Monday, December 29, 2008

christmas toy

christmas toy, originally uploaded by recompas.

Got a Blacet Darkstar Chaos for xmas. Lots of video game sound fun. Decided to build a modular cabinet for that, my Evenfall Minimodular and my Blacet Stonez which is on the way. Time for bed now.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Live set - Eyedrum 12.19.08

Here's our set from last night. This one is all minimal, no drums. Really nice board mix.


Friday, December 19, 2008

Live recording 12-13-08

Here's our live set from last weekend at 529 in East Atlanta. Pretty decent sound quality, though the drums are mixed pretty loud (I think this was from only one channel in the board).


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Moog Rogue - Craigslist deal of the year

Moog Rogue, originally uploaded by recompas.

Its nice to know you can still come across good deals on craigslist if you keep your eyes peeled. I scored this Moog Rogue for $50! It took some contact cleaner and rubbing alcohol and about an hour of work, but it looks really good. I still have to get inside and remove all the deteriorated, oilified foam under the panel (total mess), but I rigged up a power supply and it works like a champ. Tuning is a little unstabled, but I only had an 18vac supply laying around, and it requires 24vac. Hopefully that will fix it.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Judi Chicago Promo Shots

Judi Chicago Promo Shots, originally uploaded by FuckYouNinja.

Here's a bunch of synths and crap and Judi Chicago

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Orgone Accumulator

From our show last Saturday, Fringe Factory at the Highland Inn.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

For everyone with a Korg Poly 61...

Merry early Christmas

I've been thinking about this for a while, and thanks to some pointers from the Synth DIY mailing list, I've managed to get a nice workable mod for realtime filter cutoff and resonance on my Poly 61.

The digital signal for the filter cutoff can be found coming out IC 42, where a simple DAC is created with 6 signals and some resistors. These lead to IC 36, which buffers the signal and sends it to pin 12 of connector 10A (cpu to voice board).

Similarly, filter resonance comes from IC 36, a buffer that is connected to IC 28. Pin 13 is the location on the connector.

Take the signals from the connector cable by carefully cutting wires 12 and 13 and stripping them. Solder wires and insulate propers (this can be tricky, and messy).

For the cutoff pot, you can create a voltage divider between +5 volts and the signal coming from the CPU board (max cutoff is -5volts). There are many places to get 5 volts, I used Pin 26 on IC28.

For the resonance, use a ground point for one side of the pot, and the cpu board side for the other, the signal is 0-10 volts.

Probably not the cleanest mod in the world, but simple to do, and it really adds a new level of expression to the cheap and easy to find Korg Poly 61. One note, when you program a patch now, the cutoff level will determine the max cutoff amount the potentiometer will affect, and resonance amount will determine the minimum resonance setting for that potentiometer. In other words, for full range, set the cutoff to 63, and the resonance to 0.

Enjoy non stepped filter sweeps!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thomas Henry Mega Percussive Synthesizer

I just spent a very long day building this using a circuit board I picked up from They did a fantastic job with the layout, and thanks to a bunch of great tips and diagrams on the forum I didn't have much trouble. I created the panel using laminated paper, as is suggested by Music From Outer Space (Ray Wilson) and I'm super happy with the results.

I decided to use a giant sized Voice of Saturn case and had room to add a simple spring reverb module as well. Its pre-patched to take the MPS output, but the jacks are normalled so you can use it with any source.

Here's an mp3 of it in action. Towards the end I am triggering and cv-sequencing using a Voice of Saturn Sequencer.

audio demo

More info on the MPS here.

Friday, October 31, 2008

recompas live 10.30.08

We've been busy. Here's last night's set from Kavarna, pretty chill and atmospheric.


Thursday, October 30, 2008


Woo! Thanks to Matt at the Mobius. There's more videos linked from the YouTube page.

Live set from last night...

Here's the set we played last night, board recording: linky.

The second tune is a cover of Gong's Master Builder. Overall I think one of our best gigs, very space. Sole and the Skyrider Band were great.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Voice of Saturn at Maker Faire this weekend!

We'll have a table this weekend at the Maker Faire in Austin, TX. Scott @ Curious Inventor will be doing some soldering demos (including some advanced surface mount mumbo jumbo) and I'll be demoing current Voice of Saturn gear as well as the prototype ribbon controller I've been working on (above). Come out and say hi!

Also, be sure to check out eric archer's band operation playmate as they will be performing on Sunday. Eric is behind the wonderful and amazing drone commander.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Voice of Saturn in Italy!

The nice folks over at the Italian site have some nice VoS tutorials. Check 'em out!


Thursday, September 18, 2008

recompas live @ The EARL 9.17.08

Live set from last night's show with Tussle and the Selmanaires. It keeps growing.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New Voice of Saturn ~Modulator!

The Voice of Saturn ~Modulator, and compact sound processing module that includes a VCA, Attack - Release generator, and LFO with square and triangle outputs.

More info:


Saturday, August 30, 2008

Live at the Ice House

New live set from last night, at the East Atlanta Ice House - link here

Thursday, August 21, 2008

booster / distortion unit

booster / distortion unit, originally uploaded by recompas.

Coming soon...destroys speakers.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

recompas live this saturday

We'll be playing the Drunken Unicorn this Saturday along with Sonn Av Krusher and Lay Down Mains. Live recording to follow, here is some to tide you over.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

New ambient piece

This was a collaboration between myself and the newest recompas member, Nathan.


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Live set from Silver Apples show

Here is the set we did last night, opening up for the Silver Apples.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

More Voice of Saturn vids

Thanks to Miyagi for this one. He can be found at and

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Silver Apples, WREK, more amazing Italians

We'll be live on the air (WREK Atlanta 91.1FM) on to promote the upcoming Silver Apples show. The radio show, Stonehenge, is quite possibly the best classic rock show on the radio anywhere.

Also, another incredible gem from 36 15 Moog

Friday, June 13, 2008

Monday, June 9, 2008

Drone In Bb

Just got my portable bit of PAIA 4700 completed and made Drone In Bb.

Modules are (left to right):

Multiple, 3 X 4720 Vco, DIY LFO based off of XR2206 monolithic function generator, 3 in 1 out mixer, transistor noise source, 2 X AR generator, CEM3379 based VCF, 4710 Balanced Modulator. Only this system and a Roland RE-201 Space Echo were used in the piece.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Fantastic music blog

36 15 Moog

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Talking Computron

Circuit bending my birthday present. Sound samples to come.

Saturday, May 24, 2008


I spent the whole of friday soldering. Literally all day, but my Oakley TB3031 works and its very acid. sample (with xbase 09): here

Project Apollo Pt. 1

Looking through my webserver, I found this from Dec '06:

Project Apollo pt. 1

This is basically pre-current-recompas members.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Curious Inventor PS2 to Midi

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Brain Soup

This seriously made my head explode:

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Unintentional Genius

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

recompas - The Ur-Quan Masters

More space music. Second studio attempt. Nerdiest name ever. here.

For the real Ur-Quan Masters, click here.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

If anybody is reading this

This band messaged me about the Voice of Saturn Synth....

if anyone is actually reading this, check them out. They're completely fantastic and Italian.

myspace link

Thursday, March 6, 2008


Now we can all make daft punk spacesuits:


Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Breast Massage Robot

Yep. Breast Massage Robot. If that ain't space rock, ain't no robot space rock.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Enter The Mobius

A few years ago I used to help host The Mobius, an electronic radio show on WREK Atlanta, 91.1FM. Its still going strong and is the only place in Atlanta to hear experimental electronic music, idm, breakbeat, aceeed, etc...

Anyway, Threv, now one of the current hosts has some musical projects, both of which have blogs. In a vaguely incestuous move, I present the links here:

Hermaline's Blog
The Secret Life Blog

Friday, February 22, 2008

I <3 E B N

Cheese? Yes. Awesome? Yes. From Rhode Islabs? Yes. Also there's the "We will rock you" one.

I <3 Space Art

I admit, I don't know nearly as much about this group as I should. I know that their first record, Onyx, has been re-released by Anthology Recordings, a fantastic label dedicated to reissuing some of the best psychedelia to have ever slipped through the cracks of pop culture. This is some seriously fantastic space music! linky

Check out this video: onyx

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Voice of Saturn Synthesizer now available!

Our very own DIY analog synth module: The Voice of Saturn Synthesizer is now available in kit or fully built and tested form through The Curious Inventor website. Check it out for sound samples, videos, schematics, instructions, etc.

Apocalyptic Horse Whisperers (with report)

Some current signs that the end is near - 2008 edition:

  • -example 1: Kat von D - tattooey tart with penchant for bristly 70s moustaches, hairless cats, B.O. (I'm oddly obsessed)
  • -figure c: Chuck E Cheese animatronic jamboree band now plays a mix of Anthony Braxton and Toni Braxton
  • -part 21: blake buys 3 dvds of The Letter People childrens shows and shits himself; writes his 2nd entry to a blog in the same fiscal year

when blake helton is not cutting and pasting pics from The Holy Mountain or The Letter People, he loves playing daddy, drums, moog and mellotron (and recording it) with recompas, early modern witch trials, the hidden noise ensemble (with longtime pal and sonic wizard Colin Bragg) and visitor, a solo catch-all for ole BH.

The Farmer's Almanac Now Offers TXT MEX ALRTS

...well, not really.  But I do.  Tellya what, readers.  Send me your 1) phone number 2) three USD (cash only, parcel post only, preferably with all bills rigidly affixed to one another via staples or epoxy) and I'll let you know days in advance when it's time to rotate your crops.

Blake and I decided this would be a good idea after watching Travis racing the hell outside to see the lunar eclipse last night.  He was about an hour early.  See, that's why eclipses are nice - when was the last time you were an hour early for something?

PS I'm serious about the epoxy.

Saturn aligns with Stonehenge

Greetings Kosmonauts, this is Ben Coleman, resident of Recompas (Recompas always strikes me as a community/village rather than an exclusive club).

When not floating in orbit around solaris with Recompas, or doing the nasty with Judi Chicago, I co-host the Stonehenge radio show on 91.1 FM, WREK Atlanta.

We play a lot of the incredible classic progressive, space and psych music that informs the Recompas databanks. You won't hear it anywhere else on the radio.

Tune into Stonehenge every week, and keep an eye out for Recompas shows in the Metro Atlanta area.

Do you hear the Voice of Saturn?

Welcome to The Voice of Saturn. I've set this up in order to post music/photos/info on things related to recompas, space music, and synthesizers. We are unabashedly nerdy. The following links are live recompas sets as well as our first "studio" recording, done entirely live on an Akai 4-track reel to reel recorder and mastered in pro-tools.

recompas - analogesic
recompas - Live 02.20.08
recompas - Live 02.09.08
recompas - Live 12.08.07
recompas - Live 10.10.07

Distribute and enjoy.