The Potts Report: August 2014

soundShoppe, August 10, 2014 (photo by Cindy Bernard)

There were a few new faces at the August 10th soundShoppe.

Christopher Echols (The Mercury Seven) showed up for his first, with a shoebox. Inside was one of his birthday presents, a Korg “Little Bits” modular synthesizer. It was amazing. It is a bunch of plastic parts that look like Lego pieces with knobs on them. You stick the individual blocks together to make the patches (they have magnetic sides.) The result is a vintage…

The Potts Report: July 2014

The July soundShoppe was made memorable by a guest appearance by the “why aren’t they famous” Howard Amb (James Hamblin and Stefan Scott Nelson.) They accompanied Sandy Yang (Red Krayola, Lady Noise) and together created a sort of reduced volume power trio. Sandy was experimenting with a mini “popcorn” snare that she hadn’t used before. Stefan coaxed ethereal and demonic sounds from a new Electro Harmonix V256 Vocoder

The Potts Report: June 2014

Joe Potts

Occasionally I am approached by someone who is interested in attending soundShoppe but is worried because they don’t have much experience playing experimental music with others. My answer is always, “that’s what soundShoppe is for!”

I like to try to bring equipment that I am not familiar with so that I can figure out how to integrate it into sound performances. In the past at soundShoppe musicians have played an incredible array of instruments including shooting…