Fartbarf began in the year 2008 with Josh, Dan and Brian, three unassuming, well mannered and fun-loving Neanderthals from a cave near the sea. Regressed, mutated and collectively known as Fartbarf, they somehow bring us all into the future, captivating audiences with relentless melodies, robotically tight rhythms, and danceable beats by use of a strict limitation of tools at hand; vintage analog synthesizers, vocoders, drum machines, analog modular systems, and live drums.
Genres: Live Electronic Dance Music
Lisa Bella Donna
Lisa Bella Donna is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, modular synthesist, and clinician. Lisa performs as a session musician and is skilled with; musique concreté, modular synthesis, analog & digital recording techniques, drumming & percussion, micro-tonal music, orchestration & film composition. Lisa has toured throughout the USA, Japan & Europe as a clinician, drummer and keyboardist and has been commissioned for audio art installations in both USA & Europe.
Lisa plays keys & guitars for vintage rock band EYE, who are soon releasing their 5th album. Lisa is also an official demonstrator for Earthquaker Devices and she works as a post-production engineer. Lisa has also worked with; Moog Music, Mellotron, Yamaha Japan, Novation, Arlo Modular, Moogfest, Superbooth, Luke Jones & Custom keyboards and many others in the guitar realm.
Bella Donna has worked with a myriad of artists including: Anne Sulikowski, Mark Mothersbaugh, Pamelia Stickney, Money Mark, David Ornette Cherry, Reeves Gabrels, Chris Koltay, Simone Weissenfels, RJD2, Obnox and so many others. Bella Donna has also worked with notable engineers & producers: Sylvia Massy, Vance Powell, Ross Robinson, Joe Baressi, Rob Schnapf, Mario Caldato and Larry Crane (Tape Op).
Genres: Classic Electronic, Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Experimental
Sarah Belle Reid
Sarah Belle Reid is a Canadian performer-composer, specializing in trumpet and electronics, modular synthesis, and alternate forms of graphical notation for composition and improvisation.
She is a co-developer of the Minimally Invasive Gesture Sensing Interface (MIGSI) for trumpet: an open-source, wireless interface that captures performance data and provides real-time extended sonic and visual control for improvisation. Reid has presented and performed with MIGSI at institutions and festivals around the world including Moogfest, Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), the International Conference of New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2015: Brisbane, Australia), New Media Art & Sound Summit (NMASS 2017: Austin, TX), University of Oregon, UT Austin, and UC Irvine's Women in Music Technology Symposium (2016), among others.
Reid is a founding member of the trumpet/modular synthesizer duo Burnt Dot, dedicated to exploring open forms of spontaneous creation and electroacoustic collaboration. Additionally, Reid has worked with a wide range of musicians and ensembles in a broad range of musical genres and settings, including Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, David Rosenboom, Todd Barton, Liberation Music Orchestra, Julia Holter, Adele, Avey Tare (Animal Collective), and Estrella TV.
Genres: Experimental, Noise, Improvisation
Kitty Spit is a well-known live performer in the underground modular synthesizer scene here in LA. Kitty Spit aka Skyler King is a life-long multi-instrumentalist (guitar, drums, bass & keyboards), who fell in love with modular synthesizers about 6 years ago and has immersed himself deeply into the synthesis ooze, and has emerged as a synthesizing ninja.
Skyler is so deep into the modular synth world, that by day he is the resident technical expert at Analogue Haven and by night he is designing Euro rack modules for his cottage company Buck Modular, or is performing with his modular gear, or chilling out at home being a great husband & father to his sweet baby daughter Layla. Kitty Spit is an Instagram sensation and he has over 5,000+ followers. On Instagram, he puts on impromptu live modular performances that are mind blowing and beautiful pieces that continually evolve and ebb & flow onward.
Genres: Electro-ambient, Ethereal Soundscapes, down-tempo chill vibe
Roel Reine is a multi-talented and multi-dimensional artist, as he is both a Hollywood motion picture director and a talented electronic music composer, who favors the use of synthesizers in his works. Roel’s biggest musical passion is playing live with his (growing) Eurorack modular system. In 2016 Roel released his first electronic music album titled Monotonic Diversity, which is excellent and worth checking out. Roel says, "Performing live with a Eurorack system is nerve racking and therefor a blast to do." Roel’s full time job as film director has yielded many fine works such as; ADMIRAL & Redbad and other spectacular action movies like, the Death Race prequels and directing the American based television series Black Sails.
Genres: Cinematic Soundscapes Eurorack Synthesizer, Analog synths
Inspired by the mysteries of life, Jack Hertz manipulates sound to create organic-techno impressions, that fall somewhere between music and artful noise. Jack has been composing & recording music for 30+ years and he finds a sonic middle ground between the real & the artificial. Jack utilizes machines, instruments, found objects, field recordings, and effects processing to designs sounds, spaces, and atmospheres for deep listening.
Jack is a unwavering improviser who finds sound design utterly fascinating, from early percussion instruments to present day hardware and software innovations. By trade, Jack is professional software architect, developer, expert electronic music synthesist (digital and analog), visual artist, and composer having published more than 120 full-length albums of his own work. More on his music is available at JackHertz.com
Jack has a degree in Computer Science and he is founder of the thematic music label Aural Films. He is also the Founder of Sound For Good Records, that uses the power of sound for good causes, and they have planted over 10,000 trees to date. Furthermore, Jack is working hard to archive all things Electronic Music on the Encyclotronic.com project.
Genres: Ambient, Avant Garde, Jazz, Rock, Noise, Progressive, Tribal
Kurt Kurasaki is an electronic music composer based in Northern California who is known as PEFF in his on-line persona. Kurt much prefers performing with his vintage Buchla Music Easel and his beautiful Buchla 200/200e system, yet Kurt is also well versed in wide array of synthesizers and electronic composition techniques and he loves to experiment and has very creative ideas that you will find displayed on-line in his various links below. Kurt’s professional associations include working with notable music companies such as Dave Smith Instruments, Rossum Electro-Music, and Propellerhead Software. Recently Kurt has focused his efforts into producing and recording experimental works that incorporate modular synthesizers and prepared tape materials.
Patrick O'Brien aka POB is a modular synthesizer performer based in Los Angeles. Patrick grew up outside of St. Louis, classically trained on both piano and trumpet. With a degree in audio production, Patrick spent time as a chief audio engineer producing projects for clients doing everything from local commercials to stadium jumbotrons, eventually moving into morning radio and television. He also DJed at night clubs and found a love for playing in front of crowds.
After many years in the corporate world, his passion for modular unfolded in the summer of 2014 after his wife took a job on the east coast and he wanted to do something musical to occupy his time. Around that same time, Patrick also found his biological family -- and realizing his music roots go deep, the modular synth seemed to be the perfect instrument that marries all his background, experiences, and creative interests.
Through social media, he's connected with the community and performs all over SoCal/West Coast. You can catch his live performances on YouTube and Instagram. Patrick also produces modular demos for manufacturers and is part of the Modular on the Spot organizational team that sets up outdoor public performances each month in LA.
Genres: Dance, Ambient, Industrial, Experimental
Collin Russell creates sonic gestures using recorded and synthesized audio to create an ambiance that transforms the listener's perspective on what sound should be, and more importantly, what sound could be.
Collin is an Electronic Production and Design graduate from Berklee College of Music with an emphasis on vocal performance and electronic composition and is the Director of Technical Support at Qu-Bit, a Southern California based modular synthesizer manufacturer.