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Lost Analog

by Barry Schrader

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I’ve chosen to call this album "Lost Analog" not only with reference to my previous release, "Lost Atlantis", but also because all of the works are analog electronic music, and parts of them are, indeed, lost. All of this music was created from 1972 through 1983, using the Buchla 200 analog modular synthesizer, also known as “The Electric Music Box.” The music contained in this "Lost Analog" album was originally created in 4 channels, sometimes referred to as quadraphonic sound.


Schrader's recent release "Lost Analog" is a collection of archival recordings created between 1972 and 1983, all based on his extensive explorations with the Buchla 200. Those familiar with the pieces "Lost Atlantis" and "Trinity" will feel immediately familiar with the styles at work on "Lost Analog." From the terrifying and engrossing "Death of the Red Planet Suite" and the brutally dynamic "Bestiary" to the brief-yet-animated "Classical Studies" and the patiently-unfolding "Moon Whales Suite", this collection is a spectacular sampling of not only Schrader's style, but of some of the most cutting-edge approaches to electronic music-making in the 1970s altogether. If you're looking to dive deeper into the life's work of a spectacular and underappreciated electronic composer, I can't think of a better listen. - Perfect Circuit

Schrader's music has fascinatingly subtle shifts of color and volume. The listener could wrap himself in a development of metallic sounds seamlessly transformed from speaker to speaker, a delicate but penetrating pulsation of notes woven with a music-box effect, or a melange of dizzying, sliding, wind rushing patterns that make the revving-up of a jet plane seem demure. - Melody Peterson, Los Angeles Times review of "Bestiary"

…the music outsynthesized Tangerine Dream in its hypnotic electronic coloration. - John Rockwell, New York Times review of "Death of the Red Planet"


released October 28, 2022


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Barry Schrader Los Angeles, California

Schrader's compositions for electronics, dance, film, video, mixed media, live/electro-acoustic music combinations, and real- time computer performance have been presented throughout the world. In 2014, he was given the SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a member of the Composition Faculty of the CalArts School of Music from 1971 to 2016. His web site is <barryschrader.com>. ... more

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