Buchla And Associates
Don Buchla formed his electronic music equipment company, Buchla and Associates, in 1962 in Berkeley, California. Buchla was commissioned by composers Morton Subotnick and Ramon Sender, both of the San Francisco Tape Music Center, to create an electronic instrument for live performance. Buchla began designing his first modules for the Tape Music Center in 1963. Buchla assembled his modules into the Buchla Modular Electronic Music System (later known as the Series 100), and a subsequent synthesizer series from the 200 Electric Music Box thru to the MIDI enabled 700 which implemented voltage control interfaces, such as touch-sensitive plates and later evolved into actual MIDI controllers such as the Thunder, Lightning , and Marimba Lumina. With the recent decade long resurgence of interest in analog synthesizers Buchla released a revamped 200 series called the 200e in the mid 2000s.