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Richard Smith Bio
As an apprentice with Donald Buchla at Buchla & Associates (Berkeley, California), Rick immersed himself in the philosophy and history of instrument design, while also learning how to manufacture, and market the most sought-after electronic instruments in the world.
To further hone his diagnostic, repair, and restoration skills, Rick worked with John Leimseider at the National Music Center (formally Cantos Music Foundation) to maintain and preserve the Center’s impressive collection of rare electronic instruments, from the Novachord (an early tube-based synthesizer) to the sophisticated Waldorf Wave.
Over the last decade, Rick has amassed one of the most complete collections of Buchla electronics and documentation in the world. He is recognized as an authority on all things Buchla, and has contributed to Keyboard Magazine, Vintage Synth Explorer, the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and has lectured on Buchla history and performance techniques at the University of Victoria.
When the calibrations are complete, you will find Rick casting dense drones, and sonic chatter in the band Von Bingen or performing live visuals as 480i.
|Restoration Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/45430902@N07/
Buchla Sounds: http://soundcloud.com/ava76