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Thursday, May 19 • 10:00am - 8:00pm
Celebrating the Work of Don Buchla: From the Collection of Richard Smith

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Don Buchla is an American pioneer in the field of sound synthesis. A contemporary of Bob Moog, Buchla designed and sold Modular synthesizers starting in 1963.

Richard Smith, an electronics technician and musician with over fifteen years of experience in the restoration of historic high-end systems by Buchla, Moog, ARP, and EMS, has amassed the world’s most complete collection of electronic instruments ever assembled by designer Don Buchla, comprised of discrete instruments as well as prototypes, historical photographs, brochures and support documentation spanning 1965 to 2005. Moogfest celebrates the work and legacy of Don Buchla with an exhibition curated from the collections of Richard Smith, Suzanne Ciani, Kurt Kurasaki, and Switched On, featuring rare Buchla devices and ephemera spanning over 50 years.

Presented by Red Bull Music Academy.

Richard Smith, along with Alessandro Cortini, Morton Subotnik, Sarah Davachi, and Suzanne Ciani, honor Don Buchla in a very special concert at 3:45pm on Friday, May 20th at the Durham Arts Council PSI Theatre.

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Richard Smith

Richard Smith is an electronics technician and musician with over fifteen years of experience in the restoration of historic high-end systems by Buchla, Moog, ARP, and EMS. His clients include some of the most influential electronic artists of the last fifty years, musicians such as Morton Subotnick, Suzanne Ciani, Aphex Twin, and The Chemical Brothers, as well as respected institutions such as Mills College, New York University, and the... Read More →

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Instrument Innovators

Since the first humans stood upright, people have been compelled to make sounds and compose them into rhythm and song. Humanity progresses, societies evolve, and expressions, representations, and tastes shift wildly, but the drive to make tools that produce music has, and will always, permeate all cultures. Once instrument builders first began to harness electronic technologies into new possibilities for instrument design, the... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00am - 8:00pm
Durham Arts Council Foyer 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701

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