It’s a sad day for synth fans.
It’s recently come to light that Don Buchla, creator of the defining instrument of the West Coast school of synthesis, died on Friday at age 79. Buchla’s synthesizers have had a major impact on electronic music since the introduction of the Buchla Series 100 in the mid-’60s. They’re unearthly sounds have featured prominently on works by such legendary gurus as Morton Subotnick, Pauline Oliveros, Suzanne Ciana and, more recently, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. As people who’ve enjoyed the sounds he’s created, our hearts go out to the Buchla family. Rest in peace, Don.