Here’s what he has to say about Rebisus:
Presented here are five new pieces of music exploring the relationship between an electronic system of some complexity (details below) and simple pulse based compositions. The various instruments were set up in such a way as to be considered one large interactive system and the individual pieces were thereby ‘grown’ or allowed to form naturally.
Gary Numan talks about his influences, especially John Foxx & Ultravox, in the amazing Benge Studios.
Synthesist Benge has released a new all-Buchla album, Harmuna.
Harmuna is intended as a companion piece to the previous work by Benge entitled Abstraxa. The five compositions featured on Harmuna were similarly realised on the Buchla modular synthesiser.
Here’s what Benge has to say about the new album:
If Abstraxa was an exploration of the distant reaches of the sound universe, Harmuna is a journey in the opposite direction, inverting the mind?s eye and exploring the infinite space within
The Synthesiser was set up in such a way that harmonious tone-waves were layered upon themselves and rhythmic patterns built up to form the various pieces. The resulting tone poems can be experienced in various ways, for example as meditative deep-listening (i.e. with headphones) or in the background to serve as an ambient aural setting
You can preview Harmuna below.
Sunday Synth Jam: Ever wonder what a synth jam in an earthquake would look like?
It might look something like this niced chilled synth jam, via zackdagoba, which features the Moog Modular, ARP 2500, Roland Juno 60 and Yamaha CS-80 of Benge Studios in action.
No vintage analog gear was harmed in the making of this synth jam!
British synthesist Ben Edwards, aka Benge, has released a new album featuring the Buchla Electronic Music Box, Abstraxa.
Like the tracks on his earlier album 20 Systems, Abstraxa is an exploration and sonic portrait of a particular synthesizer – the Buchla 200e.
Here’s what Edwards has to say about the album:
The six compositions featured on Abstraxa were realised on a Buchla modular synthesiser. Donald Buchla began makng electronic musical instruments in 1963, developing the first Buchla 100 series systems in conjunction with the San Francisco Tape Music Center. These first inventions coincided with the development of Robert Moog’s 900 Series modular systems over on the west coast of america, and as such belong to the very first generation of commercially available synthesisers. One intersting aspect is that Don Buchla is still developing and manufacturing his modular systems, using the same module format (now 200e series) that he introduced 50 years ago. The current 200e modules utilise a combination of analogue and digital components
The Buchla has a very unique way of producing sound, using electronic voltages to control the sound sources (oscillators and noise generators), sound modifiers (gates, filters, phase shifters, modulators, etc) and event timing generators (sequencers, random sources, pulse generators, etc). Systems can be built up from the available modules to suit the needs of the composer. The power of the system lies in the inter-modulation capabilities. This means that extremely deep patches can be set up with a myriad of connections interacting together in complex ways to produce evolving and self-generating soundscapes. It is analogous to working with a living organism as opposed to a static machine, a brain rather than a computer
The pieces presented here were recorded to tape using overdubbing in places. Additional reverberation and delay lines were also incorporated into the system.
Abstraxa is available on Bandcamp.