MATRIXSYNTH: Morton Subotnick - The Wild Bull (1968, US, electronic)



Monday, October 29, 2007

Morton Subotnick - The Wild Bull (1968, US, electronic)

"This Piece was named after a Sumerian poem (c 1700 BC). Morton Subotnick always used the Buchla synthesizer as his electronic instrument. Don Buchla was the west coast counterpart of the east coast Bob Moog. His synthesizers didn't have real keyboards, they were made for producing electronic sounds, not melodies."

via Wiel's Time Capsule where you can find a stream and more of the album.

Update via Wavedeform in the comments: "The CD of this is still in print. Mort's site has ordering information."

5 comments:

  1. The CD of this is still in print. Mort's site has ordering information.

    http://www.mortonsubotnick.com/order.html

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  2. thats my favorite buchla record.. well of those I've heard.

    scary stuff... good for halloween.

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  3. One of the most viscerally charged all-electronic compositions ever made. Shows to go you, with only a couple cabinets of Buchla 100 & a couple 2-track tape decks Mr. Subotnick was able to create a work of music that was mind-bogglingly symphonic in scope.

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  4. I think it's worth noting the difference in the type, rather than the quality of the sounds on The Wild Bull/Silver Apples when compared to later works e.g. SOCS, Until Spring. The difference in methods of control over gates between the two systems (100 & 200 that is) makes for two distinct types of Subotnick, but not of course, the only two types.

    IMHO of course

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  5. "His synthesizers didn't have real keyboards, they were made for producing electronic sounds, not melodies."

    ouch.

    s/b:

    His synthesizers didn't have incrementally prescaled equal tempered keyboards, instead a series of touchplates in which the output of each key could be scaled to any voltage, each with it's own gate output - so they could be used not only for producing melody, but to control other parameters and easily adapted to just trigger multiple independent events.

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