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This profile was last updated on 2/19/15  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Mr. Don Buchla

Wrong Don Buchla?

Advisory Board Member


Employment History

  • Original Designer
    Marimba Lumina
  • Technical Director
    California Institute of the Arts
  • Technical Director
    San Francisco Tape Music Center
  • Technical Director
    Electric Symphony

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Marimba Lumina
  • Founder
  • Founder
    Electric Weasel Ensemble


  • degree , Physics
    U.C. Berkeley
94 Total References
Web References
board, 19 Feb 2015 [cached]
Don Buchla- Buchla history, electric music box builder for the stars.
|D| Absolute Deviation - Marimba Lumina Support, 12 May 2011 [cached]
For many years Joel was the right-hand technician for Don Buchla on repairs and assembly for his controllers.
What about Don Buchla?
Don is the designer of the Marimba Lumina. While the support team of Mark Goldstein and Joel Davel (not to mention help from Brian Rice and Chuck Carlson) were necessary, the principle design is Don Buchla's.
The infamous Don Buchla is the only maker of unusual and innovative controllers that has had the guts to fly in the face of market forces, and make what he wants. He is one of the few with the physics background to understand what is necessary to make them work too.
Don continues to design new modular 200e designs. Don approves ofthis endeavor. Joel continues to work for Don on various projects.
Mallet Synths vs. "Real" Instruments, 12 Feb 2006 [cached] - Marimba Lumina, created by Don Buchla
BIO, 28 April 2006 [cached]
His appearance at a Lincoln Center event prompted the Wall Street Journal to comment: ┬│percussionist Joel Davel blew everyone away with his virtuosic improvisation on the Marimba Lumina, an electronic invention that emulates and extends the vocabulary of conventional mallet instruments, and the [Buchla] Lightning, played by waving wireless wands in space.┬▓ Mr. Davel has made frequent appearances as a solo electronic percussionist at the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation as well as at other events such as the Other Minds Film Festival, at the Experience Museum in Seattle, and on tour in Russia.
Davel's intimate knowledge of his electronic music instruments come from 20 years of technical work with synthesizer pioneer Don Buchla, the original designer of the Marimba Lumina- an instrument Davel continues to build and develop. (The Marimba Lumina is an RF interface designed to expand mallet performance beyond traditional roles into new electronic realms.)
Don Buchla has been creating unusual electronic music instruments since the early 1960's.
The work done with Don Buchla and Paul Dresher is in this same spirit.
Don Buchla Synthesizer pioneer ..., 19 Feb 2014 [cached]
Don Buchla Synthesizer pioneer and founder of electronic music equipment company Buchla and Associates.
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