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This profile was last updated on 9/19/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Technical Director of the Electri...

Artists
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Electric Weasel Ensemble

Education

  • degree , Physics
    U.C. Berkeley
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Web References
BEAM: About : Advisors
www.triometrik.org, 19 Sept 2013 [cached]
Don Buchla is widely regarded as one of the major pioneers in electronic musical instruments; Don constructed the first voltage-controlled synthesizer in 1964. Since then, he has produced a variety of conceptually and technically advanced instruments, many of which are in use in university and private studios around the world. He has consulted for several instrument manufacturers, including CBS, Kimball Piano, Zeta Music, Yamaha International, Gibson Guitars, and E-Mu Systems. He has served as technical director of California Institute of the Arts, technical director of the Electric Symphony, co-director of the Artists' Research Collective. on has received grants from the Veterans' Administration (guidance devices for the blind), the Guggenheim Foundation (music languages), and the National Endowment for the Arts (composition). He recently received the prestigious 2002 SEAMUSLifetime Achievement Award "in recognition of his pioneering achievements and lifetime contribution to the art and craft of electro-acoustic music". Hundreds of his unique instruments continue to be in use and vintage Buchla synthesizers continue to be in strong demand. Don received a degree from UC Berkeley in Physics in 1960, and holds several patents in the fields of optics and musical instruments.
Don Buchla - San Francisco Electronic Music Festival
www.sfemf.org, 30 Nov 2013 [cached]
Alessandro Cortini with Don Buchla
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Don Buchla
Educated in physics, physiology, music, and astronomy, Don Buchla's multi-faceted creativity has been applied to fields as diverse as space biophysics research, musical instrument design, and multi-media composition. Much of his work has centered on the refinement of communication channels between man and machine, notably the invention of mobility aids for the visually handicapped, the development of instrumentation for bio-feedback and physiological telemetry, and the design of interactive electronic musical instruments and performance-oriented music languages. Don founded the alternative band, Fried Suck, was a founding member of the 15 piece Arch Ensemble, and co-founded the Electric Weasel Ensemble, the Muse and the Fuse, and the Artist's Research Collective. He served as technical director of the California Institute of the Arts, the San Francisco Tape Music Center, the Electric Circus, and the Electric Symphony. He has collaborated with such luminaries as Ami Radunskaya, David Rosenboom, Anthony Braxton, David Wessel, Morton Subotnick, Peter Apfelbaum, Suzanne Ciani, George Lewis, Nannick Bonnel, and his son, Ezra. He has developed several exotic controllers that provide expressive alternatives to traditional musical input devices; recent inventions include Thunder, Lightning III, Wind, Rain, 50 Fireflies, the Piano Bar, and the Marimba Lumina. He is currently completing a major redesign of the 200 series modular synthesizer (called the 200e) and contemplating his next project. www.buchla.com
Aurora School - Specialist Biographies
www.auroraschool.org, 24 Sept 2012 [cached]
Alex is an associate instrument builder and designer with the Paul Dresher Ensemble and a technician for synthesizer pioneer Don Buchla.
Don Buchla is widely regarded ...
beamfoundation.org, 2 Dec 2007 [cached]
Don Buchla is widely regarded as one of the major pioneers in electronic musical instruments; Don constructed the first voltage-controlled synthesizer in 1964.Since then, he has produced a variety of conceptually and technically advanced instruments, many of which are in use in university and private studios around the world.He has consulted for several instrument manufacturers, including CBS, Kimball Piano, Zeta Music, Yamaha International, Gibson Guitars, and E-Mu Systems.He has served as technical director of California Institute of the Arts, technical director of the Electric Symphony, co-director of the Artists' Research Collective.Don has received grants from the Veterans' Administration (guidance devices for the blind), the Guggenheim Foundation (music languages), and the National Endowment for the Arts (composition).He recently received the prestigious 2002 SEAMUSLifetime Achievement Award "in recognition of his pioneering achievements and lifetime contribution to the art and craft of electro-acoustic music".Hundreds of his unique instruments continue to be in use and vintage Buchla synthesizers continue to be in strong demand.Don received a degree from UC Berkeley in Physics in 1960, and holds several patents in the fields of optics and musical instruments.
NIME05 | May 26-28 2005 | Vancouver, Canada
www.nime.org, 26 May 2005 [cached]
 · technical program | Sound Installations | Keynote speech: Don Buchla | Session 1: 4 papers + 1 report | Poster Session 1 | Demo Session 1 | Session 2: 6 reports | Invited speaker: Golan Levin | Session 3: 5 papers | Poster Session 2 | Demo Session 2 | Session 4: 6 reports | Invited speaker (B. Buxton) | Session 5: 4 papers + 1 report | Poster Session 3 | Demo Session 3 | Session 6: 6 reports
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Don BuchlaP.O.Box 10205, Berkeley, CA 94709
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Mr. Buchla will be presenting and showing some of the fascinating musical instruments that he has created since 1965.
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Educated in physics, physiology, and music, Don Buchla's multi-faceted creativity has been applied to fields as diverse as space biophysics research, musical instrument design, and multi-media composition.Much of his work has centered on the refinement of communication channels between man and machine, notably the invention of mobility aids for the visually handicapped, the development of instrumentation for bio-feedback and physiological telemetry, and the design of interactive electronic musical instruments and performance-oriented music languages.
Don founded the alternative band, Fried Suck, was a founding member of the 15 piece Arch Ensemble, and co-founded the Electric Weasel Ensemble, and the Muse and the Fuse.He has collaborated with such luminaries as Ami Radunskaya, David Rosenboom, Anthony Braxton, David Wessel, Susan Rawcliff, Mark Goldstein, Morton Subotnick, Joel Davel, Wendy Reid, George Lewis, Peter Apfelbaum, Roberto Morales, David Kean, Yasi, and his son, Ezra Buchla.He has recently developed several exotic controllers that provide expressive alternatives to traditional musical input devices; recent inventions include Thunder, Lightning II, Wind, Rain, and the Marimba Lumina.He is currently completing a major redesign of the 200 series modular synthesizer and contemplating new projects.
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