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Suzanne Ciani reflects on her life in waves


Newspaper NowToronto.com features a nice interview with Suzanne Ciani. Here she talks about her new album LIVE Quadraphonic, which is a recording of her first public performance on the Buchla in 40 years. “I feel this sense of gravitas that I am connected to Buchla, but also to an era when it was pure and exciting,” she says.

The interview goes like this:

“The 72-year-old composer is currently travelling the globe, bringing her music to appreciative audiences thanks to a recent critical reappraisal of her 40-plus-year career that’s rediscovered her groundbreaking contributions to the genre.

A new documentary about Ciani, A Life In Waves, screens before her show, outlining her significance and the lifelong journey it took for her work to be recognized.

Ciani’s known for using a Buchla 200, an analog modular synthesizer designed by inventor Don Buchla, whom she calls “the Leonardo da Vinci of electronic music design.” They met while she was pursuing her master’s degree in music composition at the University of California at Berkeley in the late 1960s.

“It was the late 60s, we were having a revolution,” she recalls. “Everything was topsy-turvy, upside down and changing. And that’s when I met Don.”

Read the complete interview here.