Suzanne Ciani Reveals Her Buchla Quadrophonic Synth Performance Tips

Join Loopop in this interview and live performance video for examples of how pioneering synth performer Suzanne Ciani uses her Buchla system for groundbreaking live shows  

Tireless synth enthusiast and friend of Ask.Audio, Loopop, has released another video for all you synth heads out there and this time it's a little different. In this one, he talks to electronic musician Suzanne Ciani about her career, music but mainly about how she performs quadrophonically in her live shows using her Buchla synths. Here's what Loopop says about this video, which you can watch below.  

"Suzanne Ciani is an electronic music pioneer, composer, sound designer responsible for iconic sounds in commercials and video games, AND not only a pioneer but someone who is still leading the pack today with amazing modular performances." 

"But what you won't get to really know about Suzanne's performance until you attend one of her concerts is that all her shows are strictly quadraphonic, and the experience is amazing. 

That experience can be recreated in the studio, so I set out to create series of videos about creating quadraphonic music and performance. 

Here's Part 1 of that series - a master class with Suzanne Ciani. Suzanne's gear of choice for quadraphonic is a Buchla system, which is rare and expensive. In Part 2 I'll show how you can get similar results with any DAW, a few things that are unique to Ableton Live, and, if you're into Eurorack, a few ways to perform quadraphonically with standard and specialized modules."

0:00 Intro
1:30 History of Quad
3:30 Venues
4:30 Quad vs 5.1
6:30 Minding space
9:50 Using 227e
13:00 Reverb
14:30 Swirl control
15:50 Multiple motions
19:00 Illusionary space
19:40 Effects (H9)
25:40 Too much motion?
27:00 Some snippets
35:40 Decoding Quad 

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Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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