MATRIXSYNTH: Barry Schrader & Death of the Red Planet

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Barry Schrader & Death of the Red Planet

CEC eContact! has a post up on a 1973 article from American Cinematographer on the film Death of the Red Planet. The film was by Dale Allan Pelton and featured music from Barry Schrader on the Buchla 200. From Dale in the page pictured to the left:

"At last I heard Celebration, a work by Barry Schrader, a young teacher of electronic music at Cal-Arts. I immediately knew he was the one to score the film. He had a unique ability to generate startling high-energy music. Barry's final quadraphonic mix was produced in the space of two months after many all-night sessions with the Buchla 200 electronic music synthesizer. Using complex timbres and as many as twenty layered tracks, Barry achieved incredible sound densities (sound events per unit time). The Buchla sound is quite different from that of the Moog synthesizer which we have become famiiliar with in pop music. The Buchla does not use a keyboard. The various sound events and dialogues amongst its modules are initiated internally, and externally controlled by touch sensitive tabs."

You can find other films by Dale Allan Pelton on IMDB here and Barry Schrader here. You can find Barry Schrader's official website here.

Update: you can find an excerpt of the music on Barry Schrader's site here. You'll also find some additional notes and pics.

Follow-up to this post.

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