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The Buchla Music Easel Ships

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xouoxno:
Wow, they're making it again!

One of the years my music was performed at the Trenton Avant Gard Festival (1995-97), Charles Cohen was playing one of these in the "beer garden". Pretty cool box.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Cohen

LNerell:
I posted this last week on facebook, I was up at Noise Bug and this guy came in to pick up his brand new Music Easel, one of the first the store has recieved. Here are a couple pictures I took of it as he was opening it up for the first time:





They go for about $3800, you have to put 2 grand up front, non refundable deposit to get one.

LNerell:

--- Quote from: ffcal on December 19, 2013, 05:39:42 PM ---Wow.  Almost looks more to me like a Serge than a Buchla.  I interviewed Morton Subotnick in the 70s and the Buchla he was using then looked more metallic and darker than this (though I remember him being credited on his albums as playing an Electronic Music Box, so I'm now confused).
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I'm not an expert on the Buchla stuff, but from my understanding the Electronic Music Box was Don's 200 system while it was being sold through CBS. This box we are talking about here was the portable performance version call the Music Easel, basically his version of the Mini Moog. I think its based on three different 200 modules. I think Mort has probably played just about everything Don has made, he now uses a Buchla 200e in live performance.

ffcal:

--- Quote from: LNerell on December 21, 2013, 01:26:10 AM ---I'm not an expert on the Buchla stuff, but from my understanding the Electronic Music Box was Don's 200 system while it was being sold through CBS. This box we are talking about here was the portable performance version call the Music Easel, basically his version of the Mini Moog. I think its based on three different 200 modules.

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Thanks, that's explains it.  Good to see that Subotnick is still active.  His "Touch," "Silver Apples of the Moon," "4 Butterflies" and "Until Spring" releases were favorites of mine in the 70s.  I also remember seeing a metallic Buchla synth prototype at the Exploratorium when I went to see an Eno installation there in the early 90s.

In googling suitcase synthesizers on Google, I came across this interesting page of DIY analog synths from Brazil:

www.recosynth.com

The "Phonedrone" synth, which uses a telephone dial from a rotary phone, looks especially fun:

http://www.recosynth.com/?p=297

Forrest

Julio Di Benedetto:
Forrest, that Phone Drone synth is out there....love it. 

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