SHOW ALERT – Knytes to perform in NYC at Cakeshop on Sunday October 27th

The Mikroknytes will be surfacing for a show in NYC at the Cakeshop. The performance will consist of dueling modular synths and of course violin and other visual trickery. LUTKIE, drone sensation GRASSHOPPER DRUM & BUGLE CORPSE DRUM MAJOR MATTHEWS, and a serious G-!ROCK! band from Portland called THE BUGS will share the stage. See below for the set times.

CAKESHOP on Sunday Oct. 27, 2013:
4th: (11pm) GRASSHOPPER DRUM & BUGLE CORPSE DRUM MAJOR MATTHEWS – (members from Hex Breaker Quarter and Grasshopper)
2nd: THE BUGS [pdx]
$7, 21+, 8pm doors
21+, please bring your ID

VIDEO: Knytes begin a “war of synths”

After years of holding out, the mikroknytes have finally succumb to peer pressure by acquiring analog modular synthesizers. John was the first to bite, he picked up a custom built modular Norwegian synth guru Rob Hordijk. Severe Synth envy followed, which resulted in Derek filling up 2 shelves worth of Eurorack modules in a “trendy” Monorocket Skiff. Both have started recording and here is a little taste of mikroknytes to come!

Watch John’s epic drone in Hordijk Modular in Space

Derek rocks a 4MS PEG in Heart Ping

VIDEO: Black Cat Backstage (1999) – Mikroknytes, Trance and the Arcade, and Chris Coady

Thanks to Marc Masters we have documentation of an early mikroknytes collaboration with Trance and the Arcade (Chuck Bettis) and Lostless at Black Cat’s Backstage on December 6, 1999. This was most likely the first time Chuck and I performed together before our duo collaborations which eventually lead to Brown Wing Overdrive 6 years later. The visuals were provided by Marc Masters, Gus Kyriacou, and Allan Callandar. My introduction in the video explains the concept for the evening.


At times… e-bowy banjo feedback – beatboxed to teethy violin squeak bites into leftover chicken scrap however mostly a pleasant mellow drone meditation consistently of gentle violin loops and filtered sounds.

This was originally released at the Sonic Circuits Festival, Washington DC, in 2006 as a limited edition CDR run, about 10 made it into peoples hands. The recording was made in the studio while the Knytes were preparing for their upcoming show with Phill Niblock.


Yes, its a very weirdly named record. In 2005, we were beginning our transition from a band very influenced by the studio to a band that allowed our noise improvisations and various chaotic synth patches to take charge. This is not to say they we avoided slicing and dicing in the studio, however our focus was to allow more of the live set to enter the realm of our recordings. This record also marks the first time that I began employing my Ciat-Lonbarde Fourses into ‘Knytes material. ┬áTake a listen here: