This is a self playing patch on Buchla’s Music Easel. A random voltage is put on the decay of an envelope to effect the length of notes automatically. The composer Todd Barton ran with this idea on the Buchla 200 using multiple envelopes with either attacks, decays or both being randomly controlled, leading to more complex self-writing compositions.
He named it the Krell Patch , possibly as the sounds are reminiscent of the music for the film Forbidden Planet, which tells of an extinct race of advanced beings of the planet Altair IV known as the Krell.
Nicholas will also be playing pop-up sets of his music at various around the site and across the day.