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New Owner, Name For Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments

Buchla U.S.A. has purchased historic synthesizer company Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments.

The company, originally founded by Don Buchla in the mid-1960s (as Buchla and Associates), is under new management and now headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and headed by CEO Eric Fox.

The new company will continue to create “unique, expressive, and iconic” electronic performance instruments and controllers, with a focus on the 50+ year legacy of the late Don Buchla (pictured at the 2010 NAMM Show).

Buchla U.S.A.’s lead design and engineering is being carried out by Joel Davel, who worked with Don for over 20 years. Production of the majority of Buchla modules is being handled by Dave Reilly, who was hand-picked by Don to manufacture Buchla products.

Buchla U.S.A.’s focus on Don Buchla and his legacy will see Davel and Reilly more involved, and their contributions to Don’s legacy celebrated.  Both design and production work are located in the San Francisco bay area, as they were in the 1960s.

By listening to the needs of composers at the San Francisco Tape Music Center, Don Buchla created one of the first modular voltage-controlled synthesizers in the mid-1960s. His innovative and seminal musical instruments have inspired composers and listeners alike for over 50 years.

“I am really excited about telling the story of Don [Buchla], and working closely with Joel and Dave to develop new products in the spirit of Don… and even revisiting/reimagining some of his designs that never actually made it out into the wild!” said Buchla U.S.A. CEO Eric Fox. “I hope to involve as many of the artists and people that inspired Don as possible, moving forward. We owe it to him and the generations of new users to give them a sense of what he was all about.”

Buchla U.S.A. says that it is “committed to the continued production of high-quality historic synthesis/performance technology, a focus on and celebration of Don Buchla’s legacy, and meeting the needs of Buchla customers.”