SIZAGY excerpt from cassette recording of live solo performance of AEOLIAN DREAM / SIZAGY at the 5th Annual San Francisco Free Music Festival, Metropolitan Art Center.
10:03 excerpt    © Paul Kalbach 1980
    In 1972, I bought my first reel-to-reel  tape recorder and started experimenting with “Musique Concrète” and was immediately hooked.   I had an opportunity to play and record a Buchla Synthesizer belonging to Suzanne Ciani,  housed at the time in Francis  Coppola‘s Zoetrope Studio in San Francisco.  I was hooked even more.  I bought a dozen old language lab reel-to-reel machines from the State Educational Surplus Agency for $1 each and began putting together my own sound studio.  My first piece resulting from this was “Extraneous Static Refinement:  Phase III” which premiered on Pacifica Radio KPFA in 1973 when I was Guest Composer on Charles Amirkhanian’s Morning Concert show.
This demo contains excerpts from a variety of different pieces.
© Paul Kalbach 1972-2006
The setup for AEOLIAN DREAM included 12 reel-to-reel recorders along with the Buchla and a Horner Pianet. Six of them played pre-recorded aeolian (wind-powered) strings (guitars, sitar, ukelin), Tibetan horns, and a P.G. & E. gas meter.  I controlled their mix by a touch-sensitive capacitance keyboard.  The other six tape machines were used as a delay line for the output of the Buchla;  that is, the synthesizer output was recorded on the first tape recorder, then played back delayed as the tape passed through each playback head, pulled by the take-up reel of the last machine in the line.  This excerpt includes only the last 10 minutes (SIZAGY) of the 28 minute performance, which uses NO tapes or delay.
3:18 excerpt     © Paul Kalbach 1972
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    Shortly thereafter, I met Don Buchla, inventor of the Buchla Synthesizer, when he was having a garage sale while preparing to move to a different space.  I bought from him some un-stuffed circuit boards, some partially stuffed boards, some blank control panels, some modules that weren’t working and some that did work.  Some were prototypes;  no circuit board, just components soldered together like a spider web.  He even gave me some circuit diagrams.  This was old stuff;  some of it from the days of the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the 60’s.  I guess it was junk to Don, for he was moving on to designing ever
more esoteric systems.
    So I began to build my own Buchla;  building upon what I had gotten from Don, using recycled televisions for parts and the general refuse from western civilization.  For its’ main cabinet, I removed the TV from a Montgomery-Ward Home Entertainment Center -  it still has the turntable and amplifier.  Not knowing anything about electronics, the first thing I built, a power supply, immediately went up in smoke when I plugged it in.  I didn’t know that diodes were directional, so I learned by trial and error.