Source Of Uncertainty: A Buchla Podcast 4U
Episode 22: Buchla USA CEO Eric Fox & The Infinite Phase Shifter

Episode 22: Buchla USA CEO Eric Fox & The Infinite Phase Shifter

March 31, 2021

Welcome to episode 22 of Source Of Uncertainty. Get ready to phase in or phase out (whichever you prefer) with a long look at the Infinite Phase Shifter Model 297. Robert and Kyle then check in with Buchla USA CEO Eric Fox about the past year and a half since we last talked and chat about what’s coming in the future. 

 

Show notes:

Hello: 0:00

297 Featured Module: 22:22

Interview with Eric Fox: 1:15:00

Goodbye: 2:46:40

 

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Artist Spotlight: Musical Fungus - Eleusis

Artist Spotlight: Musical Fungus - Eleusis

March 10, 2021

The first time I ever saw a Buchla system I was curious and intrigued. When I first heard a Buchla system I instantly fell in love with the timbres and have been exploring Don's circuits ever since. The sound of the Easel's Complex Oscillator or the Programmable Complex Waveform Generator Model 259 are unlike any other oscillator I have ever used. And the in depth interconnected relationship with their Modulation Oscillators makes them instruments in their own right. There is truly something magical in Don's designs. Something that attracts and inspires musicians from all corners of the world and all walks of life, to push their boundaries and think outside the musical status quo.

In my mind the Buchla ecosystem is the perfect platform for live musical improvisation. Raw stream of consciousness materialized by the musicians creativity and rewarded through careful exploration of the system. My favorite quote from Don is "Anything is possible. We're not limited by technology; we're not limited by instruments. We're limited only by our mindsets." Its this quote that continues to inspire me to explore new ideas in the creation of sound and to be fearless in my approach to improvised live performance. This piece of music is a manifestation of that quote and a glimpse into my creative mindset. An eclectic mix composed of various patches reflecting and archiving where I was and what I was feeling during that moment in time. 

One of my favorite ways to create music is to wake up, fire up the Buchla, hit record, and just explore the endless possibilities. Whether I end up liking the patch or not I always make it a habit of documenting the results and adding it to my personal sonic journal. I love the places I go and the emotions I experience when freely improvising on my Buchla. I believe I produce my best work with this method and it has personally become a powerful creative technique that I continue to explore.

All sounds heard in this piece were one take recordings with no overdubbing or multi tracking. Recorded between March and December of 2020 straight from the mixer to a Zoom H4n Pro. While I have a growing collection of 200 series clones that were used in these recordings from time to time. This piece of music was done almost entirely on a Music Easel through various outboard effect units.

 

Modules used in performance:

- 2016 Bemi Music Easel (208 and 218e)

- Progammable Complex Waveform Generator Model 259r

- Source of Uncertainty Model 266

- Mixer/Preamplifer Model 207r

-Quad Lopass Gate Model 292c

- Quad Function Generator Model 281r

- Dual Voltage Processor Model 257r

 

Effects used in performance:

- Sony TC-366 reel to reel (for tape delay)

-Strymon Timeline

-Strymon Big Sky

- Make Noise Mimeophon

- Make Noise Erbe-Verb

- Make Noise Echophon

- Make Noise Morphagene

 

For more music, videos, and tutorials:

soundcloud.com/musicalfungus

youtube.com/musicalfungus

kriyarecords.bandcamp.com

musicalfungus.bandcamp.com

instagram.com/musicalfungus

(@musicalfungus)

Episode 21: Passepartout Duo & The Bandpass Filter 194F

Episode 21: Passepartout Duo & The Bandpass Filter 194F

February 24, 2021

Welcome to episode 21 of Source Of Uncertainty. In this episode Robert & Kyle talk to Nicoletta & Christopher from Passepartout Duo about their new album “Epigrams”. Kyle also digs into the Bandpass Filter Model 194F. 

Show notes:

Hello: 0:00

Kyle explores the 194F: 6:48

Interview with Passepartout Duo: 32:37

Goodbye: 1:36:26

 

Find out more about Passepartout Duo, visit these links:
Bandcamp: https://passepartoutduo.bandcamp.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/passepartoutduo/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/passepartoutpianopercussion

Website: http://www.passepartoutduo.com/

 

Purchase Robert’s new album at:

https://robstand.com/ 

 

Purchase Kyle’s new album at: https://darksparkler.bandcamp.com/ 

 

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Artist Spotlight: Mike Estlick - January ‘21

Artist Spotlight: Mike Estlick - January ‘21

February 10, 2021

About Mike Estlick:

I'm an electrical engineer by day, and a Buchla player by night.
I've been recording electronic music since I was a kid in the 80s.
I was into raves, clubs, and MIDI sequencers in the 90s.
In the 2000s I recorded quite a bit with the Nord Modular synths, and got into sequencing with modules instead of MIDI.

In 2017 I got an Easel, and by 2018 had built up this Buchla system. Since then all my music is composed and performed on modular systems.
I find the 248/245/216 combo very productive for writing music, and it blows my mind that this stuff all was designed before I was born. 

I've since got into Serge and LZX systems as well, and have videos up on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/MikeEstlick

When there's no global pandemic, I like to hang out with my friends at the Colorado Modular Synth Society: https://coloradomodularsynthsociety.com/

"January '21"

Patch Notes:

0:00 - 2:10 : Start

A little filter-sweep introduction with 2x258 and 212.
There is a pretty complicated feedback network going with FM into the filter and the oscillators.
The 248 MARF is modulating waveshapes with slow, sloped voltages.

2:10 - 7:40 : SeqVol

Krell variation on the Easel, with the pulser driving the sequencer and the sequencer modulating the volume.
The Easel pulser is also driving the Pendulum/Ratchet, which runs a patch on the 212 system.
EHX Deluxe Memory Man provides the echo.

Various parts of the patch were recorded into the Keen Association 287e.
The end of this piece is the 287e playing snippets into the 212 system.

7:40 - 13:00 : Scan

A 248 MARF and 245 based sequence driving 208 and 258/212 voices.
The Pendulum/Ratchet divides down for drum and bass sounds.

Again recorded parts of the patch into the 287e, and played that through the 212.
The Pendulum/Ratchet is triggering the 287e and 212 envelopes for the end of this piece.

13:00 - 15:06 : Ival

Another 248/245 sequence, with vocal percussion sounds from the 287e (recorded from the onboard mic).
The filtered notes are selected by the 216 Touch Controlled Voltage Source.

15:06 - 21:28 : 9Swing

Have you ever wanted to have a rhythm swing in 9/8, against a 5 chord progression in 7/4?
Well, the MARF is the sequencer for you!

The lead sound is the Easel, using pressure to modulate pitch and timbre.
I used a 257 so I could have the pressure change the amount of modulation oscillator to timbre.

The backing is from the 212 system.

The second section is the patch as I originally made it.
For the first section, I just swapped the envelopes around to change the levels of other voices in the patch.
The third section is the 287e playing samples from the patch.

21:28 - 26:56 : Glory

The lead is the Easel arpeggiator. The Easel clocks the Pendulum/Ratchet, which then drives the 248/245 and all the background sounds.
The 287e is playing snippets of a reading of a Rilke poem.
The 216 plays the clicky bleep sound.

Episode 20: Robert Standefer & Kyle Swisher

Episode 20: Robert Standefer & Kyle Swisher

January 27, 2021

Welcome to episode 20 of Source Of Uncertainty. In this episode Robert & Kyle talk about some module news, how they got into music/Buchla and the new albums they recently released.

Purchase Kyle’s new album at: https://darksparkler.bandcamp.com/ 
Purchase Robert's album at: https://robstand.com/ 

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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

Purchase Kyle’s new album at: https://darksparkler.bandcamp.com/ 

Listen and subscribe to Podular Modcast: https://podularmodcast.fireside.fm/

Listen and subscribe to The Deerhorn podcast: 

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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/ 

Purchase Kyle’s new album at: https://darksparkler.bandcamp.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)
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