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Source Of Uncertainty: A Buchla Podcast 4U sourceofuncertainty

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A monthly podcast focused on Buchla electronic modular instruments.

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    • 1 min
    Episode 31: David Kean & The 260e

    Episode 31: David Kean & The 260e

    Welcome to episode 31 of Source Of Uncertainty. In this episode we got the opportunity to talk with David Kean about his time working, and being friends with Don Buchla. He commissioned a few modules (255, 297, 299) that eventually led to Don developing the 200e system. We then dig into the byproduct module that came from these commissions, the Duophonic Pitch Class Generator Model 260e.
     
    Show notes: 
    Hello: 0:00
    David Kean Interview: 22:00
    260e Exploration: 1:31:00
    Goodbye: 2:18:00
    For more information about David Kean’s Ondes Martenot recreation, the Ondea. Visit: https://www.ondesmartenot.com/ 
    Purchase Robert’s music at: https://robstand.com/ 
    Purchase Kyle’s music at: https://darksparkler.bandcamp.com/ 
    Listen and subscribe to Podular Modcast: https://podularmodcast.fireside.fm/
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    https://thedeerhorn.podbean.com/ 
    Listen and subscribe to Cosmic Tape Music Club podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cosmic-tape-music-club-hosted-by-the-galaxy-electric/id1550827261 
    Subscribe to Waveform Magazine: https://www.waveformmagazine.com/
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    Support the show and get access to exclusive videos and audio content through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sourceofuncertainty
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    • 2 hr 20 min
    Episode 30: Programmable Spectral Processor Model 296M

    Episode 30: Programmable Spectral Processor Model 296M

    Welcome to episode 30 of Source Of Uncertainty. In this episode we dig into the mighty and complex Programmable Spectral Processor Model 296. We were lucky enough to get our hands on a MEMS Project version of the module and did our best to put it through it’s paces.
    Show notes: 
    Hello: 0:00
    296M Feature Dive: 17:15
    Envelope Follower Outputs & Feedback Patching: 1:24:15
    Goodbye: 1:44:00
    For more information about the MEMS 296 go to: https://thebeast.co.uk/296m/ 
    Purchase Robert’s music at: https://robstand.com/ 
    Purchase Kyle’s music at: https://darksparkler.bandcamp.com/ 
    Listen and subscribe to Podular Modcast: https://podularmodcast.fireside.fm/
    Listen and subscribe to The Deerhorn podcast: 
    https://thedeerhorn.podbean.com/ 
    Listen and subscribe to Cosmic Tape Music Club podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cosmic-tape-music-club-hosted-by-the-galaxy-electric/id1550827261 
    Subscribe to Waveform Magazine: https://www.waveformmagazine.com/
    Get your source of uncertainty t-shirts at http://sourceofuncertainty.threadless.com/ 
    Support the show and get access to exclusive videos and audio content through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sourceofuncertainty
    Our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/SourceOfUncertainty 
    Find us on Instagram @sourceofuncertainty 
    Contact us at sourceofuncertainty.audio

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Artist Spotlight: Luca Manti

    Artist Spotlight: Luca Manti

    Our First Encounter                  
    L'incontro                                
    Cellule                       
    Il Suono Del Passato               
    Un Momento Di Silenzio         
    Staples                       
    Vicino  
    Creating these soundscapes, partly feels as navigating through some fictive offshore territories emerging from Buchla, populated with forms of vivid matter — as speculative lifeforms— interacting under our ears. While balancing discipline and letting-go, intention & contingency, I am half the conductor and half the spectator of this polyphonic life, which at times seems frictional or even riotous.
     
    Diverse layers of sound, at different scales (possibly echoing microscopic processes or at times drone-scapes miles above the ground), may be violently —yet organically— erupting, morphing, swelling, eroding, dispersing, colliding, or collapsing. Sometimes swarming exosolar metropolis, with their expressive “concrète” fauna come into existence, and occupy the space in unregulated ways. These compositions are also a textural exploration. In some pieces, you can hear these sonorous critters  inhabiting alien metropolis alternatively humming, buzzing, throbbing, whispering, hissing, roaring, creaking, rattling, etc.
     
    Although most of these pieces rely on samples, the original samples are warped, eroded, cut, squeezed and morphed in multiple ways, and quickly become illegible, alien. This disorientation is intended. Drifting away from the familiar & the terrestrial, with the aim to rewild our ears, minds and bodies through an exposure to a sonic otherness.

    • 37 min
    Episode 29: Mark Verbos - 262v & 263v

    Episode 29: Mark Verbos - 262v & 263v

    Welcome to episode 29 of Source Of Uncertainty. In this episode we talk to Mark Verbos from Verbos Electronics/Verbos & Associates about his decades long obsession with Buchla instruments. We also explore Mark’s Harmonic Oscillator and the Quantizer/Shift Register.
    Show notes: 
    Hello: 0:00
    Harmonic Oscillator: 28:45
    Quantizer/Shift Register: 56:00
    Mark Verbos Interview: 1:28:00
    Goodbye: 3:20:20Link to Buchla Brochure: https://i1.wp.com/120years.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Screenshot-2021-08-06-at-13.53.17.png?resize=660%2C857&ssl=1 
    For more information about Verbos Electronics go to: https://www.verboselectronics.com/ 
    Visit Mark’s Buchla blog at: https://buchlatech.blogspot.com/  
    Purchase Robert’s music at: https://robstand.com/ 
    Purchase Kyle’s music at: https://darksparkler.bandcamp.com/ 
    Listen and subscribe to Podular Modcast: https://podularmodcast.fireside.fm/
    Listen and subscribe to The Deerhorn podcast: https://thedeerhorn.podbean.com/ 
    Listen and subscribe to Cosmic Tape Music Club podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cosmic-tape-music-club-hosted-by-the-galaxy-electric/id1550827261 
    Subscribe to Waveform Magazine: https://www.waveformmagazine.com/
    Get your source of uncertainty t-shirts at http://sourceofuncertainty.threadless.com/ 
    Support the show and get access to exclusive videos and audio content through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sourceofuncertainty
    Our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/SourceOfUncertainty 
    Find us on Instagram @sourceofuncertainty
    Contact us at sourceofuncertainty.audio

    • 3 hr 22 min
    Artist Spotlight: Henrique Matias

    Artist Spotlight: Henrique Matias

    Hello, thanks for inviting me to participate on SoU, it's an honour to be part of it!
     
    In this mix I'm showcasing unreleased material I have almost exclusively performed on my 200e system, these jams illustrate some of the moods and sounds I'm looking for when making music on my own or collaborating with other artists here in London. 
     
    The first track is a recording i did after hours of meditation on a Buchla patch together with my friend Vince Morris, we spoke the bare minimum and kept slowly developing the patch for hours focusing on capturing the sound of each oscillator separately while giving each of the outputs a very  defined function in the landscape, it turns out more than one year after  this track is going to be pressed on 180g vinyl and released on Titrate Records ( and you can pre-order it on bandcamp) ! [ shameless promotion allowed? haha ]
     
    The second track is actually the first track I made using the 296e which I'm very happy to finally have with me - that's definitely the module that I have been dreaming about the most! I was very pleased with the saturation you can get from driving the inputs, not to mention feedbacking the comb out into itself... Really powerful module which surely will help me make the Buchla sound a lot more rude! The effects here are provided by the 2H9 made by the lovely peeps from Northern Light Modular - shout to Sascha who without a doubt is one of the biggest legends in the space, my system wouldn't be the same without all the technical support and advice from him.
     
    The third track ( starting at 31 minutes ) is a collaboration with my friend Steven McInerney who played some acoustic instruments and processed them on his eurorack and my friend Rin who played some mad electro-acoustic-ish instruments while i played the 250e...
     
    The following track was a very special jam I had the pleasure to record with my friend Adrian who I met online when studying his amazing open source granular ( definitely one of the most impressive granulars i ever seen ) and we ended up becoming best friends when he moved to London..
     
    Last but not least I have two drone-ish tracks, one of which is exploring two simple oscillators out of tune being heavily processed on the H9 and another one where I solely used the 259e ( and loads of verb and delay )!
     
    I hope you enjoy it!
    ps: To listen to some of my dj mixes and other tracks i have released check out my soundcloud

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

hlprmnky ,

Delightful and insightful even for non-Buchla users

A Buchla instrument is a hefty investment that not everyone can afford. Heck, I don’t own any Buchla synthesizers (…yet?) but I tune in every month to the Source of Uncertainty. What I get out of the show is a deep and insightful discussion of not just the gear itself, but the mindset and workflow - the “Buchlidean” nature of these tools and the people who make and use them - which can not only entertain but also inform any musical practice, from acoustic instruments, to iOS music production, to Eurorack …I’m sure folks who actually have a Skylab case or whatever maybe get _more_ out of this podcast, but I heartily recommend it to anyone who is interested in making music.

Mogiyesyoucan ,

Fascinating!!

Love this podcast! Please keep them coming!

MudgyPaws ,

Great format and super interesting.

Great pod on everything Buchla.

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