David Balatero

cello / bass / piano / synths / code / brooklyn, ny

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Natural Motion

This is my latest electronic solo project, mostly written/recorded/produced by me.


This is my electronic pop project with best friends Rob Hanlon and Ryan Batie. It's really fun. I play keyboards + electric bass and co-write/co-produce the songs.

In 2016 we're releasing a new single every 3 weeks. Check out our Bandcamp page to see what we've done so far!


This band is a great intersection of computers and music for me. We try create sound not only with real instruments, but computer programs that we write. In addition to one of our main instruments being a custom, light-based video synthesizer, we also create sound by decoding network packets into sound and teaching computers to mumble and speak lyrics via machine learning.

We were recently written up on Hacker News, Reddit, Slashdot, Boing Boing, and countless independent publications for releasing our album Cycles Per Instruction as a Linux kernel module.

Song Sparrow Research

I've been playing with Song Sparrow Research for a while now and we've put out a few albums since. I play cello, electric bass, and a bit of in-studio keyboards. We just released a new record in July 2015 titled Sympathetic Buzz

Operation ID

A wild and crazy bionic synth free-jazz band, which is sadly not active anymore. Probably one of the most fun projects I've ever been in. I play electric bass.

One of the craziest (and the last) Op ID shows that I played (ended with Jared getting stitches at the hospital):

Other recordings

I played cello on Neil Welch's Sleeper album:

I played some electric bass on The Lorens' track "Into Your Mind"

I recorded cello on iji's Whatever Will Happen record, out on Team Love:

I recorded cello on ings' lovely Afterthought EP:


I occasionally record short improvisations on cello. Here's one I did at a swamp near Fall City:

Here's one I did at Racer Sessions:

Sometimes I work on classical music. Here's a video of me playing the Crumb Sonata, Mvt 3:

Aaron Otheim and I sometimes perform as a cello/synthesizer duo. Here's a video of us performing some outer space soundtrack-y music, with a video synth light show by Nick Bartoletti.

Source code for this site is at http://github.com/dbalatero/davidbalatero.com