Electronic musicians – controllerists, if you will – may choose to augment themselves with machines. They may build elaborate custom electronics so they can express themselves live more than the default music technology would otherwise allow – acoustic, amplified, or digital.

But there has to be a human there first.

In a documentary film from November, Moldover talks about what drives him to make music. It’s that emotional place that motivates both his technological expression and songwriting, and that’s something I imagine will be poignant whatever genre you choose as your own.


“Four Track,” for its part, was fully crowd-funded (and then some), and will ship in the spring. A collaboration with electronics wizard Mitch Altman, it massively expands what an album is. Fit into a compact audio cassette case, it incorporates both the album and a custom all-in-one voice crusher.

Alfred Ladylike, aka Voice Crusher beta-tester Lesley Dean, shows what’s possible with the result:

But now, with Moldover moving into the final hours of his newest invention, Guitar Wing, it’s a perfect time to revisit the reason he works on this stuff. And there, sir, in the way you feel and that music heals, I am certain you’re anything but alone.