Natural Synth by Jessica Rylan

“Well in the last update I claimed this was done, but as you can see it isn’t still. It’s like the classic adage that it takes 90% of the time to do the last 10% of the work. Anyway the Natural Synth has three noise generators and two triple low-frequency filters. It also has a Serge negative slew module, a diode ladder filter (like the VCS3 that Yamazaki Maso aka Masonna is obsessed with), and an APSI parametric eq. It’s really good for doing fluttery and swishy sounds, like water and leaves, and other times it does squiggly squeals and labored chuffing. I built it ‘wrong’ on purpose, and it really paid off, it feeds back internally! So when you patch it above the face plate, you also have to respect the way it patches itself internally.

“I played this synth on half of LTR, and also on the forthcoming Kites/Can’t cd.”

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in JTHomesteader.com with Stephanie Smith.

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