Wednesday, June 5, 2019


Jesper Pedersen is a composer, performer and educator based in Reykjavík, Iceland. He makes electronic music and sound art as well as music for acoustic instruments using experimental animated graphic notation. In recent years he has been focusing on developing a performance practice on modular synthesizers and improvises both solo and in various collaborative settings. His music has been described as: “beautiful, subtle“ and “highly ambient”.


He can be seen performing his unique brand of music in various galleries and venues in the tri-state area. Keep an eye on his Instagram for dates.

Chaka plays Ambient livesets on radio programs and webcasts such as WPRB - Music With Space, WXPN - Star's End, WDIY - Galactic Travels™ and Data Cult Audio.

Here are links to some of his work...

Chaka Benson - Live at Star's End
(This liveset is available as an eco-friendly packaged CD or all major streaming services. See the links below)

Spotify and streaming links

Monday, May 27, 2019


Jerry is a leader and pioneer in the Philly electronic music scene.  He was instrumental in bringing the "Modular on the Spot" concerts to Philadelphia.  An artist and educator, he is involved with many projects... check out for more info!


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Sandra James teaches music technology and is in charge of labs, smart classrooms and computers at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. Before Temple, she worked in the commercial software industry as a developer and analyst. Sandra has a Masters in Sonic Arts from University of Rome, Tor Vergata, a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Temple University, and a Certificate in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She studied Latin Percussion at Philadelphia’s Latin American Music Association (AMLA), and has studied privately in Cuba and Panamá. Sandra uses a combination of analog sound synthesis and computer AV synthesis for her installations, fixed media pieces and performances. She enjoys building  analog synthesizers and modules, and performs locally at Modular On The Spot (MOTS) concerts. Sandra has presented pieces created in Csound, Flash, pd, POVRay, Blender and Max / MSP. She co-authored and presented a paper on custom MIDI and OSC control at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and the joint College Music Society/ATMI annual meeting in Minnesota entitled “Digitizing Panamanian Mejorana Music: New Instruments for Composers".


Snoozer creates modular ambience influenced by the woods and gravestones that inhabit the Cobb's Creek neighborhood of West Philadelphia. FKA MISSINGNO.

Alesi & Sieber

The duo of Joe Alesi & Greg Sieber uses modular synthesizer systems as a means to explore sound and create music. Their work is improvisational, leaving the direction of each one of their unique live realizations to be determined in the concert space within which it is being performed. While deeply sculpting the electronic timbre their instruments are capable of, Alesi & Sieber move forward through space with long lines of synthesized tones, and syncopated, melodic sequencer patterns which run steadily beneath echoing modulations - all in service to their audience of intrepid Electronic Music aficionados. Following their own creative north star, they are taking part in a decades long musical experiment, and the sustaining joy of making sounds.


Ritchie DeCarlo has been a well-known drummer in the Philadelphia area for decades.  In 2009 the modular synthesizer appeared in his studio & this changed his direction immediately.  Today Ritchie is incorporating all of his 40 years of experience into his solo live performances.  Electronic percussion, loops & all types of synthesizers come together in his excursions for your ears.


Christopher Sean Powell (aka Pow Pow, aka Pay Pow, aka Powserati) is a self-taught rhythm scholar, producer, and electronic music-maker living in Philadelphia, PA.  As a main contributor in the Philadelphia art and sound collective Need New Body, which fused improvisation with popular song structures, Powell began a career of international recording and performance, creating music at the nexus of art and entertainment. Since 1999, he has collaborated, recorded, and toured worldwide with a diverse spectrum of artists and musicians, including the Sun Ra Arkestra, Yoko Ono, and the Boredoms.  Powell’s work in the eclectic and high energy Philadelphia band Man Man has helped focus his talent as a leader in the live performance context.  Together with Griffin Rodriguez, Powell explores popular music based on jazz and non-Western rhythms as the Los Angeles production duo Icy Demons.  His latest music projects include Adventuredrum, a conceptually-based performance Powell composes for an ensemble of drummers, GRANT$, a hip hop duo with artist Tim Fite, and Modular On The Spot, a worldwide synth collective which performs improvised musical sets on modular synthesizers in various outdoor locations. Powell’s body of work has most recently expanded to creating instruments for NYC/Philly based synthesizer company Critter & Guitari’s Organelle keyboard. 


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Gralin Hughes, Jr. (aka television sky) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia, working at the intersection of sound & visual. He merges visual art, and sound design through projection mapping, audio/visual live performances and installation art. His body of work explores the manipulation of fragmented textures through the use of modular synthesis, field recordings and software. His artistic practice focuses on collaborating with visual artists, musicians, galleries and museums on how to activate their performances and spaces in ways that engage audiences more actively. His recent work includes collaborations with muralist Michelle Angela Ortiz, The Philadelphia Jazz Project, and Alex Shaw/The Mandinga Experiment. Gralin holds an MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design from the University of the Arts. When not experimenting in his art studio he teaches creative technology & new media courses.