Early electronic musician Suzanne Ciani enjoyed renewed popularity before COVID-19 derailed the events industry in 2020. The “Diva of the Diode” has announced the quadrophonic vinyl release of one of her final performances during that time on her own label, Atmospheric.
Improvisation on Four Sequences at Festival Antigel was recorded in January 2020 when Ciani performed on a quadrophonic sound system at the Geneva, Switzerland event. She played on her trademark Buchla 200e synth as well as the Animoog iPad app.
“I didn’t know at the time that concert touring would disappear and that a pandemic would suddenly end my live Buchla performance era that had had a resurgence in 2016,” reads Ciani’s description. “For those years, I flew around the world, toting my Buchla 200e in checked baggage and prayed that it would survive the trip: Melbourne, Tokyo, London, Santiago, New York and on and on until this year when the world changed.”
Included with the album is a hardware decoder allowing playback of the quadrophonic vinyl. Ciani acknowledges that it may not be enough for everyday fans to enjoy the release, so it’s also available in 5.1, stereo and ambisonic formats – all at 44.1 and 88.2 kHz.