Every once in a while, I get obsessed with The Buchla world… It lasts a few weeks and then is passes … go figure…
This time it was about the techniques and setup of Suzanne Ciani. He she uses space modulations ho she uses interchangeable melodies. Her crazy setup, her MARF 248, the way she sends LPGs into other LPGs.
Thankfully, she is very generous about her techniques, she explains them in detail in many lectures. After hours of youtube conferences, pausing video to see where the cables are leading, and also finding the holy grail: her Buchla cookbook that she wrote in 1975 (she mention it a lot but I couldn’t find it on any forum, and finally it was on the official cultural organism website that curated it in the first place!)
So here is a patch inspired of her current setup (200e), that I programmed to play “improvisation on 4 sequences”.
Feel free to explore it, make it your own and post the result here!
Here are all the sources that led me to this:
The VCV patch to download:
Her many lectures:
Her 1975 Buchla cookbook:
Her system on modular grid:
There are some notes within the patch on how to perform it. Some other notes on my explorations creating this patch:
Ciani music is all about buchla … In VCV, Buchla is all about NYSTHI!
The 4 sequences are programmed on the Impromptu write seq 64, a good alternative to the Buchla Quad sequ voltage source 251e
The sequences are send into the 4to1 seq switch of the Buchla MARF 248 (what a monster!) which is replaced here by NYSTHI Squonk and ML seq switch.
The melodies and other channels of the squonk are send to the mighty Bidoo Acne, which replaces the Buchla router signal 210e
Ciani has two complex oscillator the 259e and the 261e. Both have a modulation oscillator which can be replaced by Bog audio LVCO. They also share a timbre section that can be replaced by Repelzen Refold. The main oscillator of the 259e is a customizable wavetable oscillator. Plaits does the trick in wavetable mode. The 261e is analog smooth variable waveshaping, and can be replaced by Fundamental VCO-2. (commercial alternative: Hora Pure VCO, with integrated wavefolder, sounds perfect!)
All is sent back in the Acne, and goes through a dual bandpass filter, and a net of lowpass gates controlled by some quad AD. NYSTHI easel series does the work.
Everything goes into two H9 multi-fx… my CPU can only afford two Mverb, but feel free to add any delay, flanger, waveshaper in the signal path.
Then everything goes back into the system interface model 227e, here replaced by the Nysthi quad panner…
The NYSTHI quad panner is so cool! I only have a stereo system, but I use the 3rd dimension for volume and it’s already really nice!
I’ll keep on investigate and post any news here, how about you post your own Ciani patching technique tricks here?