This promo video surfaced a while back, giving a short glimpse into the life of legendary synth pioneer Don Buchla:
Now that the film is finally in the crowdsourcing phase, I think it’s high time to get the word out.
Don is the inventor of the Buchla Modular Electronic Music System,…
“… cranking up the Buchla electronic music machine until it maneuvers itself into the most incalculable sonic corner, the last turn in the soldered circuit maze, and lets out a pure topologically measured scream. Ultima-time with heavy-duty wiring, the works …The music suddenly submerges the room from a million speakers … … . a soprano tornado of it … all-electric, the Buchla screaming like a logical lunatic… ”
Don (Buchla)was a very special instrument designer and he had a vision that he is still expressing today. His idea was to make electronic instruments that could be used for live performances because they were compact enough for transporting between venues. And he has always designed appropriate interfaces for them. He showed me that the idea of playing a black and white keyboard with one of these instruments was completely ridiculous. It was inappropriate and had nothing to do with the way you would use an electronic instrument. So he made keyboards that are threaded, that have flat plates and the surface of the key can be made to respond to pressure or the amount of it that is covered. There was a new form of communication happening via his electronic instruments. He never used the word synthesizer.