Category Archives: Music History

Synths for Lunch 11/28/17 (Words of Wisdom from Jean-Michel Jarre)

Jean-Michel speaks on musical creativity and technology from his studio in Paris. This is from a recent Erica Synths Garage Series and includes a short modular jam as well.

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Simply Saucer (live at Entropy Studios 2016)

Simply Saucer are a legendary proto-punk band from Hamilton, Ontario. Lo-fi Garage and Krautrock influences are prevalent in their unique sound, which they very much make their own. If you’ve never heard or heard of them, check out the 1989 release Cyborgs Revisited which contains material from 1974 and some live stuff from 1975, though it sounds like it’s from another time.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable set to watch. At least 2 of the original members are playing in the current line up, featuring Edgar Breau, and I’m glad to say, it looks as if they’ve been quite active as of late. It’s cool to see these weird toons kept alive and I’d love to see them if they ever make it out of the Rust Belt.

For some further exploration, check out this recent interview with Jesse Locke (he also plays drums in the above set) who wrote a bio on the band called “Heavy Metalloid Music: The Story of Simply Saucer.


 

Adolescents/Wasted Youth (Coconut Teaszer West Hollywood 1989)

Enjoy this beautiful chaos. It’s a wonder the bands got through this show. This footage puts you on the stage with the bands as they navigate crowds of rowdy fans pushing up on the stage and the security crew with their backs to the band to protect them and gear from getting trashed. Many stoppages and busted mics but the show went on and looked like blast. Skate rock at it’s best!

ADOLESCENTS

WASTED YOUTH

visit Louis Elovitz on Vimeo for many more of these old school live shows from LA.

Susanne Ciani at The Berkeley Museum

Hippie Modernism

As promised in my previous post, here is a follow up with some coverage of Susanne Ciani’s appearance at The Berkeley Museum a week after the main festival of performances celebrating the work of Don Buchla. This was a sort of auxiliary set and also coincided with the ‘Hippie Modernism’ exhibit that runs through May 21st.

I met up with my friend Eric M. and the brilliant folks behind RE-search Pubs V.Vale and Marian to experience this special event.

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Eager fans down in front

Susanne came out and took in the crowd which had an obvious overwhelming effect on her as she was back ‘home’ in Berkeley again where she originally worked with Don Buchla back in the early days of her discovery of synthesized music. She had an emotional response which set the mood for the event and made it that much more special. She spoke a bit about meeting Don and how he influenced and affected her whole approach and philosophy about music making and perhaps maybe a bit about life in general.

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Susanne talks a bit about Don Buchla
Ciani's Buchla
Susanne’s Buchla
Ciani at work
Susanne at work

Something happened during her set as well, it was that feeling you get when someone hits you with a really personal and emotional performance, which usually only happens in a conventional music scenario involving perhaps heavy lyrics or a soul wrenching melody. I’ve never gotten that from a synthesizer set and I realized the same thing happened during her set the previous weekend, I just didn’t really acknowledge it until it happened again, the hair raising on my arms etc. I told her as much afterwards and she almost cried right there! It was an amazing connection.

Enjoy her full set here:

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Limited program print signed by Ciani

See my previous post for more from Susanne as well as additional footage from The Don Buchla Memorial Shows