In this video, Reverb Associate Editor Fess Grandiose talks with electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani.
Ciani has been associated with Buchla for five decades. In the early 1970s, she met Don Buchla and worked for him as a soldering technician, and that’s where she discovered her love for analog synthesis. Within a few years, she became one of the leading synthesists using Buchla systems, for live performance, recording and commercial sound design.
In the interview, Ciani discusses her current Buchla system, some of the pros and cons of 200e modules vs the original 200 series modules, how she uses iPads and Eventide H9s in her performances, the importance of quadraphonic sounds and more.
The interview is especially topical because of Buchla’s recent introduction of 200t modules for Eurorack, and their reissues of the original 200 series designs. Ciani discusses her preference for some of the original ’70s Buchla 200 series designs over the more recent 200e designs.