Source Of Uncertainty: A Buchla Podcast 4U
Artist Spotlight: Robert Standefer - Seven .WAVs

Artist Spotlight: Robert Standefer - Seven .WAVs

January 13, 2021

Seven .WAVs (pronounced “seven dot waves”) is an exploration of materiality in electronic music. The album comprises seven individual compositions, each a conceptual interpretation of “waves” and a logical manifestation of waveforms. The recordings of the compositions are  materialized as .WAV files. 

All of the compositions use FM radio transmissions for theme and rhythm. In some tracks, the use of the radio is logical and relatively easy to distinguish. In others, the use of the radio is conceptual and the results are indistinguishable from synthesis. Using FM radio broadcasts as a foundational element of the composition results in a recording that captures a moment in time. It is left to the listener’s imagination as to what one would hear if the recording had started a few minutes earlier or later….

Episode 19: Benge & The Polyphonic Tuner 272e

Episode 19: Benge & The Polyphonic Tuner 272e

December 30, 2020

Welcome to episode 19 of Source Of Uncertainty. In this episode Robert digs into the Polyphonic Tuner Model 272e, and then we chat with Benge!

Show notes:

Hello: 0:00

Robert explores the 272e: 16:15

Interview with Benge: 42:37

Goodbye: 1:56:40

 

Links for Benge:

myblogitsfullofstars.blogspot.com

zackdagoba.bandcamp.com

instagram.com/memetunestudio

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Artist Spotlight: Benge

Artist Spotlight: Benge

December 16, 2020

There are two improvisations on each system, the first two on a vintage 100 and the second two on a cloned 200 

There are some significant differences in sound between the two eras, most noticeably the tone of the VCOs and the filters. I would describe the earlier VCOs as being richer, fuller and brighter than the 200 series but not as stable, and the filters being more edgy and pure in nature. The 200 system introduced the LPGs, timbre-shaping and the Spectral Processor, all of which give the system a very distinctive sound that was absent from the 100

Personally, I like the overall tone of the 100 series very much, as it has a power and richness that puts it in the same league as other early systems such as the Moog Modular and the ARP 2500. I am not sure if there is a similar power in the original 200 series modules (as opposed to modern cloned ones) as I have never been able to compare them directly, but my guess would be that various filters, VCOs and other things that Don began to introduce in the 1970s took the sound away from the more basic and simple sound of the 100, exploring and pioneering other avenues as he went towards fully digital systems in the 1980s. It is a fascinating progression, and one that is mirrored in the development of synthesisers in general between the 1960s and 1980s, as digital technology gradually took over

The systems used were as follows:

Buchla 100 

Vintage Modules:

102 Dual Stereo Locator

106 Six Channel Mixer

110 Dual Gate

111 Dual Ring Modulator

112 Touch Control

123 Sequencer

130 Dual Envelope Detector

140 Timing Pulse Generator

144 Dual Square Wave Generator

156 CV Processor x 3

158 Dual Sine/Saw x 2

160 White Noise Generator

165 Random Voltage Source

175 Dual Line Driver / EQ

180 Dual Attack Generator x 2

185 Frequency Shifter

190 Dual Reverberator

191 Sharp Cutoff Filter

194 Bandpass Filter

Cloned Modules:

110 Dual Gate

144 Dual Square Wave Generator x 3

146 Sequencer

180 Dual Attack Generator

205 Dual Matrix Mixer

Buchla 200

Cloned Modules:

205 Dual Matrix Mixer

208 Stored Program Sound Source

212 Dodeca Module

218 Touch Control

224 Patchbay

248 MARF + Expander

256 Dual CV Adder

257 Dual CV Processor

258 Dual Oscillator x 2

259 Complex Waveform Generator

261e Complex Waveform Generator

266 Source of Uncertainty

275 Dual EQ / Reverb

277 Signal Delay

281 Quad Function Generator x 2

285 Frequency Shifter

292 Quad LPG

296 Spectral Processor

 
 
Episode 18: Ellison Wolf & ZORX / Waveform Magazine

Episode 18: Ellison Wolf & ZORX / Waveform Magazine

November 25, 2020

Welcome to episode 18 of Source Of Uncertainty. In this episode Robert and Kyle talk about Kyle's new Buchla album: DARK SPARKLER - “Are You Working With Me, Or Against Me?” available at darksparkler.bandcamp.com. Kyle takes the ZORX Ribbon Controller out for a patch or two, and then they talk to it's creator Ellison Wolf. 

Show notes:

Hello: 0:00

Kyle explores the ZORX Ribbon Controller: 25:46

Interview with Ellison Wolf: 42:27

Goodbye: 1:48:40

For more information about the ZORX Ribbon Controller visit https://www.zorxelectronics.com/ 

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Artist Spotlight: Samuel Edmund

Artist Spotlight: Samuel Edmund

November 11, 2020
The Buchla Music Easel has been one of my main instruments for about 3 years now.
 
When I first got it I spent a lot of time making “Cortini-esque” patches and sharing them on YouTube.  I considered trying to do a similar thing for this artist spotlight to really highlight the Buchla sound but eventually decided against it. 
 
I’ve gotten more and more into ambient/drone music over the last few years and feel I’ve slowly found my voice there. I’m still using the Easel as a live performance instrument, but in a very different way than my early days!
 
All the tracks for this EP were live to stereo recordings of my Music Easel & field recordings running through my pedal board of loopers/effects and then processed by a Ciat Lonbarde Cocoquantus & Plumbutter 2 for texture & stereo movement. Every tonal sound/melody originated from the Buchla.
 
The tracks were then “stereo massaged” by FernLodge (thanks Joe) and mastered by SALZ who does a ton of work for the amazing Seil Records label.
 
I’m considering this my first official release ever and would like to thank Kyle & Robert for giving me a deadline and an opportunity. I hope everyone enjoys 🖤
 
Instagram: @samule.edmoon
 
 
 
 
 
Track list:
 
01 - Light Of Other Days (00:00)
02 - Long Before The End (06:52) 
03 - The Evening, The Morning & The Night (11:40)
04 - Autumn Land (16:56) 
05 - Deeper Than The Darkness (21:51)
Episode 17: Dunnington Audio & The 258D

Episode 17: Dunnington Audio & The 258D

October 28, 2020

Welcome to episode 17 of Source Of Uncertainty. In this episode Robert and Kyle talk to Daniel Skevington who is behind Dunnington Audio and the “revised” Quad Function Generator and Dual Oscillator clones, and Kyle takes the 258D for a spin.

Show notes:

Hello: 0:00

Kyle explores the Dunnington Audio 258D: 19:30

Interview with Daniel Skevington: 45:15

Goodbye: 1:57:00

For more information about Dunningto Audio visit - https://www.dunningtonaudio.co.uk/ 

“Through Another Looking Glass” by Wavefreq 

https://wavefreq1.bandcamp.com/album/through-another-looking-glass 

“Spin Patterns” by Mat Watson
https://matwatson.bandcamp.com/album/spin-patterns

“Gypsy” by NYVVA 

https://nyvva.bandcamp.com/?fbclid=IwAR0AYgf_4HeaLNSr5l6UDUA4YIYUDZsq39QjKJt5UunqyHMn9CX8urIyT-4

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Artist Spotlight: Philippe Petit - Schliuuurkschplinkplonky / Dramatically Yours

Artist Spotlight: Philippe Petit - Schliuuurkschplinkplonky / Dramatically Yours

October 14, 2020

Schliuuurkschplinkplonky, performed live on a BUCHLA 200 system using Dual Oscillator 258 ; Complex Waveform Generator 259 ; Rob Hordijk’s Benjolin adapted for Buchla ; Quad Function Generator 281 ; Source Of Uncertainty 266 ; Frequency Shifter 285 ; Multiple Arbitrary Function Generator 248 - 1602 ; Dual Equalizer Reverb 275 with Spring Reverb in large tanks ; Quad Lopass Gate 292 and the 207 Mixer.

Dramatically Yours, performed on a Buchla Music Easel K.

I am interested in soundtracks and like to be introduced as a "musical travel agent".

Since the early 2000s I have been performing the world, playing festivals all over Europe, Canada, USA, Mexico, Australia & Asia... Feeling lucky to release on several international labels such as Opa-Loka, Aagoo, Southern UK, Monotype, Beta Lactam Ring, Sub Rosa, HomeNormal, Important, Staubgold, etc...

I study Electroacoustic music at the CNRR Conservatory of Marseille where I am specialising in multi-channelled diffusion (Acousmatic spatialisation) and Modular Synthesis. I have initiated a platform/label aiming at promoting the genre:
https://modulisme.info/sessions

Relying on electricity/amplification to produce, manipulate, work on sound-material, but trying my best to explore various genres and make sure that each of my albums differs from the previous one, trying to avoid routine and surprise my listeners.

Not musically trained/educated I lie outside the Classical genre but my scores incorporate traditional classical components in a predominantly unconventional manner which allowed me to being asked by Iancu Dumitrescu & Ana Maria Avram to join forces as a soloist in their Hyperion Ensemble + being invited by Jean-Paul Dessy (Musiques Nouvelles ensemble) and Raoul Lay (Ensemble Télémaque) to become in charge of electronics/turntables in their ambitious E. C. O. (European Chamber Orchestra) formation comprising of 33 soloists...
Fortunate enough to work with what people call a dream-team of collaborators: joining Lydia Lunch, Murcof, Eugene Robinson (Oxbow), Edward Ka-Spel (Legendary Pink Dots), Simon Fisher Turner, Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle), Foetus, Pantaleimon, Graham Lewis (Wire), Barry Adamson, Andy Diagram, Scanner, Machinefabriek, Mira Calix, Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Justin K. Broadrick, James Johnston (Gallon Drunk/Bad Seeds), Mark Cunningham (MARS), Cindytalk, Orkest De Ereprijs,  Stephen O'Malley,  Strings Of consciousness or Faust onstage and-or in studio…

Philippe Petit & Michael Schaffer: I (CD + Digital / Opa-Loka) https://philippepetitmichaelschaffer.bandcamp.com/releases
Philippe Petit: A Space between spaces (Music to create space rather than occupying Space) (Digital / Ante-Rasa Records) ante-rasa.bandcamp.com/album/ante26-philippe-petit-a-space-between-spaces-music-to-create-space-rather-than-occupying-space
 
Philippe Petit : Deep-Sea Creatures (Digital / MUTEANT Records) ​https://muteantsoundsnetlabel.bandcamp.com/album/deep-sea-creatures
 

www.philippepetit.info

Episode 16: Johnny Woods & Triple Envelope Follower 230r

Episode 16: Johnny Woods & Triple Envelope Follower 230r

September 30, 2020

Welcome to episode 16 of Source Of Uncertainty. In this episode Kyle tries to figure out what to do with the 230 Triple Envelope Follower, and then the hosts talk to Johnny Woods about his new album and working in a solar powered studio. 

Show notes:

Hello: 0:00

Kyle explores the Triple Envelope Follower: 18:35

Interview with Johnny Woods: 40:50

Goodbye: 1:49:35

To purchase Johnny Wood’s album Pavillions visit - https://johnnywoods.bandcamp.com/ 

https://brettnaucke.bandcamp.com/album/ems-hallucinations - EMS Hallucinations, by Brett Naucke

https://boscio.bandcamp.com/album/if-we-seek-with-intent - If We Seek With Intent, by René G. Boscio - Out October 2nd

https://transversales.bandcamp.com/album/plein-soleil - PLEIN SOLEIL, by Jonathan Fitoussi  

https://suzanneciani.bandcamp.com/album/music-for-denali - Music For Denali, by Suzanne Ciani

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Artist Spotlight: Johnny Woods

Artist Spotlight: Johnny Woods

September 16, 2020

0:00 Dawn Two (from Pavilions)

6:21 First Flight (live) (from The Wild Vol. 1)

10:24 Sketch of Uncertainty 1 (live) (exclusive)

13:58 Sketch of Uncertainty 2 (live) (exclusive)

18:36 Sketch of Uncertainty 3 (live) (exclusive)

The first two tracks are taken from two recent releases, and notably both use the same exact patch. The last three pieces are exclusive for this podcast. When trying to figure out themes for a new album, I typically record dozens of little live sketches that play with different patch ideas. These one-take-wonders illustrate some concepts I am working on for future releases.  

https://johnnywoods.bandcamp.com/

Episode 15: The Galaxy Electric + 208 Tips & Patch Ideas

Episode 15: The Galaxy Electric + 208 Tips & Patch Ideas

August 26, 2020

Welcome to episode 15 of Source Of Uncertainty. In this episode we talk to Jacqueline & Augustus from The Galaxy Electric. We talk about the duo’s musical history, discovering Buchla, and the  Kickstarter campaign for their new album. Before our chat, Kyle shows off a few thing’s he’s learned about the 208/Music Easel.

 

Show notes:

 

Hello: 0:00

208 Tips & Patch Ideas: 7:00

Interview with The Galaxy Electric: 40:20

Goodbye: 2:08:00

 

For more information about The Galaxy Electric, visit their website at https://www.thegalaxyelectric.com/. You can also find the Kickstarter for their new album here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1511715045/the-galaxy-electric-is-releasing-new-music-on-reel-to-reel/description

 

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