MATRIXSYNTH: Morton Subotnik's Buchla 300 at IRCAM, 1981

Friday, February 16, 2007

Morton Subotnik's Buchla 300 at IRCAM, 1981


Click here for a post on Chroniques de la Mao. Sent my way via Peter Grenader of Plan b, ear, and Buzz-Click.

Update: Be sure to check out the comments. I was going to continue updating the post with them but figured I'd just call out to check them instead. With all posts it's a good idea to check out the comments for more info.

19 comments:

  1. Peter

    Any idea what album this 300 is on of Subotniks?

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  2. A keen eye will tell you the photo is backwards. Note that the low pass gates are rising instead of falling.

    Certainly this would cause a rift in the cosmos of epic porportions.

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  3. matrix - i think you posted this a few months ago

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  4. Actually, I don't think there were any Subotnick releases in which this machine was used. Possibly the Ghost track pieces like Liquid Strata which Patrick Grierson recorded.

    SIlver Apples, Wild Bull and Touch were all 100 done at the Bleecker Street studio in NYC.

    Sidewinder was the 200 that CIA owned from studio B303. Go here:

    http://www.barryschrader.com/dashboard/gallerytool/image.htm?00000007.jpg

    I believe this was also used for Four Butterflies as well. Until Spring and Cloudless Sulfer I know were realized on Mort's own system, which consisted of a mixture of pre-blue knob 200 modules (all 258's, no 259's) , a 208, a 218 and a Dodeca, which at the time I was working with him was all housed a the folding case DOn was making for at time - the best solution I think he's come up with for packaging.

    The computer in the 500 that was in CIA studio B304 was used for the control voltage generation for Cloudless Sulfer, but none of the audio tracks The Game Room, the project Gary Chang and I worked with him on used everythng - Mort's system, the B303 200 and B304 500.

    CIA did get a 300 after I left, but not the one in this photo. That was also in a folding case. I actually had it and the computer here in my lab for a time a few years back on it's way to it's new owner. The only part that remained in the case fomr the CIA 300 outside of the comuter and it's interface I/Os was the octal (? - it may have bene only six) digital VCO interface.

    I'm not sure the system in this photo was actually Mort's - possibly it was Ircam's.

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  5. is it playing pong?

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  6. Thanks Peter, I updated the post with that for those that don't check out the comments.

    anonymous, regarding posting this already, you are right. I found the previous post here back on April of 2006. Different image but it went to the same post on Chroniques de la Mao.

    With this new info I'm glad this went up.

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  7. Octal means 8

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  8. Anonymous said...
    Octal means 8

    Yeah, I know.

    I wasn't celar. I'm not sure if that was an octal module or a six banger.

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  9. Programmable OCTAL signal source - 8 voice.

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  10. the Octal Signal Source is 8 voices not VCOs..

    to get technical it has in fact 24 wavetable Oscillators (1 Principal Osc, 1 Timber Mod Osc and 1 Freq Mod Osc per voice) with 8 dedicated extended function Lopass Gates and specialized output phase circuitry for mono, stereo quad or octal output.

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  11. Anonymous said...

    Programmable OCTAL signal source - 8 voice.

    THANK YOU FOR CLEARING THIS UP FOR ME. As mentioned, I didn't recollect if the module was OCTAL just a six voice. I wasn't even sure of the it's name and Rick Smith's site is down which I was hoping to use for a reference.

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  12. yeah why'd that bastard pull it..?? oh waits that me.

    i am working on it.. or rather i should be.

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  13. That picture is mirrored

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  14. Sorry for my bad english. I am surprised by this sentence: "I' m not sour the system in this photo was actually Mort' S - possibly it was Ircam' S." A thing is sure, Morton Subotnick worked on this Buchla 300 during the summer 1981, date on which I followed the training course of Ircam. It is Morton Subotnick which presented Buchla to us. It used it with the 4C of Ircam (computer at real time) to compose "Ascent into air". I explain all that, with the bonds, in my blog the new Chronicles of the Mao: http://magelectrique.blogspot.com/ Just a question, is this a beginning of polemic?

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  15. I explain all that, with the links (not the bonds), in my blog the new Chronicles of the Mao: http://magelectrique.blogspot.com/
    The picture one was inserted corretement and I put a news of Morton Subtonick inserting the instructions for the 4C of Ircam.
    Matrixsynth, I would like well that the explanation on my blog is developed, with a visible link by all. I find that the remark of Peter Grenader carries me damage on my credibility even my honesty.

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  16. This is not appropriate to me. The evil was made. During several hours - to see the number of comments - was read by very many people. Peter Grenader commented on my photograph - what is its right - but while bringing erroneous comments. Not to know that Buchla 300 was used by Morton Subotnick to create with the 4C Computer in Ircam for "Ascent Into Air" is rather light for somebody who says specialist in Morton Subotnick. But it is not most important. What I dispute, it is the doubt thrown on my photograph. I made an answer, in English, on my blog, with links indicating that Buchla 300 formed part of the device of Morton Subotnick in Ircam. I thus ask, that this link be made available of all readers, and not only on the window of the comments. When there was damage - moral - it is necessary to know to recognize it and to rectify it. It is for me a question of principle.
    My answer is here :
    http://magelectrique.blogspot.com/

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  17. Deb said:

    Not to know that Buchla 300 was used by Morton Subotnick to create with the 4C Computer in Ircam for "Ascent Into Air" is rather light for somebody who says specialist in Morton Subotnick.

    Oh Jeez...

    Ascent into Air was done way after I left CalArts and my involvement with Mort. I was working with him during the Cloudless Sulfer/Until Srings days. If you notice, my listings of the instruments he used ended with those pieces - this is because that's all I am certain of.

    I hope this clears up your questions.

    On doubting the photo ....this you are misunderstanding.

    I said this:

    " I don't think there were any Subotnick releases in which this machine was used. Possibly the Ghost track pieces like Liquid Strata which Patrick Grierson recorded. "

    I was being literal - meaning I wasn't sure that particular machine in the photo was ever used in a recorded peice. If I am wrong on that, OK, I'm wrong. I also mentioned I wasn't sure that that particular insrtument tbelonged to Mort. I was pretty sure he never owned a 300. I've spoken to him since, and I am correct in that assertion.

    I don't see any of what I said as damaging or evil, as you commented - but if found it to be that way, I apologize.


    - P

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  18. For pictures of this synth now, check out my blog @ http://www.barrythrew.com/2008/01/31/where-are-they-now-ircams-buchla-100/

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  19. Wow! Thanks for dropping by and leaving the link. Here it is as a link for anyone that doesn't actually copy the full URL: link

    I also put up a new post so others do not miss this simply amazing find.

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