Two French composers pay homage to one of the first modular synthesizers.
French label Versatile Records has released the fruits of a unique collaboration between Jonathan Fitoussi and Clemens Hourrière. Five Steps is an album of minimalist electronic music composed entirely using the Buchla 200 synthesizer, one of the first modular machines.
The album emerged after the pair were invited to hold a week-long residency at EMS Stockholm. According to the label, they “imagined each piece as part of a film track. Using certain sound ideas and talented tinkering, the work is somewhat mimimalist, and offers different moods, corresponding with different times of the day and the city of Stockholm.”
Five Steps is out now on vinyl only, and you can order it via Bandcamp. Stream previews below.
You can also browse photos and videos of the project.
For more on classic synthesizers, read our round up of the greatest electronic albums of the 1950s and 1960s.