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Saw this over on gearslutz – from a thread on 70s studios


In my previous post I posted about Unmann Wittering who also posts on the Found 0bjects blog, the world trade centre for all things Hauntological. There, I stumbled upon the fantastic and vividly-otherworldly-world of John Hinde, who documented the strange planet that the previous generation inhabited

Please allow me to wallow in some Buchla madness, found at various times on matrixsynth. First we have two of the best systems I have ever seen of the 70’s era 200 series [picture 2 is my all time favorite looking synth, and is actually 100 series modules in a 200 case]. These are from Rick’s flickr page, who is in charge of looking after the equipment at the Cantos Foundation in Calgary, lucky chap! He restored these two monsters a while ago. After that is a recent video by Cary Grace, an american musician living in Somerset, although the huge Buchla 200 she is tweaking is in the US. She does a cool radio show which you can listen to here

UPDATE: see the comms

UPDATE2: see the comms again, but here is the actual Cantos Buchla 100 in a 200 case:

OK here is another large system, this time from the background of this picture. I think I am obsessed with Buchlas

Look at these super-cool pictures of studio one at Basing Street, as it was in the mid-70s. This is the studio set up by Chris Blackwell of Island records, and was home to some of the best recordings of the 70s – Led Zep 4 for example. It evolved into Sarm West at some point and 80s music was born. Here we can see the Helios [not neve as I originally thought] wraparound console that epitomized the big huge sound of the seventies, plus it was painted yellow

UPDATE: Using the magic of google image search, I discovered a scan of the original Basing Street studio brochure on this forum here, and now this post is complete

UPDATE TWO: OK so see the comms for something cool…

Do you ever find yourself with a couple of thousand hours of time to kill? You could do a lot worse than head over to the incredible UBUWEB where you will find hour upon hour of art and experimental video, all archived and sorted and ready to amaze

I have only just dipped my toe into the water there, but already discovered fascinating films I have never seen before about some of my heroes; Don Van Vliet [RIP], Marcel Duchamp, Ivor Cutler, Joseph Beuys, theres so much stuff! But I was overjoyed to discover this film lurking in the shadows – a 1973 film from the amazingly-titled National Center for Experiments in Television featuring an analog video synth and a Buchla 200 modular system. You can watch the whole 30 minute film here but here is the introduction:

UPDATE: I found a couple of pictures, below, of Warner Jepson and the ‘Buchla Box’ he used in this performance. They are from here

As promised in this post, I have uploaded another mp3 from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s RECORDED PROGRAMMES PERMANENT LIBRARY. The picture below is of Malcolm clarke and the EMS Synthi 100 around the time of the recording

Somehow this album has managed to pass me by all my life until today. It’s a synthesizer album with sexy moans on top made in 1972. How cool is that!? The cover shows a couple making out on top of a ARP 2500 Modular….

Actually side 2 doesn’t have synths on, it’s just someone moaning with a record of classical music playing in the background. But side one mostly features a really simple synth and is awesome. I’m not sure if the synth is actually a 2500, but it could well be, it’s certainly got a sequencer which in 1972 makes it seem likely

The music is by Fred Miller, but I can’t find out much more than that. I found it here