SOLD OUT. There are limited copies available for in-person sales at Ace Hotel locations (including Ace Hotel London).
The price of these 227 rare, numbered packages was $227 (inspired by the Buchla 227e quad output module that Suzanne uses for spatial control on the record) plus origin-based tax/shipping.
To see what’s inside, please check out Techmoan’s video. For more info on the release, check out WIRED, Pro Sound News, Synthèse Montréal, listen to dublab: in conversation, the Digital Music News podcast and The Vinyl Guide podcasts.
Thank you so much for your interest in the rare item. There were only 227 available, numbered. Many were available at CyKiK.com directly, some at special events and some were available via select record stores such as Ace Hotel (see Ace Blog interview with Suzanne by Julianna Barwick too), Third Man Records and the LACMA Store. For pre-orders we took special requests on specific numbers.
This is a live recording that was performed by Suzanne Ciani in San Francisco on March 5, 2016. It was Suzanne's first solo Buchla performance in 40 years and was played on a Buchla 200e System. As all of Suzanne's Buchla performances, the performance was quadraphonic. Suzanne has since toured the world, exclusively in Quad.
The release of this 180g vinyl disc is also quadraphonic and includes a hardware decoder manufactured with Involve Audio to decode two channels of audio from the vinyl disc back to the four-channel recording with stunning results. We're very excited to share it with you and hope that it will inspire you to compose in spatial sound.
We are working with at team of artists and engineers to develop the Quadraphonic Universally Accessible Resource Kit (QUARK) as freely available software tool to meet the expanding need for musicians and engineers to develop new spatial audio work in existing and emerging technology without a large financial investment. The QUARK software plugin will be used in Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) and similar platforms to encode four channels of discrete audio into two channels (standard stereo) audio then back four channels again, allowing the distribution of four-channel spatial recordings via widely accessible two-channel formats such as Vinyl, Radio, streaming video such as YouTube and music services such as iTunes and Spotify.
QUARK enables musicians, filmmakers and engineers to make spatial sound work via two channel distribution formats in the Regular Matrix format then monitor audio at the pre-encode, encode and decode phases so that these creatives may master their spatial sound work for distribution.
In order for listeners to enjoy the decoded four-channel music, we are also developing software for use in consumer products such as wi-fi speakers, audio playback equipment and similar products to allow listeners to easily experience quadraphonic spatial sound for zero in licensing costs to the manufacturers, thus allowing creators a massive potential audience.
We don't have an exact delivery date for this project yet but will reach out once its ready.