Source Of Uncertainty: A Buchla Podcast 4U
Episode 13: Morton Subotnick

Episode 13: Morton Subotnick

June 24, 2020

In this very special 1 year anniversary episode of Source Of Uncertainty we talk to the legendary Morton Subotnick!!!! Before we talk with Mort, we explore 2 delay modules within the Buchla ecosystem, the 277r Signal Delay Unit, and the new 1979 DSD.

Show notes:

Hello: 0:00
Kyle’s Signal Delay Unit Model 277r Demo: 17:30
Robert’s 1979 DSD Demo: 47:20
Interview with Morton Subotnick: 1:13:00
Goodbye: 2:20:30

For more information about Morton Subotnick, visit his website at http://www.mortonsubotnick.com/

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Artist Spotlight: Tyresta - “Facing Ourselves”

Artist Spotlight: Tyresta - “Facing Ourselves”

June 10, 2020
Tyresta is the experimental music project of social worker and musician Nick Turner.  Nick is based in Chicago, Illinois and makes music utilizing various instruments including Buchla Music Easel, eurorack modular, mellotron, and guitar.  He also helps behind the scenes with the ambient, drone, and experimental music labels Past Inside the Present and sub-label Fallen Moon Recordings.   
 
You can find his music on Bandcamp or through your streaming service of choice.  
 
Piece description: 
 
I wrote and recorded "Facing Ourselves" during the Coronavirus shelter-in-place order in April 2020.  Outside of my life in music, I am a mental health therapist so I have directly witnessed what happens when people (myself included) are forced to give up certain routines and distractions and face themselves.  The four parts of "Facing Ourselves" sort of represent the various emotional states that both I and the people I work with have gone through since the Coronavirus outbreak.  Though at times uneasy and tense, there have been moments of deep love and connection, which has been interesting to witness and experience.  
 
Like many people, when working with the Easel, I can get lost in shaping sounds for hours on end.  With each of these pieces, I was working with both the Easel and various effects  (Strymon Timeline, Strymon BigSky, and Valhalla reverb) in order to land on sounds that adequately represented the emotions/feelings I wanted to evoke in the listener.  Effects, both in and outside of the box, help inform my approach to sound design and also assist in determining the direction I go in with certain patches on the Easel (timbres, waveshapes, tempo, envelope shapes, etc.).  
 
Mastered by Nathan Moody at Obsidian Sound.
Episode 12: Barry Schrader

Episode 12: Barry Schrader

May 27, 2020

In this episode of Source Of Uncertainty we explore the idea of a “Base Patch” and share our findings. We then get to chat with composer Barry Schrader about teaching at CalArts, composing music for a sci-fi cult classic, and dig into how he made the seminal Buchla album “Lost Atlantis.” 

Show notes:

Hello: 0:00

Kyle’s Base Patch: 13:10

Robert’s Base Patch: 41:20

Interview with Barry Schrader: 1:09:30

Goodbye: 2:48:30

For more information about Barry Schrader, visit his website at https://barryschrader.com/, and find his music at https://barryschrader.bandcamp.com/

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*Music provided by Barry Schrader

Artist Spotlight: Günther Steudel

Artist Spotlight: Günther Steudel

May 13, 2020

Welcome to the first Artist Spotlight episode of Source Of Uncertainty! 

Today we feature music from Günther Steudel. Günther was the inspiration to start this series when he reached out to us with some music that he had recorded in the 1980's with his Buchla 300 series! We felt very lucky to hear these recordings from Günther, and now we're very excited to share them with you.

Below are some accompaniments for each of the three tracks written by Günther.

Enjoy!

Automation

Computers, whether a hulking mainframe, or a small tablet, can create feelings of ambivalence. These
machines are fast, beautiful, and even sexy when operations run smoothly. But there can be moments
when activity goes astray, becomes discordant, producing unreliable results, or even disasters. At other
times they stop altogether without explanation. The fog of uncertainty can last a long time before a
resolution is found and normal, delightful operations return.

Circus

Standing at the top of a hill, looking over a field of wild grass and wild flowers, seeing a hilly valley
below. It is hot! The air is blue with humidity and filled with the sound of countless insects in the field.
Overhead fly barn swallows, with their v-shaped wings. They swoop over the field in pursuit of a meal.
Their flying skills are incredible! The sights, the sounds, the smells, all weave together into a carnival; a
circus.

Poseidon’s Glove

The ocean, calm, deep, dark, mysterious. One can hear the occasional whale travel by. There is a sense
of enormous power that is contained. And suddenly that power bursts forth! Rolling and heaving waves
travel into the distance, only to crash against a rock face and explode into a unique and momentary
shape. One such shape looks like an open hand, reaching out of the ocean. Poseidon is present!

Episode 11: Steve Horelick

Episode 11: Steve Horelick

April 29, 2020

In this episode of Source Of Uncertainty we chat with Steve Horelick aka Steve H about his lengthy history with using Buchla Instruments, his world of Logic, and creating one of the greatest ear-worms of the 80’s. 

Show notes:

Hello: 0:00
Interview with Steve Horelick: 26:10
200e Skylab Performance: 1:11:07
Music Easel performance: 1:56:17
Goodbye: 1:59:45

For more information about Steve Horelick you can visit: https://stevehmusic.com/ 

For Steve’s new Oceana EP and the improvised music on today’s show you can visit his bandcamp page: https://stevehmusic.bandcamp.com/

You can also find a bunch of great performances on Steve’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNY4ppW6ZFTPWD25ViD8XJA

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Episode 10.5: EMS & Jon Nensen, The Human Comparator

Episode 10.5: EMS & Jon Nensen, The Human Comparator

April 8, 2020

In part 2 of episode 10, Kyle takes us through the rest of his trip to EMS. He then talks to Jon Nensen aka The Human Comparator who is behind the TTSH Arp 2600 clone, 73-75 Serge panels, Buchla USA 100 Series reissues, and some upcoming Buchla ecosystem modules of his own design. It was a great chat!

Show notes:

Hello: 0:00

EMS Day 4: 11:30

EMS Day 5 & 6: 23:15

EMS Day 7: 35:35

Jon Nensen Interview: 56:00

Goodbye: 2:16:00

For more information about Jon's projects, visit: http://www.thehumancomparator.net/

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Episode 10: EMS & Daniel Araya

Episode 10: EMS & Daniel Araya

March 25, 2020

In this episode of Source Of Uncertainty Kyle takes us on his journey to play on the iconic vintage 200 system at EMS in Stockholm. He also sits down to talk with the head studio tech Daniel Araya about the system and his own pocket sized feedback generator the Piezothing. Part 2 coming in 2 weeks!

Show notes:

Hello: 0:00

EMS Day 1: 18:53

EMS Day 2: 32:00

EMS Day 3: 44:33

Daniel Araya Interview: 58:25

Goodbye: 1:18:45

For more information about Daniel’s Piezothing, visit: https://araya.se/

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Episode 9: Northern Light Modular, Marc Borri & Sascha Haber

Episode 9: Northern Light Modular, Marc Borri & Sascha Haber

February 26, 2020

Welcome to episode 9 of Source Of Uncertainty! In this episode Robert and Kyle each patch with the Northern Light Modular h series modules. Then they talk to the people that made the system, Marc Borri & Sascha Haber.  

Show notes:

Hello: 0:00

Robert's patch with the Northern Light Modular h system: 16:25

Kyle's patch with the Northern Light Modular h system: 40:25

Interview with Sascha Haber and Marc Borri: 59:01

Goodbye: 2:03:10

For more information and to purchase Northern Light Modular modules visit: https://northernlightmodular.com/

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Episode 8: 259e & Todd Barton Again!

Episode 8: 259e & Todd Barton Again!

January 29, 2020

Welcome to the 8 episode of Source Of Uncertainty! In this episode we’ll explore the gnarliness of the Buchla Twisted Waveform Generator Model 259e, and we also check back in with Todd Barton to hear about his recent musical releases and what the future holds. 

Show notes:

Hello: 0:00

Featured Module Twisted Waveform Generator Model 259e: 19:25

Todd Barton Interview: 1:03

Goodbye: 1:46:35

Contact Todd Barton for modular lessons: http://toddbarton.com/

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Episode 7: 223e, Joel Davel & Peter Nyboer

Episode 7: 223e, Joel Davel & Peter Nyboer

December 26, 2019

On episode 7 of Source Of Uncertainty we dig into the Multi-Dimensional Kinesthetic Input / Tactile Input Port. We then talk with long time Buchla Associate Joel Davel about working with Don Buchla and all the controllers he helped develop, and finally Peter Nyboer from Sensel joins the conversation to talk about collaborating with Joel on the Morph Thunder Pad. 

Show Notes 

Hello: 0:00 
Patching with the 223e: 14:00 
Interview with Joel Davel: 55:55 
Peter Nyboer joins the conversation: 1:37:45 
Goodbye: 2:11:20 

Visit Joel's website at: http://absolutedeviation.com/

Find the Sensel Morph Thunder Pad here: https://sensel.com/collections/all/products/morph-with-buchla-thunder-overlay

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You can find DivKid's and Instruo's "øchd" module here: https://www.instruomodular.com/product/ochd/

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Listen to Robert’s music at: https://mutierend.bandcamp.com/releases

Listen to Kyle’s music at: https://darksparkler.bandcamp.com/

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