MATRIXSYNTH: Ro by Todd Barton

Friday, May 31, 2019

Ro by Todd Barton

Published on May 30, 2019 Todd Barton

You might recall the Shakuhachi Ro Simultaneous Releases by Todd Barton posted here. I'm happy to announce the re-release of Todd Barton's solo shakuhachi album, Ro, is now available. An interesting aspect of this release is that Todd with the help of Walker Farrell at Makenoise music has made samples available in Makenoise/Tom Erbe Morphagene format here. Details on the re-release follow.

"Ro is the lowest note on the shakuhachi, all finger holes closed. Ro is the root. Blowing the note Ro for 10 minutes to an hour a day is traditional training for shakuhachi players. Ro focuses breath, embouchure, timbre and listening.

Originally self released in 2003, Ro is a meditative, solitary work focused on achieving rich timbral expressions. Todd Barton, best known for his momentous collaboration with Ursula K. Le Guin in the 80s, and recently re-released in 2018, Music and Poetry of the Kesh, is a multi instrumentalist and master synthesist. He is a well known educator, teaching Buchla, Serge and Hordijk synthesizers to curious music students around the world. His online tutorials, talks and performances have millions of hits.

This re-release explores new territory not available in 2003. Thanks to Walker Farrell at Makenoise music, we are releasing a set of audio samples from Ro which can be downloaded for free at Anyone can access, edit and remix these clips. The samples will be available in Makenoise/Tom Erbe Morphagene format. More on that module at:

Ro will be released to all streaming outlets, on cassette and CD May 31st via Flying Moonlight.

released May 31, 2019"

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