Modular · The Documentary


Extended preview of ‘Modular: The Documentary,’ a new film directed by Robert Fantinatto, original score by Solvent.

This promo features some of the East Coast participants, such as Morton Subotnick, Sean McBride (Martial Cantarel) and Jason Amm (Solvent). The film is still in production with a West Coast shooting block coming up, along with European locations. A must-see film for synthesists.



“A promotional video for a film we’re trying to make about Don Buchla. We’re going to be Kickstarting this film within a month or two. If you’re interested in helping us, please contact us at, follow us on Twitter @ClarityDocs or check back here for details as they arrive!

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Morton Subotnick @ Greenwich House Music School


Morton Subotnick - Silver Apples of the Moon
"Sidewinder", by Morton Subotnick

Morton Subotnick (born April 14, 1933, in Los Angeles, California) is an American composer of electronic music, best known for his Silver Apples of the Moon, the first electronic work commissioned by a record company, Nonesuch. He was one of the founding members of California Institute of the Arts where he taught for many years.

Subotnick has worked extensively with interactive electronics and multi-media, co-founding the San Francisco Tape Music Center with Ramon Sender, and often collaborating with his wife Joan La Barbara. Morton Subotnick is one of the pioneers in the development of electronic music and multi-media performance and an innovator in works involving instruments and other media, including interactive computer music systems. Most of his music calls for a computer part, or live electronic processing; his oeuvre utilizes many of the important technological breakthroughs in the history of the genre.

Bernstein and Copland Discuss American Music

1950 Tanglewood Roundtable with Bernstein, Copland, Fine and Foss | 1997 New Sounds with Morton Subotnick

LISTEN  [01:02:05]

“In this 1950 appearance at Tanglewood, American luminaries Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Irving Fine and Lukas Foss gathered together around a piano and engaged in a freewheeling and multifaceted examination of what gives American music its special identity.” : American Mavericks - A Multi-Dimensional Celebration of America’s Ground-Breaking, Maverick Composers (March 8-30, 2012)


‘a dialog between a pair of gestural ink abstractions” 

 Steven Subotnick