Neon Indian - PAL 198X

Neon Indian will release their sophomore album Era Extraña 9/13 on Static Tongues/Mom + Pop; check out their tracks “Polish Girl” and “Fallout,” as well as their video for “Heart: Decay.” They’re selling a number of different bundles for their album on their website. With the limited-edition Deluxe Package, they’re including the PAL 198X, a custom mini-synth that Neon Indian designed with Bleep Labs. According to the Neon Indian website, the synth “features swappable controls that allow all three of its oscillators to be controlled with the included knobs and light sensors or with all kinds of devices just by screwing them in.”

At Stereogum, we’ve got one of those PAL 198X synths to give away. Below, we’ve got all the details on the giveaway, as well as some examples of what the synth can do. To show off the synth, Neon Indian has made a bugged-out ’80s-style infomercial, which could give you flashbacks to the Dharma Initiative instructional videos on Lost. It also gives you a glimpse of the band’s new lineup, with two brand-new members. Check it out:

And here’s an audio clip of some of the sounds you can make with the PAL 198X:

To enter to with the PAL 198X, all you have to do is (1) be a fan of Stereogum on Facebook and (2) comment by telling us what you’ll do with your PAL 198X. You’ll have to comment via Facebook Connect, not your ‘Gum user account on this post — we’ll have to be able to check if you are a fan of Stereogum on FB when the sweepstakes ends. We’ll pick a winner from the comments posted here, at random. Deadline to enter is 9/13 at 5:30PM EST. Have your comment logged by then, and you’re in.

Comments (220)
  1. I’d make bedroom synth pop like it’s 2009

  2. enslave humanity

  3. Well, I have never had any sort of pal before… so maybe we’ll get pizza or go to the movies or something? Probably check out Spy Kids IV: All the Time in the World in Aromascope ® 4D.

  4. If I has a PAL 198X, I’d do so much stuff with things.

  5. OK, with this in my possession, the cyber-crust band I was planning with a friend of mine would probably be the best thing ever. The sounds of this thing..!

  6. I’d use it to find the frequency that makes me instantly 2000X more attractive to the opposite gender…

  7. pass my electronic music class.

  8. I’d use it to make “The Brown Noise.”

  9. I would use it to make an ambient EP that I will post on Soundcloud for free download.

  10. Become the new Bjork …

  11. i’d use it to make my sound more layered. and get to wonderful projects i might not normally : )

  12. I’d ride some chillwaves and try not to get too “washed out.”

    (Get it???
    All right then…)

  13. I would use it to create a hybrid-clone-extravaganza of Alan Palomo, Ariel Pink, John Maus, Noah Lennox and Kate Bush (just for good measure). Together, this monstrosity will bend space and time and life itself to modulate and synthesise the most terryfing rendition of ‘The Suburbs’ ever performed and witnessed by us common folk.

    The risk in giving me this opportunity will be great, but my dearest Stereogum I assure you it will be worth it.

  14. If I had a PAL 198X, I’d make love to it. Endlessly.

  15. If I had a PAL 198X, I’d probably try to plug a touch screen to control the pitches of the two triangle wave oscillators and a photocell for the LFO.

  16. Make fun sounds

  17. I’d blast this synth all day melting brains and giving out eargasms.

  18. PAL 198X .. hope.

  19. I’ll get real far out man.

  20. It would confuse me; I would eventually break it on accident ; I would not know how to fix it; it would be thrown in the trash.

  21. I would destroy the world with super retro sound. How? I do not know.

  22. If I had a PAL 198X, I’d call him Gerald !

  23. Win the affections hipster girls.

  24. Finally achieve my dream of living in an 8-bit NES game

  25. save the world with super retro synth sound

  26. I would use it to become the greatest Pokemon trainer who ever lived

  27. i would quit my job and use the PAL as a starting point for blasting out some serious gay-wave pop songs. for real though, musical dreams come true !

  28. I would quit my job, drop out of school, and burn down my house…so i can focus on making sound waves to control frogs and help me make A UTOPIA OF MAN AND BEAST! WHERE WE ALL SIT AND LISTEN TO THE PAL AND EAT ONLY WHAT IS TO BE EATEN

  29. Lee Stepien  |   Posted on Aug 30th, 2011 +2

    I’d make it copulate with a theremin and play with the offspring.
    Give them away like a box full of kittens.

  30. I’d take it to class and when a professor asks me a question, just play a bunch of random noises

  31. Well honestly, I was thinking of trying out the harp during my second year in college. But if I got THAT, I would become the Neil Sutton (Human League) I was born to be!

  32. Go on a world wide chill wave tour babies!

  33. There are several planets and alternate dimensions I’ve been meaning to visit, but I’ve just been too busy. So, yeah, that’s what I’ll do with the PAL198X.

    That, or get a job working behind the scenes at Space Mountain. Did you know one guy makes all those sounds?

  34. I will release acid-trip radio waves with my oscillators of destruction.

  35. try not to shock myself!

  36. I’d make killer make out music with it.

  37. I’d have an orgasm on it.

  38. I would put it in my ass, baby

  39. I’d probably put it on my shelf next to my potted plants. That’s it.

  40. I’d drive my dog & wife crazy.

  41. hack the shit out of it

  42. Sidhant Srikumar  |   Posted on Aug 30th, 2011 0

    Pair it with Ableton or Traktor and make some cool loops.

  43. I’d have something cool to make music with.

  44. I plan on giving it a face. And it’ll have a large mouth that I can jump into. And then I’ll make music with its insides.

  45. Build a flirtatious relationship with it, culminating in a night of virtuosic and drunken robotic passion. Of course, after that, things’ll get awkward between us- our friendship diminished to terse hellos in the hallway and late-night inebriated phone calls.

  46. take acid with it

  47. I’d sell it on eBay to some hipster doofus willing to overpay for it.

  48. If I were to enter the world with a PAL 198X, I would simultaneously play all of the retirement homes from the past and future in the outlands of the amplodrome…simultaneously.

  49. I would make beautiful music with a PAL 198X

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