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Eight Artists Making Music Built on Buchla Synthesizers

Illustrations by George Wylesol

The history of modular synthesis is so long and tangled that it’s difficult to pinpoint any one creator. But any realistic history of the instrument must include Don Buchla. Buchla’s electronic instruments never achieved the market penetration of widely available models from Moog or Roland. Just take a look at the Buchla 100, the model he built on commission for the San Francisco Tape Music Center with a $500 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation in 1963. A hefty silver cabinet studded with cryptic dials, multi-colored sockets, touch-sensitive panels—and, shockingly, no keyboard—it resembled something you’d find on the deck of the Starship Enterprise rather than what you’d find on stage or in a recording studio.

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The New Sound of Italian Electronic Music

Alessandro Adriani

Alessandro Adriani

In the second half of the 20th century, the Italian music scene made its greatest advances in reconfiguring and reinterpreting influences from abroad. In the 1970s, the country drank up the baroque excesses of U.K. prog, and churned out its own wave of bands in the genre. A handful of experimentalists, like Maurizio Bianchi, were inspired by North European industrial music to craft their own small-run DIY noise tapes at the tail-end of that decade. U.S. disco became synth-heavy Italo disco and, later, the influence of house music began to make its presence known.

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