September 13 street date. Configurations is the Important Records debut by Shasta Cults, the music project of Canadian synthesizer technician Richard Smith. Configurations consists of eight programs captured live to multi-track using a rare, fully functional Buchla 700 digital-hybrid instrument designed in the late 1980s. Recorded in 2017, employing the processes of non-linear wave shaping, frequency modulation, and feedback. RIYL: Eleh, Sarah Davachi.
December 6 street date. Shasta Cults is the musical project of Canadian electronics technician Richard Smith . For almost two decades, Smith was the official Buchla & Associates go-to repair person for studios, collectors, and musicians around the world, having worked with artists like Aphex Twin , Suzanne Ciani , Mort Subotnick , and institutions like NYU, The Library of Congress, and Mills College in Oakland, California. Recording demonstrations of the rare equipment that found its way on to his workbench is how Smith describes the origins of Shasta Cults. Recorded over the span of three months in the fall of 2018, this self-titled album was programmed solely on the only fully-functional Buchla Touché. Developed in the early 1980s with hardware by Don Buchla and software programmed by musician David Rosenboom , the Touché features waveforms generated internally by twenty-four digital oscillators using frequency modulation and sophisticated digital and analog signal processing for timbre and output assignment, all of this controlled via a six-octave black and white keyboard, unusual for a Buchla instrument. Put on some headphones, find a comfortable chair, and let this LP transport you to the mystifying southern cascades of Siskiyou County. Manufactured at RTI and cut by John Golden .