New Album, Sunergy, Brings Together Synthesists Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith + Suzanne Ciani

sunergyLabel 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:

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Suzanne Ciani’s Sunergy will be released on September 16, 2016 on LP, CD, and digital formats via Bandcamp and the RVNG site.

13 thoughts on “New Album, Sunergy, Brings Together Synthesists Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith + Suzanne Ciani

  1. Awesome.
    Had the feeling I heard it somewhere before, now I realize I did: the sounds of nature and surroundings, giving rise to musical phrases.
    Didn”t know Kaitlyn before, but she sure brings out the best in Suzanne.
    How much time till September?

  2. how appropriate this quote came up on the side

    Random Quote

    Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
    — Ludwig van Beethoven

  3. I saw Kaitlyn live in NJ a couple of months back and she was awesome. This is going to be a great collab. I hope this leads to more music from them both. One of these days I’ll build myself a Buchla clone as they are so flippin expensive.

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