A few weeks ago, while taking a look at the ARP Odyssey, I came across the Bright Sparks documentary. I finally got around to purchasing it and have been working my way through the chapters bit by bit. The picture above is shown in the Buchla section, and I haven’t since been able to get its playfulness and charm out of my head.
A quick image search led me to Todd Barton’s website, where it turns out he has recently put together a series of video tutorials based on Allen Strange’s 1974 user manual for the Buchla Music Easel, from which the picture is taken.1 A synthesizer manual like no other! And a look at the Buchla website, where I’ve also noticed the weasel lounging about, led me to a PDF of the 2013 2nd Edition of that manual.
The same Allen Strange that wrote the extensive Electronic Music Systems, Techniques, And Controls, available at Archive.org. ↩