In this first teaser for Liquid Sky’s instrument label, the makers promises gear that raises some great questions. Like, what if a connected Eurorack module actually had enough room for your fingers? And what if your instrument makers used proceeds to reforest southern Portugal?

As the Liquid Sky d-vices folks are moving forward on their gear series, they are backpedaling on the “never doing Eurorack” mission from a few years ago. Or kicking their motorbike into reverse – there’s something about Harley Davidson. (And pitbulls!)

Scroll, scroll, scroll – wait, here’s what this is about. Think experimental sound devices from the folks who helped birth the Ninja Tune x Erica Synths Zen Delay, and with control layouts you might actually enjoy using.

It’s playable weirdness.

That’s been the elephant in the room with a lot of modular – once you patch up the thing, it’s often impossible to tweak anything comfortably. Not so, here: big people with big pit bull pets have created an ergonomic design for the rest of us — one that won’t bite.

Here’s a look at an early module prototype – check out the dual wavetables, big sliders, sub oscillator, and tons of FM plus… whatever “wild mode” is.

They’re serious about the tree planting endeavors, too. As Europe faces the potential of devastating deforestation and desertification, they’re actively reforesting the area of southern Portugal where Liquid Sky Artistcollective now make their homes. I believe that, partly because Liquid Sky founder Ingmar Koch has been emailing me near-weekly pics and updates for the last years.

“The liquid sky reforestation project is not a greenwashing or alibi story but is seen and treated by our team as an absolutely elementary part of all our artistic and business actions,” they say in a statement. That’s some 20,000 trees in the region for this year alone.

With each new module and each new instrument you buy, they’ll purchase 5 square meters of land for their noncommercial reforestation project and plant “at least one oak tree at least five years old, and maintain it for the next five years until it can survive on its own.”

Maybe your rack is awaiting modules – but this land is even more urgently awaiting trees.

We’ll be watching this one.

And honestly, modules aside, hope to help them out with the trees.