Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Hi Rez Boat

Piano Music Centre

Also Chris invited me out on the friday night which was really nice of him (and his wife Jane). First we had some great hotdogs, then headed over to the amazing brutalist University of California Berkeley Art Museum to see one of my musical heroes Terry Riley playing his piano music. Below are some iphone pics and a very short video clip, but you get the idea. I happened to take this book with me about the San Francisco Tape Music Centre, and it was really cool heading off to see Terry Riley, and Ramon Sender (who Chris pointed out to me), and I'd been round at Don Buchla's house earlier that day too - these are virtually all the people at the centre of the SFTMC story! Damn I love stuff like that


I mentioned that I visited Chris Muir in Alameda to check out the Pendulum / Ratchet module. Well while I was there in his workshop / studio I noticed a huge and wonderful looking modular synth standing in the corner. As it turns out Chris worked on the design and manufacture of the SMS synths back in the day, and this was his personal system. Nowadays it gets a little bit neglected in favour of the Buchla, but it sure looked pretty. SMS's most successful product was the Voice 400, pictured at the bottom. Synth-tastic

Monday, 12 September 2011

Buchla Boats

So here's a first patch on the 200e, and a shot of it in the hotel I was staying at. This is the 4 birth boat that Don lent me

Buchla test1 by zackdagoba

New Video

Look! Jonathan Barnbrook has made an official video for our song Interplay


I just got back from my trip to San Francisco / Oakland / Berkeley where I was on a specifically Buchla mission. I got to meet Don himself at the very leafy HQ. He is a very courteous and quiet man, and I really enjoyed talking to him about some of the minutiae of his current 200e system, and he lent me a boat and power supply so I could do some experiments at my hotel

I also met up with Chris Muir who makes the Eardrill modules at his lovely house in Alameda, near Oakland. We chatted for four hours about synths! It was great! I'll post more about that later, but for now here are some holiday snaps I took