In light of BEMI and its re-visioned Music Easel it's instructive to hear/see Charles Cohen on his vintage model, one of only fourteen originally produced by Don Buchla. If BEMI ever gets it's act together enough to warrant purchase, this is the place to start your Easel education. The instrument's name implies a painterly approach that to me suggests gesture, tonal color, rhythmic pileups, process, and accident over any "musical" concerns.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Brother project w/o vertices visited yesterday to check out the latest incarnation of my studio, and in the process demonstrated some of the finer points of sequence disfiguring on my Buchla 200e. His insights on the 250e proved an invaluable addition to my "accident is all" working process. Thanks, J.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Before becoming a luthier of note Rick Turner was part of the group Autosalvage, whose one and only album (AUTOSALVAGE, 1968) is certainly an unheard classic of the psychedelic era. He honed his craft working for Alembic, a company that supplied guitars and basses to the likes of Jack Cassidy of Jefferson Airplane and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, both noted for their melodic and dazzlingly creative bass sounds. The Model 1's overall design seems somewhat influenced by the Kay Model K162 hollow body bass (1957, the first commercially available hollow body electric bass), although the Model 1 is a solid body, has of an arched top and a truss rod). It seems both an exquisitely beautiful modern instrument and a dramatic re-fleshing of a vintage ethos.