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Queen B


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VicDiesel

 Genre: Ambient

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Just playing with some Buchla samples.

In the mid-1960s both Moog and Buchla made modular synthesizers. Moog got adopted by pop musicians, Buchla more by "serious" composers. For instance, you'll see lots of shots of Buchla synths that are lacking a keyboard. One of the classical Buchla compositions was Morton Subotnick's "Silver apples of the moon". For further reading http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buchla.

This uses the B-System samples from Puremagnetik.com; I've played everything myself -- the puremagnetik set has a bunch of loops which I didn't use -- and there are lots of delays involved, as well as BigSeq2.
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Uploaded: Dec 19, 2009 - 04:07:21 PM
Last Updated: Dec 20, 2009 - 07:41:32 PM Last Played: Aug 10, 2017 - 07:19:34 PM
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Feter said 2832 days ago (December 19th, 2009)
Queen B
Its a delight to me to listen to this instrument
that I never saw ..just samples now I m listening
to a full piece of it ..wonderful imagination
sphere here ...kind of a new era and fusion here
with the electro sound ...wonderful ..thnx alot
for sharin !!!!
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sonnyjim said 2832 days ago (December 19th, 2009)
Buchla
A very informative post! I'm a big fan of early electronics, but I was pretty much completely uninformed about Buchla. Interesting to read that Morton Subotnick (renamed 'Morton Subtonic' during one memorably inebriated college discussion) had a hand in the whole affair.
Your song chugs along with suitably additive changes, and I like all the sounds. The production is VERY good (everything in its proper place!). This is fine music for repetitive tasks: unprepossessing enough to be ignored when necessary, but rewarding enough for active listeners as well.


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Reinholt56 said 2832 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
Hi Vic......
I really enjoyed listening to this track and the way that you have put the mix together. The build up was superb.

I'm now going to do some Googling on the Buchla to find out about it.

Take care.

Paul
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Skean said 2832 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
I had to
GOGGLE so now I know what it is.
Cool old synth, and it's so relaxing to listen on your work here.
Some history I found: http://www.buchla.com/historical.html
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Fioretti said 2831 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
queen b
I love this. Great synth sounds...very thick and with all the delay the sound just envelops you. It stays interesting throughout as well. And a nice history lesson too! Nice work.
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crissew said 2831 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
Very cool synth tones
Thanks for posting, enjoyed it. The info you gave about Buchla was interesting, never heard of it before. Interesting.
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jiguma said 2831 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
Glimpses
of "Daytripper" and "Baba O'Reilly" woven into this - or maybe it was the mushrooms I had for lunch :)
Very interesting sounds Vic - no nits, just enjoyment.
N
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ConnieO said 2831 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
Wow!
This brings back memories! I'll have to read all about it. I remember taking a computer music course in college in the mid-70's. The computer was so big it scared me out of the room and I dropped the class...stupid of me!
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VicDiesel said 2831 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
School
I wish my school had been that cool. Now I look at those modular synths with all their cables and think "software, here I come!".
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Ex_Silentio said 2831 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
B good
I hate to use the word "interesting" in comments, so I won't. Ooops. Dammit. Well, this is great once it takes off after 3:00 or so. Loved the big sound of it. There's one note in there that's kinda weird, but OK. Much enjoyed.
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VicDiesel said 2831 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
Weird notes
Most of the piece is in G myxolydian (white keys only), but in the second solo melody there is an F#. Maybe that's it. There can be other crunchy notes too.

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Moses said 2831 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
Queen B
Not really a genre I am familiar with, but nonetheless some really interesting sounds in this piece. Has a very fluid/flowing feeling to it. I wouldn't know where to begin writing something like this =/
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Parichayaka said 2831 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
Intriguing
Never heard about Buchla before and didn't know what to expect - what a pleasant surprise though. The repeated melody, slow progression and transition in the last third of this track are all quite fascinating. I find it interesting how even a dated synth sound can be so interesting and satisfying when it is presented in a new light. Having the talent to dive into almost any genre and bring out an original, perfectly enjoyable track with just about any instrument helps of course:)
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DWL said 2831 days ago (December 21st, 2009)
Fascinating stuff
An interesting story and an interesting use of the sounds.

Builds nicely

Cheers

Dick
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Ed Hannifin said 2831 days ago (December 21st, 2009)
Really interesting tones, Vic....
...I know nothing about synths, but this is one of those cases when the tones themselves command some interest....

And after the tones comes the slow evolution of the piece itself.... I find myself thinking that I'll appreciate it a whole different way when I turn it down, say in the office, and let it be just on the edge of my conscious attention....

Ed
VicDiesel said 2831 days ago (December 21st, 2009)
Dream away
Yes, there is a lot of repetition going on. I have no problem with you letting it target the lower layers of consciousness, rather than the intellectual/esthetic level.

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Ibstrat said 2831 days ago (December 21st, 2009)
Great
sounds on this- also fun to jam on w/guitar!
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kayakanu said 2830 days ago (December 21st, 2009)
YUP!!
Sounded brilliant on my system!
Great work matey.
:)
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Char said 2830 days ago (December 21st, 2009)
It
sounded like I imagine music or voices might sound on an alien world. You put it together so it kept getting more complex. It is a big band sound all morphed by a space time shift. Unique. Thanks.
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magnatone said 2829 days ago (December 22nd, 2009)
Queen B
this really IS fascinating Vic! wonderful build - you've got such a touch!
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Doug Somers said 2828 days ago (December 23rd, 2009)
You build a structure in this which
goes from the intimate and personal to the huge and dynamic - lots of colour, movement, shimmer over undulating waves of deep purple blue. I was delighted by the creative turns that always ensured this would not develop as I thought, which let surprise and wonder guide the listening.

It's great to know that synth music has not been exhausted, especially when the instruments are older and have already made a generation of music.

Nice work Vic!

Be well,
Doug
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Cameron said 2797 days ago (January 23rd, 2010)
You are so prolific!
I'm finally listening to an accumulation of email notifications of MJ songs in my Inbox over the past few months, and your name appears more than any of the others. Your musical output is amazing in both its number and its variety.

The combination of repetition, minimalism with a wide range of sounds works really well here. This is quite meditative, but in an "energetic" way if you know what I mean.
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VicDiesel said 2797 days ago (January 23rd, 2010)
thanks for commentin
This tune pleases me. It was not intended to be terribly serious, but I like the way it came out. Glad you like it too.
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oldlibmike said 2375 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Wow
Thanks for the song and the link to the Buchla samples! I just finished reading "Analog Days" and bought Subotnick's CD. Some amazing stuff. I love how you layered it in here. I suspect a "virtual Buchla" is something too much to hope for - it seems to be far too complex a synth to model well. This was very cool - I will have to check out more of your work.

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VicDiesel said 2375 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
Analog days
I read that book too. It was my first encounter with Buchla, and while I would never shell out the money for one (have you looked up his prices? Outrageous) I like the character of the sounds.

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