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.