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Saturday, May 19 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Instrument Designer: Joel Davel - Don Buchla’s Instruments

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Longtime Buchla Associate Joel Davel talks about Don Buchla’s design approach and the motivations behind them. Starting in the 1960’s, Don collaborated with composers, creating instruments capable of exploring a new electronic sonic palette, and then expanded the ideas into controllers that Don hoped would create new means of expression in live performance. We look at the history and development of the instruments plus demonstrate and talk some specifics about the novel technology used with the controllers.



Don Buchla was an inventor of the voltage-controlled transistorized modular electronic music instrument. The company Don started in 1963 to achieve that aim continued for decades as Don generated a steady stream of revolutionary electronic instruments and controllers. Don’s company... Read More →

Joel Davel

Joel Davel worked with Don Buchla for over 20 years in many roles--his primary task being the PCB designer for all of Buchla’s post-1995 designs including the Marimba Lumina, Lightning III, Moog Piano Bar, and all of the 200e series. Davel also performed alongside Don Buchla. Reviewing... Read More →

Saturday May 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Full Frame Theater