Mike Murphy

Hearding Cats Collective will offer a series of four classes in electronic instrument design taught by veteran DIY synthesist Mike ‘Doc Mabuse’ Murphy, plus one master class on Sunday 12 Nov 2017 in which Doc will be joined by Martin Freeman & Bbob Drake.
These classes are geared toward artists wanting to acquire a foothold in DIY audio circuit skills . They will not require prior experience nor will they require a mathematics or engineering background, nor will soldering be a part of the curriculum, as all projects will be rendered on breadboard. Tools, components, and breadboards will be provided.
The fee will be $40 for all 5 classes. The master class is set for 12 November, 2017,  but the remaining class times are still TBD, October-November. Class size is small and very limited. If you are interested, have questions, or both, please contact Doc at drmabuce@gmail.com.
Mike ‘Doc Mabuse’ Murphy is a veteran designer of dozens of one-of-a-kind ‘Electronium’ instruments and analog synthesizer modules including the Noise Ring, a collaboration with Grant Richter, founder and chief designer of the Wiard Synthesizer Company. Doc taught analog circuit design in the Audio Arts Department of Webster University.
Martin Freeman is the designer of the ‘Horndog’ circuit recent featured in Electronic Musician Magazine. He is a master in the uses of chaotic feedback in circuit design.
Bbob Drake is a renowned DIY master. His website, fluxmonkey.com, is one of the principle DIY analog references on the internet for people of all levels of expertise.

Analog Revenge

by Wobbuffet

Saturday, 13 May – 7:30pm
The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee Street

General Admission $15, Student and Artist $10

HEARding Cats Collective knows that our culture is drowning in digital technology, so we are proud to present ANALOG REVENGE and show the world that analog survives and thrives
ANALOG REVENGE presents three masters of analog synthesis with diverse approaches in an open forum that affords the audience the freedom to mix and match their own listening experience.


Rich ODonnell has truly done it all. He performed for 43 years a principal percussionist in the St. Louis Symphony. He is the current director of the Electronic Music Studio at Washington University, and in the mid ‘70’s he built a pair of large-scale, 40-module, modular analog systems with computerized patching matrices. Some of the modules he will use in ‘Analog Revenge’ come from these massive systems. Rich continues to design and build his own instruments and to improvise on them drawing on more than 60 years of experience in every form of music.
Kevin Harris is a mainstay in the St. Louis art scene. He has garnered widespread praise for equal prowess in music and visual media. He curated the legendary underground ‘Floating Labs’ venue, and conceived and created the acclaimed Octarrarium video/audio installations at the Regional Arts Commission in 2016.  Kevin’s prolific analog performances choreograph audio and video dimensions into a powerful, sophisticated synthesis.
Inhabiting the frontiers of art-rock and jazz led dr. mabuse (aka Mike Murphy) to conclude that off-the-shelf instrument designs fell too short of his musical visions, so he added prolific electronic design and construction skills to his decades of musical improvisation and composition experience. He is the original designer of the Noise-Ringcircuit that became a bestseller for Wiard Synthesizers and later, for Richter-Malekko . Doc’s approach to performance on electronic instruments has been described as,“intimate, to the point where the circuits seem almost like extensions of his own nervous system.”


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Summer Synth School! 4 Free Seminars Sponsored by HEARding Cats and Floating Labs

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