Don Buchla Memorial Concerts

Join the convergence for a two night festival in celebration and remembrance of electronic music and design pioneer Don Buchla! Presented by Recombinant Media Labs, Buchla & Associates, Gray Area and Obscura Digital.

Saturday Night Concert:
Doors: 7:00pm

Morton Subotnick
David Rosenboom
Richard Devine
Laetitia Sonami
Marielle V. Jakobsons
Bob Ostertag
Thomas Dimuzio
Maggi Payne
Laurie Spiegel (Tape Music - Premiere)
George Lewis (Tape Music distilled)

Sunday Night Concert:
Doors: 7:00pm

Alessandro Cortini
Keith Fullerton Whitman
Suzanne Ciani
Curtis Roads
Antimatter (Xopher Davidson)
Jessica Rylan
Ami Radunskaya
Layne (Rachel Aiello)

Saturday Afternoon Programming:

Brutal Sound Effects #82 - 1:00pm-2:00pm
Amma Ateria
Spider Compass Good Crime Band
Sharmi Basu & Adam Hirsch Duo
Tonal Grace

Impromptu Concerts 2:30- 3:30 pm

Peter Blasser
James Fei
Loachfillet and Professor Cantaloupe Duo
Ezra Buchla (Tape-work)
SYRNX (Tape-work)

San Francisco Tape Music Festival Collective 3:30 pm-4:30pm

Diffusions of tape-works by:

Sarah Davachi
Carl Stone
Zeena Parkins
More to be announced..

Don Buchla Memorial Panel Discussion #1 - 4:30pm-5:45pm

Morton Subotnick
Ramon Sender
Alessandro Cortini
David Rosenboom
Moderated by Geeta Dayal

Sunday Afternoon Programming:

Film Clips and Rare Footage from the Don Buchla Movie in progress by Clarity Films 1:00pm-1:30pm

San Francisco Tape Music Festival Collective - 1:30pm-3:00pm

Diffusions of tape-works by:

Don Buchla
Warner Jepson
Pauline Oliveros
Bill Maginnis
More to be announced..

Don Buchla Memorial Panel Discussion #2 - 3:00pm-4:30pm

Dave Smith
Roger Linn
Keith McMillen
Jessica Rylan

Joel Davel and the Circus of Associates - 4:30pm-6:00pm

Featuring Peter Apfelbaum and appearances by
Amy X Neuburg, Brian Rice, Karl Sevareid and Claudine Naganuma
Plus: Todd Barton and Bruce Bayard
Mark Vail and David Battino
Stephen Ruppenthal and Brian Belet
Alex Vittum
Charles Seeholzer

Advance Tickets:

Weekend Pass - All day and night events (online pre-sale only) $45.
All Day Pass - Saturday or Sunday (online pre-sale only) $33 each.
Evening Pass - Saturday or Sunday $25 presale, $30 Door each.
Afternoon Pass - Saturday or Sunday $10 presale, $12 Door each.
Student Discount - All Day Pass (Saturday or Sunday) honored with Student ID at the door. $20 each.

*Weekend Pass & All Day Pass available online only.


Recombinant Media Labs

Recombinant Media Labs (RML) was founded in 1991 by Naut Humon, and further evolved by technical directors Vance Galloway and Barry Threw, along with artists Edwin van der Heide, Egbert Mittelstadt, and Li Alin. Qualified support from Obscura Digital, UCSD, ICAS, Gray Area, and Goldsmith's University, London, has expanded the base. It continues to research the qualities and artistic potential of spatial envelopment by means of Experiential Engineering; exploring processes that expand the aesthetic and technological boundaries of panoramic installations, surround cinema, and multichannel AV performances. Recombinant Media Labs emerged from a series of experiments that started over two decades ago with the Sound Traffic Control tower of televisions amidst hundreds of speaker arrays in Tokyo's Ginza district. After a number of years of blending live vs. programmed events of symphonic scale and substance, RML and Asphodel, a bi-coastal independent record label, joined forces to occupy two fixed-location warehouses in the bay area in California to headquarter a performance-residency convergence center for developing their submersive, simulation style of re-cog-ignition. After working several years within downtown San Francisco, a new organization with a focus on mobile setups was founded. This was done in order to formulate an answer to the increasing requests for international presentations at museums and festivals. Freed from the constraints of a geographically anchored construction, RML’s nomadic approach is also able to offer residency opportunities together with various other organizations in international cities. This vanguard hybrid media platform encompasses many presentational options to potential partners, (co)-producers and curators. 2016’s Recombinant Festival in SF featured RML’s signature 360 AV Spatial Cinema installation the CineChamber whose content from five and ten years ago was re-introduced in the Gray Area Grand Theater. For the Fall season this year be on the lookout for Recombinant’s  next edition featuring a cross section of new residencies, collaborations and expanded performance formats all in the pipeline. For those interested in staging or contributing new programs to RML’s surround staging & VR initiative please contact Naut Humon at

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. 

Obscura Digital

Obscura is an alliance of artists and technologists who are pioneering the future of multidimensional sensory experiences. From our beginning, we set convention aside to create entirely new encounters with light, image, sound, and motion. Our team shares a passion for inventing the uninvented, for exploring ways that technology can enable awe-inspiring moments. Our creativity is inseparable from our ingenuity. We were among the first to develop technologies that deliver unprecedented interactivity. Our exploration has led to multitouch screens, complex architectural mapping, 360-degree surround projections, and beyond.