"Vulneraries" - 12-string guitar and modular synth

I’m hearing a lot of woodwinds in the first track somehow. Are there any of those or is it just my brain being “tricked” really well?

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I love the sound and the cause. The transducer feedback has a wonderful woody feel. Fantastic!


The music is gorgeous and hearing the circumstances of its creation is deeply moving.

Sending supportive vibes to you all…

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Thank you all! :sparkles: :leaves:

@Fedor, those are real clarinets – we cheated (I didn’t meant to mislead anyone, but that would be some pretty impressive physical modeling synthesis…) That’s the only track on this volume with other instruments, though. There are a few other moments on the third track, that kept reminding me of reed organs or flutes while I was mixing it, but everything else is guitar- or synth-generated.

@jasonw22, I feel for you and your family. These things happen so quickly and change so much. I run out of words too when I try to talk about it — probably why my words are mostly about the gear & process. I tend to retreat into fantasy technical sound land, something I’m very wary of, and this project is partly an effort to turn that around into something more positive (“useful”?) and relevant.

We haven’t really taken any photos of the setup yet, and the guitar itself doesn’t look like much because the transducers are mounted inside it; it just looks like an acoustic guitar with a pickup and two endpin jacks where there’d normally be one (out from the pickup, and in to the transducers). There’s this video, though:

(I’m the one ruining my back, lol – I’ve worked out a more ergonomic setup for the living room since then…)


Wow. This is some of the most inspiring stuff I’ve seen all year.


I understand the wariness as well as the effort to turn it around. You’re doing it right, I’d say. Living, breathing, and loving. It’s all any of us can do.


I really enjoyed this on first listen! Cheers. I can confirm it works well in cold weather too. :wink:


honestly I feel like this is the level of concept, execution, & originality that so many labels are looking for rn. just saying.

this would be so cool to see live


This is fantastic, inspiring, music.

The background behind this creation is also very moving; my best wishes for you and your family.


Incredible music that inspiring on so many levels. Thank you!

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Beautiful, I’m really enjoying this!

I’ve had similar ideas about using transducers and resonators as a way of combining electronic and acoustic instruments, and as a way of being able to play stringed instruments along with modular - I have a guitarist/fretted instrument background, and while I’m currently exploring modular as my main instrument I eventually want to become more electro-acoustic. Feeling inspired by your album.

This is a very personal album, thank you for sharing these sounds with us.


Here’s a little clip I took while setting up for a new piece over the weekend – you can see the little mini amp I’ve been using as a power amp under the table. Been wondering lately about how one of @pulplogic’s driver tiles would work for this. Is the DRVAC discontinued?

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One of the first records we played for our son born last week! A beautiful piece of work! Thanks for sharing!


Oh wow, this is so good!

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Excellent work! It reminds me of the alternate universe where my feedback sounds good.


I order a CD almost immediately when I first saw this thread and decided not to listen to it until I could on my stereo. Happy I waited. The music is very evocative, especially at higher volume. Thank you and your family for sharing so much.


At the end of last month, my mom’s oncologist told us he was discontinuing treatment; by that point even the trips to the hospital to see her doctors were incredibly difficult for her. We released volume two (now linked in the first post) while were making the switch to home health care and, ultimately, hospice care. Needless to say we weren’t presented with very many opportunities to relax and jam out.

Mom died this past Sunday, at home, in the company of friends, family, and cats. My dad and I recorded this the next day. The title comes from a Thich Nhat Hanh essay that Mom found through a friend of hers a while back. It’s a quote from a leaf:

Please do not say that I am just this form, because this leaf form is only a tiny part of me. I am the whole tree. I know that I am already inside the tree, and when I go back to the soil, I will continue to nourish the tree. That’s why I do not worry. As I leave this branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her, ‘I will see you again very soon.’

The track is available for free, but as always, any/all proceeds go to NNU.


im so sorry for your loss, friend. my mom died from the same kind of cancer almost 5 years ago, and your music articulates so many feelings for me. I really appreciate it, and i hope it brought you some small part of the peace it has brought me. blessings and love <3


This past week we put out a new CD of material we recorded in the days immediately after my mother’s death – including the track I posted here earlier, but also lots of stuff around a single theme & basic patch idea. The main melodic theme grew out of a few chords in an open guitar tuning my dad worked out, which I programmed into Teletype and would step through using Pressure Points more or less as I described in the Sequencer for Subtle Music thread (and other ways too, but when you hear Ondes-y melodies, that’s what’s happening).

Listening back, I’m grateful beyond words that we had this outlet during that time – the many painful memories are mixed with joyful ones since we were able to pour practically all our energy into playing, for a little while. I’m really proud of the variation+cohesion we achieved here, in about a week or less.

Thanks to everyone here for your kind words & ears, and to everyone responsible for these insane glorious instruments.


We’ve got a new one up today – super excited to share these two collaborations with the amazing thereminist Pamelia Stickney. “Waters Fall” began as a group improv in which we all contributed simultaneously to the same feedback path, while Pamelia and I captured and spun back bits of her playing using a DL4 and uBurst/Monsoon, respectively; and on “Winds Rise,” Pamelia added beautiful layers of theremin, playing through the guitar palme diffuseur-style, to a bed of sequences we had recorded earlier.

Thanks as always to everyone who’s supported this project – it means a lot and I hope the recordings bring you some of the solace that working on them has brought me.