This video captures a Red Bull Music Academy lecture session with synthesizer pioneer Suzanne Ciani.
The hour+ discussion ranges from playing the Buchla modular synth to playing tennis with Don Buchla.
A true synthesizer pioneer, Suzanne Ciani’s love of electronic music began in 1968 during a field trip to MIT, but it was her decade-long adventure mastering the Buchla 200 that would define her career. She worked in commercials and in the late 80’s and 90’s redefined herself again as a five-time Grammy-nominated new age artist. In her 2016 Red Bull Music Academy lecture, she talked about her history as well as her recent collaborative effort with fellow Buchla player Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.
The Red Bull Music Academy is a global music institution committed to fostering creativity in music. We celebrate music, its culture, and the transformative minds behind it. Begun in 1998, the Academy has taken the core principles that underlie its annual workshop for selected participants and applied this curatorial approach to events, lectures, and city-wide festivals throughout the year.