New Quadraphonic Vinyl Release From Suzanne Ciani, ‘Improvisation On Four Sequences Live At Festival Antigel’

Electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani has announced a new album that captures a recent immersive Buchla modular synth live performance.

Ciani says that she’s “Ecstatic to announce the quadraphonic vinyl release of Improvisation on Four Sequences Live at Festival Antigel, on my label Atmospheric. This is the first release on Atmospheric in 25 years.”

Improvisation on Four Sequences was performed live in quadraphonic sound on the Buchla 200e and the iPad music app Animoog at Festival Antigel in Geneva, Switzerland on January 25th, 2020.

Suzanne Ciani

“I didn’t know at the time that concert touring would disappear and that a pandemic would suddenly end my live Buchla performance era that had had a resurgence in 2016,” explains Ciani. “For those years, I flew around the world, toting my Buchla 200e in checked baggage and prayed that it would survive the trip: Melbourne, Tokyo, London, Santiago, New York.”

“On and on until this year, when the world changed,” she adds. “So now, I have the time to release some of these quadraphonic performances.”

Ciani knows that quad vinyl isn’t the most practical medium for many listeners, so she’s making the music available in several formats, including quadraphonic, 5.1, stereo and ambisonic.; all at 44.1 and 88.2.

The vinyl release is specially encoded to be played back in quadraphonic sound and is also stereo compatible. Digital versions are available via Bandcamp.

2 thoughts on “New Quadraphonic Vinyl Release From Suzanne Ciani, ‘Improvisation On Four Sequences Live At Festival Antigel’

  1. Wonderful.

    Would love to read an article here about how they encoded the vinyl to work on quad systems. Does that half the bandwidth? Run at double speed? Nerd questions abound.

    Would also love to see a digital release that was four discreet streams so that those of us without fancy quad systems might try to fashion our own ala Zaireeka.

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