Ezra Buchla is from California. He has played in bands.
While not inaccurate, Ezra’s official bio belies the depth of his work. From his most well-known bands (Mae Shi and Gowns) to the backlog of live performances and sketches on his rarely updated website, Ezra has an uncanny ability to break your fucking heart in less than 45 seconds. No matter the instrument — viola, oscillators, a laptop or his own voice — he finds ways to blend his classical training with an agility in software programming to stunning effect.
Over the course of this episode Ezra reflects on composition and the function of scores, the relationship between humans and their instruments, the haute couture of music tech, his intentions for the Aleph, and handling other people’s relationships with his father (artist and inventor Don Buchla, 1937 – 2016) while planning the Don Buchla Memorial Concerts.
Featuring selections from:
Mae Shi — Testify
Gowns — Lie Down
Claire Cronin — Sister and Devil
Gowns — Cherylee