The Model 266 series of programs features interviews with pioneering and contemporary musicians working with legendary Buchla synthesizers. This segment features composer Morton Subotnick.
In 1963, Don Buchla created his first Modular Electronic Music System for composer Morton Subotnick, who produced Silver Apples Of The Moon, his first major electronic work, with the instrument. In 1970, Buchla introduced the Series 200 Electric Music Box. Controlled not by a traditional piano-type keyboard, but with patch-chords, knobs, and touch controllers. In the 1990s, digital synthesis and recording moved the modular synthesizer to the margins of music production, but the instrument never disappeared. DIY manufacturers supplied instruments and kits to a growing community of devoted musicians and experimenters. Amid resurgent interest in the 21st century, the Electric Music Box was reintroduced in 2005 as the Buchla 200e--an analog synthesizer for the digital age.
These programs are produced in relation to Source of Uncertainty, a pair of concerts organized by Harvestworks, ((audience)) and River-to-River Festival, taking place on June 28th, 2012 and July 7, 2012.
Model 266 is hosted by Alexis Bhagat and produced by Abby Echiverri. The program is produced at Harvestworks, and portions of these programs are recorded at Harvestworks PASS.