Switched On presents: Sorne, Bali Yaaah, & Troller @The North Door: August 31, 2013

 Switched On has always felt it necessary to help organize, curate, and support various styles of electronic music in our fair city. This time around we are proud to present Sorne, Bali Yaaah, and Troller at The North Door (ND) August 31st, 2013. 

Admission will be $8 at the door ($6 pre-sale) in order to support these talents!
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About the artists...


"It's as if Freddie Mercury, David Byrne, an early David Bowie, Afrika Bambaataa, and the Cure's Robert Smith had gotten together and had a baby. He (Morgan Sorne) is an enigma, chanting like an ancient tribesman, stomping like he's dancing for rain, and whirling like a helicopter, while his voice scales the ranges of the mesmerizing and hypnotic, to almost unnaturally Edith Piaf high notes." -Stephen Macmillan Moser of Austin Chronicle

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Bali Yaaah

"Bali Yaaah has a droning 60's psychedelia approach to 80's synth pop. Think love child between Velvet Underground and Depeche Mode. A fusion of deep fuzzy organs, syncopated drum machines, dubbed out bass, and blazing guitars, this trio establishes an enticing wall of dark dreamy sound. Driven by band leader and organist Chris Brown (Space Invader Orchestra), complimented by guitarist Jonas Hodges (Blase Faire, X=X) and bassist Alan Uribe (Sub Oslo, Tacks, the boy disaster, and Charanga Cakewalk) together, the band evokes an alluring blend of dark synth-pop, and art rock. Rhythmically, the group's influences come from around the world. Hints of African, Asian, and Latin traditions provide the backbone to many of the group's familiar, yet foreign compositions. Their live performances have increasingly become spectacles of light and motion that meld sublimely with the band's psyched out disco doom. Their highly recommended debut EP release, Never Early Always Fate has set the stage as Bali Yaaah continues to break new ground in danceable psychedelic music. The band is currently working on a collaborative effort of remixes due out before the new year."

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"Troller's album cover art, likely swiped from an Eighties swinger mag, sports an androgynous woman wearing only a leather vest – with an axe positioned strategically between her legs. That barbaric smuttiness defies the sonic polish positioning Troller as the most stylistically accessible project from local experimental label Holodeck. The group's debut, originally released on cassette and twice re-pressed on vinyl, includes 10 tracks that ride high on heavily processed beats, mellowed vocal wails, distorted bass guitar riffs, and dark analog discharges. Opener "Milk" pounds hard with Adam Jones' echo-maxed kick-and-snare hits, sounding like deep space hip-hop before layers of single-note phaser noises get strategically dumped atop the alien mix. Later, "Winter" demonstrates Troller's potential for beauty with twinkling keyboard pulses and Amber Star Ormand's steamy and soaring, yet lyrically indiscernible vocals. In between, several extended ambient passages splice in, but they don't test your patience as much as provide useful segues that make Troller enjoyable from initial needle drop to closer "Peace Dream," which hints at Sabbath with a doomed bassline rumbling under misty layers of analog noise. Slow, heavy, and dark, but not evil, Troller tranquilizes with unclassifiable mood music." -The Austin Chronicle

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Vince Clarke & Switched On @The Belmont, Oct. 11th 2013

Vince Clarke & Switched On @ The Belmont, Friday Oct. 11th!

Thats right! Vince Clarke of Depeche Mode, Erasure, and Yaz are coming to Austin for a special DJ set at the Belmont and Switched On will be in tow! Some of the Switched On crew will be present with synthesizers for attendees to tweak. Experience some of the tools that Vince and other legends used to make their tracks, as well as new gadgetry to take your sound to another dimension. 

ALSO: Switched On will be giving away a pair of tickets to attend this special event  v e r y  s o o n. Stay tuned on how to grip these tix! 

Doors are at 9PM and The Black & White Years will be performing as well! 

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Top Picks & New Arrivals: August 16th, 2013

Linn LM-1 DrumComputer with Kenton Midi modification

Moog PolyMoog 203a

Crumar Composer

Korg KR-55 Rhythm

Elektron MonoMachine SFX-60+ MkII

Fulltone Tube Tape Echo


All items have been tested and are 100% functional. Switched On repairs and restores all vintage items to full functionality.
If you have questions regarding any item please feel free to contact us via email or reach us by telephone.
(512) 782-8806
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Switched On Walk-Through feat. Sequential Circuits Prophet-5

A walk through of our store front in Austin, TX to allow you (the viewer) to quickly glance at some of our inventory.
This week your hearing the immense sound of the Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 being processed through a Roland RE-301 Chorus Tape Echo. 
If you see anything you would like to know more about please feel free to e-mail us
or call: (512) 782-8806 Noon-6pm (Central Standard Time)
Switched On buys, sells, repairs and restores all manners of musical electronics...new, used, and vintage.
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Paul F. Conly's resumé from 1970

We happened to stumble across an interesting slice of synth history and thought it was worth sharing. Below is a scan of Paul F. Conly's resume from 1970.  For those unfamiliar of Paul, he was an early electronic composer and arranger, but is more famously known for his work with the New York based psychedelic rock group,  Lothar & The Hand People.  Paul Conly was one of the first musicians to begin incorporating the Moog modular synthesizer and the theremin into contemporary forms of music. Notice under his references you see Walter Sear & Dr.  Robert Moog.  His resume clearly outlines some of his academic and cultural accomplishments. We felt this was an excellent document to help illuminate another pioneer in electronic music. If you find this interesting, check out our Flickr where we host other interesting documents, catalogs, and other synthesizer ephemera. 

"Nerd's Ascent" by P.ortra.it

Nerd's Ascent from Portrait on Vimeo.

Our pal Ron Kurti aka p.ortra.it came to Switched On looking to produce a video and song purely out of our current floor inventory. So, during the course of a night we shot his creation entitled "Nerd's Ascent", which is borrowed from the name of a patch on the Eventide Space reverb pedal. 

Direction/Production/Editing/Music: P.ortra.it
Director of Photography: Malcolm-Elijah.com
Location/Gear: SwitchedOnAustin.com
Audio Mastering: darkartmastering.com
Special thanks to Sarah, Chad, Eric, Michael, Eli and the whole Switched On Crew.

All sounds were recorded live at Switched On in Austin, Texas using new & vintage hardware synths & effects. The name "Nerd's Ascent" comes from the title of a patch on the amazing Eventide Space Reverb. Cast of characters: YAMAHA CS-40m, Moog Minimoog Voyager XL, YAMAHA YC-20 Combo Organ, Roland RE-501 Chorus Echo, Korg King Korg, Moog Sub Phatty, ARP Solus, Eventide Space Reverb, Sequential Circuits Drumtraks, Hohner Clavinet D6, Electro-Harmonix Q-TRON Envelope Filter, Moog MF-103 12-Stage Phaser, Moog Opus 3, Korg PME 40x Pedals, Moog Thermine Etherwave Plus, Cynthia Four Transients, Make Noise Rene, Make Noise Echophon, Bubblesound CVWS, Bubblesound VCOb, 4MS Quad Pingable LFO, 4MS Pingable Envelope Generator, 4MS VCA Matrix, Make Noise Function, Grendel Formant Filter, Livewire Dual Bissell Generator, Apple Macbook Pro, RME Fireface UC, Ableton Live 9.

All inquiries: talk@p.ortra.it


Switched On presents: Love Inks, No Mas Bodas, Polio Club 7/24 @North Door

Switched On is proud to present as part of our local programming in the electronic and experimental arts, a new series at the North Door (ND). 
Each month we will offer up a selection of Austin's (and beyond) best electronic acts, producers, and visual artists.

Wednesday July 24th we start with...


An array of electronic and classical instruments swirling together in an ecclectic and romantic way.

Minimal post-punk and experimental jangles. 

Also, keep your eyes open for Gift certificate giveaways from Switched On!


Original EMS Diagrams and Info Sheets posted on our Flickr

Switched On acquired some original diagrams, info sheets, and other fun synth documentation from the now extinct,
but legendary Electronic Music Studios (EMS) company. If you have ever wondered what these rare and expensiver synths have in terms of features, they are nicely laid out and explained here in these documents!

You can view high-res versions of these scans and so much more by clicking through to our Flickr.

The Korg MS-20 Mini's filter being overdriven: It's a monster.

Within the last year we have seen a new generation of analog mono-synths appear on the market from larger manufacturers like Korg, Moog, Novation, Arturia, etc. It seems that people are re-discovering the beauties of crafting sounds via analog subtractive synthesis in the 21st century. Naturally this is a welcome sea change for us over here at Switched On. 
These recent designs retain the quality of a pure analog signal path but control voltage elements (EG, LFO, Keyboard, Midi to CV) are reaping the modern benefits of advanced micro-controllers and smaller components. One design feature that has been included within almost every synth within this new wave of monosynths is some form of overdrive to give the sound an extra aggressive, growly, shrieking distortion. The Arturia Minibrute has the "Brute Factor", Moog Sub Phatty has the "Multi-Drive", the Novation Bass Station II has onboard filter distortion, and so on. 
Trends in music shape the features of musical electronics and vice versa, but we wanted to highlight a quality of the new Korg MS-20 Mini that was always in the original. The sound of the MS-20 filters being overdriven is legendary and thus many clones in various formats have been spawned. This is especially heard in techno, IDM, dubstep, noise, and experimental music. 
This demo shows off just how the MS-20 mini growls, shrieks, hisses, gets aggressive, and is the real thing. The patch we have setup is audio from the headphone jack being fed back into the signal processer section and the routed to the total control up top. Having the flexibility of a simultaneous resonant high pass and low pass filter allows you to fine tune the grit and sputtering distortion this synth is capable of and always was. These are certainly not the only sounds it can make, but a finer point worth mentioning!



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