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Donald "Don" Buchla
Buchla
(April 17, 1937 – September 14, 2016) was an American pioneer in the field of sound synthesizers, releasing his first units shortly after Robert Moog's first synthesizers. However, his instrument was arguably designed before Moog's.[1]

Contents

1 Biography 2 Death 3 Personal life 4 Products 5 References 6 External links

Biography[edit] Buchla
Buchla
was born in South Gate, California
South Gate, California
on April 17, 1937,[2] and grew up in California and New Jersey.[3][4] He studied physics, physiology, and music at UC Berkeley, graduating in 1959 as a physics major.[3] Buchla
Buchla
formed his electronic music equipment company, Buchla
Buchla
and Associates, in 1962 in Berkeley, California.[5] He was commissioned by composers Morton Subotnick
Morton Subotnick
and Ramon Sender, both of the San Francisco Tape Music
Music
Center, to create an electronic instrument for live performance.[3] Buchla
Buchla
began designing his first modules for the Tape Music
Music
Center in 1963.[citation needed] With partial funding from a Rockefeller Foundation
Rockefeller Foundation
grant made to the Tape Music
Music
Center, Buchla
Buchla
assembled his modules into the Buchla Modular Electronic Music
Music
System (later known as the Series 100), which he began selling commercially in 1966. Buchla's synthesizers experimented in control interfaces, such as touch-sensitive plates. In 1969 the Series 100 was briefly sold to CBS
CBS
Musical Instruments, who soon after dropped the line, not seeing the synthesizer market as a profitable area.[6] 1970 saw the release of the Buchla
Buchla
200 series Electric Music
Music
Box,[2] which was manufactured until 1985. Buchla
Buchla
created the Buchla
Buchla
Series 500, the first digitally controlled analog synthesizer, in 1971.[2] Shortly after, the Buchla
Buchla
Series 300 was released, which combined the Series 200 with microprocessors. The Music
Music
Easel, a small, portable, all-in-one synthesizer was released in 1972. The Buchla
Buchla
400, with a video display, was released in 1982. In 1987, Buchla
Buchla
released the fully MIDI
MIDI
enabled Buchla
Buchla
700.[7]

Buchla
Buchla
Series 100 (1963/1966–1969)

Beginning in the 1990s, Buchla
Buchla
began designing alternative MIDI controllers, such as the Thunder, Lightning, and Marimba Lumina. With the recent resurgence of interest in analog synthesizers Buchla
Buchla
has released a revamped 200 series called the 200e.[citation needed] In 2005, NIME-05 (5th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression), in Vancouver, Canada, featured a keynote lecture by Don Buchla. There was also a sizable exhibition of many of the instruments he and his team have created over the years.[8] In 2012, Buchla's intellectual property was acquired by an Australian holding company, Audio Supermarket, which started a new brand called Buchla
Buchla
Electronic Musical Instruments (BEMI). Mr. Buchla
Buchla
was retained as Chief Technology Officer.[citation needed] In 2015, it was reported[9] that Don Buchla
Buchla
had taken the owners of BEMI to court, citing health problems due in part to unpaid consulting fees and asserting a claim to his original intellectual property. The lawsuit alleged breach of contract and "bad-faith conduct" on the part of BEMI's owners and sought $500,000 in compensation.[10] Legal documents[11] filed with the state of California indicate that the court ordered the case to be settled by arbitration in July 2015. In August 2016, the court dismissed the case in light of the fact that the parties had reached an out-of-court settlement.[citation needed] Death[edit] Buchla
Buchla
died at the age of 79 on September 14, 2016 of complications from cancer in Berkeley, California.[12][13][14]

Personal life[edit] He was survived by his wife[15], a son, Ezra Buchla
Buchla
who is a musician, [14] daughters Jeannine Serbanich and Erin Buchla, and two grandchildren. Products[edit]

Products designs by Don Buchla

Sound System from the bus "Further", designed for Ken Kesey
Ken Kesey
and the Merry Pranksters
Merry Pranksters
[16]

Analog sequencers (bottom) on Buchla
Buchla
100 (1963/1966)

Buchla
Buchla
Music
Music
Easel (ca.1973) [17]

Model 250e Multiple Arbitrary Function Generator module

Model 260e Duophonic Pitch Class Generator module

Oberheim
Oberheim
OB-Mx (1994) designed by Don Buchla

Buchla
Buchla
PianoBar (2001);[18] also sold as Moog PianoBar (2003) [19]

Buchla
Buchla
200 (1970–1985)

Buchla
Buchla
200e
200e
(2004–)

References[edit]

^ "Don Buchla
Buchla
- Passing The Acid Test". Red Bull Music
Music
Academy. 2007.  ^ a b c Frank Hoffmann (November 12, 2004). Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound. Routledge. pp. 311–. ISBN 1-135-94949-2.  ^ a b c Pareles, Jon. "Don Buchla, Electronic Music
Music
Maverick, Dies at 79". New York Times. Retrieved September 18, 2016.  ^ Laurent de Wilde (March 23, 2016). Les fous du son. Grasset. pp. 186–. ISBN 978-2-246-85928-4.  ^ Jones, Kevin L. "Don Buchla, Influential Synthesizer
Synthesizer
Designer, Dead at 79". KQED. Retrieved September 18, 2016.  ^ Mark Vail. " Buchla
Buchla
Series 200". Keyboard magazine (Nov. 2005). Archived from the original on 2006-05-10.  ^ " Buchla
Buchla
Electronic Musical Instruments - Historical Overview". Buchla
Buchla
and Associates. Archived from the original on 2006-01-15.  ^ "May 26-28 2005 - Vancouver, Canada". nime.org. Retrieved February 11, 2018.  ^ "Don Buchla
Buchla
is taking the owners of his brand to court". 25 March 2015.  ^ " Buchla
Buchla
v. Buchla".  ^ " Buchla
Buchla
v. Buchla
Buchla
Electronic Musical Instrument, LLC et al". Justia Dockets & Filings.  ^ "Don Buchla, Inventor, Composer and Electronic Music
Music
Maverick, Dies at 79". The New York Times. September 19, 2016.  ^ " Modular synthesizer
Modular synthesizer
pioneer Don Buchla
Buchla
has died". factmag.com. Retrieved February 11, 2018.  ^ a b Dayal, Geeta (16 September 2016). "Don Buchla, modular synthesizer pioneer, dies aged 79". The Guardian.  ^ "Film about music pioneer Don Buchla
Buchla
in the works". 9 April 2013.  ^ " Buchla
Buchla
Ken Kesey". MATRIXSYNTH.  ^ "The Music
Music
Easel". Buchla
Buchla
& Associates. Archived from the original on 2010-07-31.  ^ "Collection Checklist". Cantos Music
Music
Foundation. Archived from the original on 2010-08-12.  ^ "Introducing the Moog PianoBar". Moog Music. Archived from the original on 2009-10-02. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Don Buchla, Buchla synthesizers and Buchla
Buchla
and Associates.

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Buchla
and Associates Audities Foundation Buchla
Buchla
instrument collection "Oral History: Don Buchla
Buchla
explains pieces of his life story and career." January 16, 2011. NAMM Oral History Library Instrumental Instruments: Buchla

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