Borghi | Teager Fall 2014 Tour

We’re bringing the soundscapes back eastward this October! Come check us out if we’re in your area. Info and links below:

10.08.14 – Baltimore, MD – The Windup Space w. Jason Sloan, 9:00 PM

10.09.14 – Manhattan (Greenwich Village), NY – Cafe Nadery – Manhattan, 9:00 PM 

10.10.14 – Pre-Recorded Show for Live Constructions on WKCR, Columbia University Radio

10.10.14 – Brooklyn, NY – Goodbye Blue Monday, Time: TBA

10.11.14 – Princeton, NJ – Live performance on Music With Space on WPRB 103.3 FM, 12:00 AM (midnight) 

10.11.14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Gatherings Concert Series w. Jeff Pearce, 8:00 PM (info:

10.12.14 – Philadelphia, PA – Live performance on Star’s End Radio on WXPN, 2:00 AM

Alesis Nanoverb 2 Review

alesis_nanoverb2 Alright, so, first things first. I’m putting this up here for anybody who may be thinking about buying the Alesis Nanoverb 2, specifically, those folks who’ve used the original, and somewhat harder to get, original Nanoverb and think that the 2, at least, must be as good! Let’s stop right there.



This isn’t a true review in any real sense of the word, but having a website with pretty good search ranking I decided that I had to share my experience. I’ve used the original Nanoverb, the same unit that I bought in 1997, consistently for the last 17 years (read my lovefest post about my Alesis Nanoverb here). I’ve used at every show I’ve played since then, hundreds of shows. I still use it, but the power supply is a little shorted so I just use it in the studio now. I bought the Nanoverb 2 with the hope that it would be, at least, as good as the original Nanoverb. Oh, it is not…  I tried to find gear reviews and YouTube tutorials, but couldn’t find anything, so here goes that didn’t just quote product specs… If you think that Nanoverb 2 is worth taking a chance on, DO NOT DO THIS. It is not even an allusion to the original Nanoverb. It’s cheaper than the Nanoverb was nearly 20 years ago, that should probably say something right there, but alas, I took the chance. nanoaa First off, the unit is twice the width of the original nanoverb and twice the height… Not so freakin’ “nano” anymore… The knobs are smaller and one of the things that I loved about the Original Nanoverb is that it had true pots, but the Nanoverb 2 has some weird crappy digital selector that interrupts/pauses the sound between each selection. Majorly sucky in that regard. Gone are the days of live sound tweaking with the Adjust and Mix knobs… And, oh yeah, they got rid of the Mix knob with the Nanoverb 2 and replaced them with a bunch uber shitty presets that you can’t alter and have very little variation, thus making them worthless. Fortunately, I’ve returned this piece of junk, which says a lot, as I’m certainly prone to “eating” crummy gear because I experiment with so much. Do not experiment with this unless you’re looking for something to practice your shotputting skills with, which actually, with it’s increased weight and footprint, might be the one thing that the Nanoverb 2 is actually good for.

On the other hand, and this would be the microreview for the person who has never used the original Alesis Nanoverb, the Alesis Nanoverb 2 is a functional reverb unit for vocals, acoustic guitars, studio work and the like. It’s not great, but for under 100 bones, it’ll do just fine. Especially, if you find a single setting you like and stick with that. Otherwise, don’t waste your time. And for Alesis, whose products, I still use a lot… For shame… You created fantastic products pre-2000, which reminds me that all of my Alesis gear that’s good is from the 1990s… what happened? Are you trying to appeal to some low cost segment who prefer price over quality? If that’s true, who wouldn’t pay an extra 15 bucks for the Original Nanoverb and all that it offers rather than buying the crummy 2…

Truly, what happened. Alesis, as your name, used to mean something. Honestly, that’s probably why I took a chance on this Nanoverb 2… that’s a mistake I won’t make again and I had to post this so others were aware. Except where noted, I can’t recommend buying the Alesis Nanoverb 2… Go and buy the Original Nanoverb off eBay, you’ll be much happier… that’s my next step. In hindsight, I should have bought about four of these bad boys and stuck in my closet for a rainy day…

Matt Borghi & Michael Teager‘s new live album Awaken the Electric Air: Live from Star’s End, October 20, 2013 is now available


Matt Borghi & Michael Teager‘s new live album Awaken the Electric Air: Live from Star’s End, October 20, 2013 is now available.

The music on this CD comprises live renditions of several selections from Convocation, as well as new compositions that include fresh performances by Teager on flute. Recoreded live at Philadelphia’s WXPN in the World Café Live studio and housed in packaging that’s comprised of original photography by Star’s End host and veteran electronic musician Chuck van Zyl. Our brief time in Philly was magical and welcoming; it’s satisfying that we were able to truly represent these special moments musically, and with the help of Echoes producer Jeff Towne the recordings are superb.

We’re proud of this performance and happy to make this available to the public. The album is available for purchase digitally via iTunesAmazon, and eMusic, or physically via Kunaki or at live performances. You can hear an excerpt of the recording below.

Matt Borghi – After Otherwise Out Now on Sweden’s Mareld Label


With everything that’s been going on with the musical endeavors of Michael Teager and myself I haven’t focused much on my solo work, but back in August I signed a deal with the Swedish label Sub.Stream and their subsidiary Mareld to release a new solo recording called After Otherwise.

After Otherwise is a very personal musical journey. It’s not the ambient music you might be used to from me, but rather it’s a downtempo release with songs, spoken poetry, vocals, something I haven’t done since Olagra, but more than it being a musical journey, it was a personal journey for me. This recording represents that the absolute pinnacle of my production and musical abilities. There are parts that are reminiscent of Pat Metheny’s Are You Going With Me, my delta blues influences crept in as I approached Own Way, and there’s also just a lot of straight-up funk that has a sort of Fila Brazillia vibe.

With all of the ambient-centric work that I’ve been doing with Teager and the prepping of the Star’s End release it was easy to loose track of the 4+ years I put into After Otherwise. I started and stopped After Otherwise at least a dozen times. Sometimes, I would just get to frustrating creative impasse and felt, because this work was so different than all of my other work, it was a waste of time. As an artist, constantly pushing the creative envelope and creative growth, it can be challenging. It can be doubly challenging when you feel like you need to pursue something, but there’s no precedent for the work that you’re trying to pursue. As Joseph Campbell says, “We create our precedents for our lives…” and in so doing, sometimes, you have to just jump in and keep at it.

With all of that said, I can say that when working on the recording, I was never anything totally inspired, as it was a project that refused to die. I kept getting sucked in and immersed in the project. I think that I probably recorded several dozen tracks, finally distilling it down to thirteen. This was also a great chance to record Michael Teager playing sax on a variety of tunes in less of ambient context, some of which you can hear in The Raven below.

I created all of the videos below to highlight the music, but also because I like editing video and putting it to music. Enjoy.