Daniel Barbiero writes about new Buchla modular synthesiser music by Carya Amara, Benge and Alessandro Cortini in his article The Buchla Electronic Music System & the Aesthetic of Imperfection’.
Sensitivity was built upon the sound of the Buchla modular synthesiser, recorded at EMS Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm, Sweden in June 2014. The album features both raw analogue and digitally transformed sounds which were combined to make music that goes beyond the Buchla’s constraints while still evoking its unique sonic character.
So here’s that new Carya Amara track, a cover version of ‘Overgrown’ by Quimper.
Hear the rest of the compilation at Bandcamp.com.
Carya Amara was in the line-up for A Whispered Shout: “an afternoon of contemporary and experimental music” in Croydon, UK, on Saturday, 3rd August 2013, along with fellow Earthrid Records musician Norah Lorway and four other diverse acts. This was a short set in a busy line-up, but included all-new live material plus visuals.
The sound from the speakers was disappointing but here’s a direct recording from the audio interface.
These recordings will end up on an album of bits and pieces before too long.
The closure of HAARP – the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) – has been reported by the (US) National Association for Amateur Radio (see this interesting report) and other sources. HAARP was the source of speculation, not least from conspiracy theorists, for its experiments with the ionosphere. It was often erroneously associated with the research of Nikolai Tesla.
Carya Amara’s retrospective of music from 1980 – 1991, Tales of the Unattractive, is now a free download via Bandcamp.
Synthesiser melodies, lo-fi experiments with record players and warped organ drones set the course for Carya Amara’s rejection of musical categories, and paved the way for the music in the companion volume, Extinction Frequency.
Featuring material recorded between 1992 and 1996, Extinction Frequency displays a progression from the more rhythmic material on the companion CD of earlier experiments, Tales of the Unattractive.
“maintains a ruthless and driving energy – as well as a sparkling clarity of sound” – Stone Gnome
“It has an easy, pop-culture humour with a tendency to taking a left-turn into the darker reaches” – The Violet Apple