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Voltage Control Lab strives to bring you informative and educational content about modular synths and sound design, but we also want to take the opportunity to introduce you to some amazing artists! One such artist is Ted James Butler, who performed last week at LA’s now famous Modular on the Spot event. Butler is the creator of Norelco Mori, a podcast that features music released only on cassette tape. Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, he now resides in LA where he is an active sound designer and certified Logic trainer.

Ted Butler is also a prolific noise and drone artist (and visual artist, check out some of his cover art!), releasing 5 records this year already under his alias “Head Dress“. The works are dark and heavy, with a grit and distortion that is reminiscent of early electronic mix tapes that have been through the washing machine one too many times. In a very good way, that is… Butler graced us with a drone set from his beautiful Make Noise system. It was a richly dynamic set and you can enjoy it above!

Modular on the Spot has become a monthly staple for modular fans in the Los Angeles area. Started by Eric “Rodent” Cheslak and Bana Haffar, the event began as a relaxed gathering in LA’s Marsh Park along the LA River. In it’s 3rd installment, the event moved down the riverside a few yards to the Spoke Bicycle Cafe, which provided a comfy outdoor setting with great coffee and a relaxed atmosphere. The September edition of Modular on the Spot featured Cyrus Rex, Anthony Baldino, Rodent, myself (Computo) and of course, Ted Butler.

We’ll have more music from this event in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

What other live modular artists would you like to see? Let us know in the comments!

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Ted Butler Live at Modular on the Spot

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