Saturday, 15 June 2013

Benge Chimeror

I've just put a new mini-album up on my bandcamp page. Its called Chimeror and it is an explorative collaboration with the Buchla 700 synthesiser. A huge "Thank-You!" to Rick Smith for letting me loose on his Buchla 700 WHICH IS THE ONLY WORKING EXAMPLE LEFT IN THE WORLD BECAUSE DON ONLY MADE 6 OF THESE THINGS AND THEY WERE REALLY INSANE. This is what the Buchla 700 looks like:

Here are the album notes:

In December 2012 I was visiting a friend in Vancouver, BC and he showed me his working example of the legendary Buchla 700 analog / digital hybrid synthesiser. This highly advanced synthesiser was developed and produced in the mid 1980s by Californian electronic instrument pioneer Don Buchla, using proprietory hardware and software components. Only six of these machines were ever produced, and this is possibly the only working example left in existance. My friend showed me some of its sound producing capabilities and then left me to explore for myself. Presented here are the results of the hour or so that I had alone with this machine

Donald Buchla began makng electronic musical instruments in 1964 with his 100 series modules, which introduced the concept of analog voltage control to musical instruments. He then produced the 200 series modules in the early 1970s and continued developing systems and modules of greater complexity utilising digital control and eventually microprocessor control, culminating in the 700 system in the mid 1980s. More recently Buchla introduced the 200e modules which he continues to develop

The five compositions were recorded directly to computer using overdubbing in places. No additional processing was applied

There is a PDF included with the release that includes full information on this amazing synthesiser if you go to the band camp page and download the album

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