There are few people past or present that know the intricacies of modular synthesis like Suzanne Ciani. Right up to the modern day, Ciani’s approach to playing synthesizer (in particular the Buchla) remains unique in terms of its unbelievable precision and novel sound design—and also the sense of play and spontaneity that she brought to an instrument as dense as the modular.
But have you ever wondered which fellow synthesists a legend like Ciani listens to? Well, with this sublime mix recorded for NTS’ “The Synth Hero Show”, you can find out. Her mix features one full hour of voltage-controlled bliss from the likes of Anna Caragnano & Donato Dozzy, Demdike Stare, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Jonathon Fitoussi.
Read an inspiring conversation between Suzanne Ciani and Donato Dozzy here. Watch a vintage TV clip of her explaining how synthesis works here. And then listen to her alongside a range of other female synthesists in this mix here.