Label RVNG Intl. has announced a new album, Sunergy, that brings together synthesists Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Suzanne Ciani. It is the thirteenth installment of FRKWYS, the label’s intergenerational collaboration series.
Smith and Ciani are neighbors in the small coastal community of Bolinas, California. The two are friends, and share a passion for the Buchla synthesizer.
The music of Sunergy embraces this kinship, Ciani plays the Buchla 200e and Smith the Buchla Music Easel.
Sunergy was recorded in the Bolinas home where Ciani has lived for the last twenty-four years. Her living room overlooks the Pacific Ocean from a cliffside perch, creating an idyllic, inspired setting for music making. Setting up their synths side-by-side, Ciani and Smith took turns keeping time and freely improvising for the album sessions.
As a complete piece, Sunergy is shaped by slow, pulsing forms and sinuous, melodic sequences that conjure both an oceanic world and the unlimited sound made possible by modular processing.
You can preview a track from Sunergy, Closed Circuit, below: