Synth Porn: Buchla Music Easel

This surreal and haunting video shows Charles Cohen on the “Buchla Music Easel,” an almost ancient synthesizer — 1973! — that uses a modular system to allow musicians to generate and modify musical noises within the same unit. Don Buchla created the Music Easel’s predecessor, the “Music Box,” in 1963, the same year Bob Moog invented his famous synth.

The Music Easel can be run on batteries and easily transported, weighing only 30 pounds. Sadly, only 14 were ever made.

The most beautiful piece of synth porn I’ve ever seen [Music Thing]

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4 Responses to Synth Porn: Buchla Music Easel

  1. Anonymous says:

    There was a Buchla at the Ontario College of Art and Design (and there may still be). It is incredibly difficult to produce sounds with any sense of control and what the dude is doing with one is awsome!

  2. dineriz says:

    NOTHING compares with the
    synthesizer patel collection of
    synthesizers.
    I mean, this guy has changed his name in “synthesizer”, amazing ;)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cv1_Bw_sBo

    D.

  3. spaceling says:

    You can see Charles Cohen play his instrument regularly in Philadelphia. He is an excellent collaborator having played with almost every improvisational jazz and electronic project interested in hooking up with him.

  4. Adzuom says:

    That was an amazing vid, loved the music.
    Didn’t much like the camera work though.

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