will be finding out whether Easyjet really do let you take on musical instruments like this. Fingers crossed!
The cases are soft and well padded, with a big pocket on the front for PSU / cables / panties.
Carry handles + a shoulder strap.
Dark blue - not quite BugBlue, but hey..

3) Not one, but TWO shows (in Berlin):
- Saturday 8th Oct at .... (name to follow!) ... - the show will be in Wedding, I think on Prinzenallee - nearest subway is Pankstrasse.
This will be another relatively low-key affair with demo, talking and playing with my friend Jayrope -
I think it is also being billed as "Miracle Research Association #3"
I'll update details once I hear more.

I'll be treating both of these shows as fun explorations and demonstrations - hopefully a great chance to meet some new people and have a good play. Do come along if you are around.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Flying Weevil

Really HIGH!

Thanks to the nut-case DanP!

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Four Years Progress

Four years ago I'd been DIYing modular stuff for a year or two at least and was having a lot of fun - but then I was faced with the challenge of how to take a system to Europe (on Easyjet). I ended up building this (built to the Easyjet musical instrument carry-on dimensions - of course, flying from the UK they totally DIDN'T let me carry it on...) and performed a 4am wobbly-techno set by a lake near Berlin for the Goldmund Festival - it was great.

The Modular has always been driven by what I desire from a live system and portability has always been a major concern for me. Since I started producing 'regular' systems, the size has come down a long way from the old DIY days, but my 4" deep Frames still felt a little cumbersome - and they actually held a lot of wasted space since I changed all module designs to the new Rev.2 status (using SMD parts).

So, when I was asked to return again to the same festival (now called Am Ende Der Wald - it really is the most magical event and location) I got the idea to produce a new system frame - the Shallow Frame. Not only does it cut down the depth by almost 50% (now only 2.3" deep) but I also spread out to the sides to produce a 16-width frame (2 foot wide) - why should I stay constrained by the original sizes dictated by 19" Racks when 95% of my frames DON'T get used in 19" Racks?! I really do see these new frames as the future! (Yes, they will be regular production cases, along with the current 11-width ones)

Here are the results - a 2FrameShallow setup, crammed to the gills with sonic & rhythmic power! Believe me, this system is seriously fun to play and constantly surprises with variety. And it is pretty portable too. If you want to catch the results, then I'll be playing around Midnight on the first night at the Space Opera Saloon. [Click the pics for larger versions]

Top Row:
SYN1 Weevil // 3 x SYN2A Utility VCO // 2 x DD2 LFO/DC-Mix // PRC5 Wavefolder // 2x PRC3A SV Filter // PRC4 Dual LPG // DD3 VCA/Drive // 2x PRC1 PT Delay // UTL1 Dual Preamp // PRC2 BugCrusher
Bottom Row:
SEQ1 Sequence Hub // CTL3A Prototype 8 Stage Preset // CLK2A Divisions // CLK2B Binary Divisions // CLK3A Triple Logic // UTL6C Diode Director // 3x ENV1 Attack/Decay // UTL2B Outputs

[Yes, as always, virtually no public availability due to ongoing work with current system users - but I *AM* working towards 'proper' production - oh yes! Sign up for the ModularMailingList via the main BugSite]

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Baby Mani Sleeping Soundly

Jules wrote to me recently with a wonderful picture - his new baby boy with his old Weevil (c.2006 I think).

"I cannot tell you how brilliant the weevil is in terms of helping this little baby sleep."


[My niece also had a lot of fun with a Postcard Weevil from the age of 1year6months and I've heard similar from a few people. I'm always a bit surprised that they seem fine when putting the touch-plates in their mouths because that can certainly give a tingly little shock!]

Thursday, 2 June 2011

BEAM festival

I'll be doing a WOM event at the end of June at the Brunel Electronic & Analogue Music festival
As you can see - LOTS going on at it!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Daren Ager's Radiophonic Set - help Japan! (and links to other BugMod Radiophonics)

At the start of April there will be a great event at the Cube Cinema in Bristol over two evenings - A Radiophonic Weekend - Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd April 2011.

Recently I asked the users of my BugModular systems to come up with short tracks inspired by the works of the Radiophonic Workshop to be played in between parts of the Cube weekend. You can listen to all the tracks via the MuffWiggler Forum Thread Here. The results are, though I say so myself, freaking amazing and highly varied.

Daren Ager has gone one step further and has compiled his tracks into an album which he is now offering at a super price of only £1.25 with ALL proceeds being donated to the Red Cross for the Japan Disaster Relief Fund. (You can also easily donate MORE if you'd like!)

And to whet the appetite, here's one of his new videos:

Monday, 14 March 2011


These are the pics that relate to the latest ModularMailOut.
(what, you're not subscribed to the mailing list?!)
Click the images for large versions.

5 x 1Frame Systems - shown without EndCheeks

Overview of the two System types
They're identical other than Type1 has 3xSYN2A Utility VCO while Type2 has one SYN2A replaced by a PRC5 Wavefolder

With Desktop EndCheeks

With 19" Rack EndCheeks

Costings: All prices are exclusive of shipping and VAT (@ 20% - applicable to all UK & EU sales)

Frame - £70
Desktop EndCheeks (Pair) - £20
MiniPower (inc UK or EU PSU) - £75
ENV1 Attack Decay - £100
SYN2A Utility VCO x 3 - £270
DD2 LFO / DC Mixer - £80
DD1 Modulator / LPG - £90
DD3 VCA / Drive - £90
PRC3A SV Filter - £90
PRC1 PT Delay - £95
UTL2 Output Mix - £60
Starter Cable Pack (24 Cables) - £40
TOTAL = £1080

For System Type 2 (PRC5 replaces one SYN2A) - add £5

For 19" Rack EndCheeks - subtract £5
For worldwide sales (120V operation) MiniPower is discounted due to self-sourcing PSU - subtract £7.50

Typical Shipping Costs -
UK - Special Delivery - £22.50
EU - DHL - £40
Worldwide - DHL - £50

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Toggle Time

Soon it will be time to::::

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

StringThing DIY

Five years ago, back when I was making a load of Contact Mics, I soldered some guitar string offcuts onto the back of a C-mic and enjoyed the plinky fun sounds that resulted:

Recently someone reminded me of these and I thought I'd make a new version mounted in a little box. Here's a simple DIY guide to make your own (click images to enlarge):

It is a very simple setup - a c-mic mounted inside a little box with some guitar string pieces (c. 6" length) soldered on to the back of the c-mic.
I used some plain and some wound guitar strings of various diameters - you can experiment with different gauges and different lengths.
The only slightly tricky part is how to effectively solder the strings onto the back of the c-mic - what is important here is to get decent heat-transfer - make sure your soldering iron is as hot as it can be (I turn mine up full) and that it is clean.
- I first make a blob of solder on the back of the c-mic, about 1cm diameter
- I then tin the ends of the guitar strings
- clean the iron tip and re-tin it, but with quite a lot of solder
- now re-melt the solder blob and fuse in the guitar string
- repeat for all the other strings, spacing them very slightly apart from one another
- you can see in the 2nd image how I stripped back the ends of the wound strings to expose the plain central core

I mount strings onto the c-mic and then use epoxy resin (araldite etc) to fix the c-mic into the plastic case.
The Piezo element is just a standard 27mm piezo disc.

Have fun!

Monday, 3 January 2011

BugBrand SoundCloud

My beginning to use Virb last year coincided with the service turning poop.. I've finally set up a SoundCloud username to replace this and serve as an easy upload space for sound demos.

Here's the new destination:

Starting off with some rough recordings from my new playing setup - making use of XBase09, Mono/Poly, Fat Controller, Time Factor and, of course, BugBrand Modular.