seattle, wa

CPUs are maxed at 100%, disk I/O is fully saturated.

netcat is David Balatero (cello/computers), Brandon Lucia (chango/drums/computers), and Andrew Olmstead (synths/computers).

Cycles Per Instruction is now out on cassette tape + digital. Listen and order here!

Read some press about us.


NETCAT(1)                   General Commands Manual                  NETCAT(1)

       netcat - a free improvising computer music band

       netcat - Cycles Per Instruction [April 18th 2014]

As netcat, Brandon Lucia (drums, Chango, computers), David Balatero (cello,
computers), and Andrew Olmstead (synthesizer, computers) explore the
intersection between technology, complexity, and free improvisation.  netcat's
music brings together seasoned performance on conventional instruments --
cello, synthesizers, and drums -- combining it with computer generated sounds
and computer instruments, like the Chango, a novel synthesizer that is played
with light.

The mixture of these ingredients is textural, long-form structured
improvisations.  netcat's music is the kind that calls for laying down on the
floor with expensive headphones on and enjoying the solipsism.  The flow of the
round, sinusoidal bass of the Chango and synthesizer carry the listener on an
electric current, through a confluence of sweeping, dramatic arcs on the
cello and tympanic drumming.  Among it all manifests speaking computers
attempting, with futility, to master spoken langugage and a sonic embodiment of
the flurry of bits and bytes traversing a computer network.

netcat's music is soothing and human, even as it careens through esoteric
electric soundscapes.  As if despite the technology and complexity, netcat's
sound is organic and approachable. It affords structure and cohesion to the
listener, alluding to the profusion of technology and its relationship with
humanity in the world today.

       brandon lucia  - drums, chango, computers
       david balatero - cello, computers
       andrew olmstead - synthesizer, computers

       tangerine dream
       paul lansky