This past month has been about setting things up for the future. I’m settled into my new studio space and have everything wired up, including an extensive patchbay system and my new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera; my gigging case (The Tardis) has been rebuilt; 1970s-era extensions to my studio modular (The Monster) are finishing refurbishment. In case you’ve also been busy this past month, let me get you caught up on what I’ve been doing:


  • featured article: as I re-introduce some vintage gear into my modular system, I discover a few features I wish more modules supported today
  • new videos & posts: new webcasts and module reviews
  • course updates: adding the ability for you to comment and ask questions after each movie in a course
  • Patreon updates: posts on my gigging case, restoring my custom Gentle Electric cabinet, musings on triangle waves, and correcting an urban myth about why vintage modulars supposedly sound better than Eurorack
  • upcoming events: Covid cancels more plans
  • one more thing: want to learn about more modular artists?

New Videos & Blog Posts

Since the last newsletter, Ben “DivKid” Wilson and I did a Patching the Tardis webcast that went on for over 3 hours, including a very active chat room (also preserved with the video playback). I demonstrated a few different sections of my live case, and Ben and I got into issues of music performance and production well beyond just discussing individual modules.

The week after, I participated in the second annual Colorado Modular Synth Fest. I was part of the Saturday morning session that went over module updates from WMD, Empress Effects, and Five12; I gave a tutorial at the end on how to create what I call “ghost beats” where you use probability and logic to knock holes into an existing pattern while keeping its overall structure intact. This link will take you to a slightly higher quality excerpt of just my presentation. For more on using logic modules when creating patterns (a central part of the Ghost Beats technique), see this movie I created August of last year on the subject.

I also reviewed DivKid’s recent modulation module releases – the Instruō øchd and Steady State Fate RND STEP – for Synth & Software. Click here for that dual review.

Modular Courses Updates

The platform I moved all of my modular courses onto earlier this year recently added the ability to add comments after each “lesson” (video, in my case). This gives you the ability to ask follow-up questions, share your own tips and experiences, and so on. 

The downside is I have to manually enable it for each and every lesson – and there’s hundreds of them. So far I’ve enabled them for all except Eurorack Expansion Tier 2 and Tier 3; I will be finishing those off later this month.

Look for the “Discussions” button in the upper left of each lesson window to automatically scroll down to the Discussions section; it will be a text bar below the last part of the lesson. If you don’t see it, try clearing your browser’s cache and reloading the page.

Patreon Updates

July was a busy month on the Learning Modular Patreon channel. Some of the highlights include:


Upcoming Events

In the pre-Covid alternate reality, I was planning to attend and present at Modular Meets Leeds this month. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen in the reality we currently live in. There’s murmurs of a possible virtual version (but no solid plans); if it happens, I’m going to see what I can contribute to that.

One More Thing…

If you can’t get enough of modular – both its music and its creators – here are a couple of podcasts that you might be interested in:


  • If you would like to hear a weekly dose of new, often modular-based music, follow Data Cult Audio. It features a new audio-only no-talking set of music from a different musician each week. A.M. Filipkowski has been curating and hosting this free service for over three years now, so there’s quite a back catalog of artists – both well-known and new – for you to check out.
  • If you want to hear in-depth talks about creating both electronic music and its tools, Darwin Grosse’s always-thoughtful Art + Music + Technology podcast has been running since 2013. He recently created a Patreon page, which includes bonus content and background stories for the podcast as well as his personal adventures in electronic music – I highly recommend it.

The urge to compose is striking me stronger than ever these days. I am yet to come up with a good plan on how to balance that against creating videos as well as other content. Watch this space as I try to figure out how to deal with too much of a good thing (smile).

best regards –