tony buchen

Folks enjoying the colliding sound bowl installation at the National Art Gallery of Victoria. I tried so hard not
to snap this pic and take myself out of the moment but I couldn’t resist capturing it for posterity.

Folks enjoying the colliding sound bowl installation at the National Art Gallery of Victoria. I tried so hard not
to snap this pic and take myself out of the moment but I couldn’t resist capturing it for posterity.

Arranging strings and producing a track written especially for the Silver Lake Chorus by the Flaming Lips at Henson Studios, Hollywood, CA. The other track I worked on was written for the chorus by  Tegan and Sara. 

Arranging strings and producing a track written especially for the Silver Lake Chorus by the Flaming Lips at Henson Studios, Hollywood, CA. The other track I worked on was written for the chorus by  Tegan and Sara. 

2am. Just back from recording at the Integratron dome in the Mojave desert with two of my oldest and bestest. Phew…

2am. Just back from recording at the Integratron dome in the Mojave desert with two of my oldest and bestest. Phew…

I’ve been experimenting with drum sounds at Sydney’s eclectic Rancom St Studios. Owned and built by a well known country producer with a Nashville attitude to the value of old tube gear - in particular Telefunken v72/77/78/76 preamps and Australian made 1960s AWA tube compressors. The drums pictured here were stuffed into a tiny guitar amp booth and 90% of he sound came from the CMV overhead mic I distorted through a v76 pre into a Manley Massive Passive and a Distressor. Very tight and punchy, but fat due to the tube distortion. Very present in the mix. I also ran the Mutron and Moogerfooger pedals under some drum parts (Bi-Phase works great on overheads) and guitars (the Moog Ring modulator is amazing).   

I took this picture of a door I came across near the UN on Manhattan’s East Side a few years ago. I liked what it seemed to say at the time, but wasn’t sure why. Since then its become clearer to me why someone would take the trouble to have this maxim embossed on their doorfront. Work is a major part of our lives and is something we usually define ourselves by. Its the thing we do, as opposed to the people we share our lived with. Work and relationships are the two key factors in our lives - and to a serious artist, art is not a hobby or pastime. It is work. It follows that to really say something in your field, you must work very hard for a long time. Art Is Work.  

I took this picture of a door I came across near the UN on Manhattan’s East Side a few years ago. I liked what it seemed to say at the time, but wasn’t sure why. Since then its become clearer to me why someone would take the trouble to have this maxim embossed on their doorfront. Work is a major part of our lives and is something we usually define ourselves by. Its the thing we do, as opposed to the people we share our lived with. Work and relationships are the two key factors in our lives - and to a serious artist, art is not a hobby or pastime. It is work. It follows that to really say something in your field, you must work very hard for a long time. Art Is Work.  

The Falls

Here is the first single from Sydney folk duo The Falls simply called Home. I produced this track and recorded it at the now defunct Big Jesus Burger Studios in Sydney. The strings which I arranged I decided to record at my home - in the dining room in fact. Proof that Sydney’s old terraces have nice acoustics!

Working with Melbourne Indy-pop all round dudes Loon Lake at Rancom St Studios in Sydney. Its nice to be working in a studio again where I can go Telefunken tube pre amps all the way if I so desire… The band has 3 brothers and this shot captures two of them (Sam and Nick) working on a piano part with a little help from Mr Carlton Draught. 

Working with Melbourne Indy-pop all round dudes Loon Lake at Rancom St Studios in Sydney. Its nice to be working in a studio again where I can go Telefunken tube pre amps all the way if I so desire… The band has 3 brothers and this shot captures two of them (Sam and Nick) working on a piano part with a little help from Mr Carlton Draught. 

Intense week at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios in Auckland working on the Mr Pip film with Tim Finn. We watched a cut at the director’s house - in his private cinema no less - and I was so moved. Even after watching various scenes hundreds of times while working on the music. A good sign. Beautiful studio by the way. A true artist’s haven put together with care by someone who understands the recording process as a creative endeavour. 

Intense week at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios in Auckland working on the Mr Pip film with Tim Finn. We watched a cut at the director’s house - in his private cinema no less - and I was so moved. Even after watching various scenes hundreds of times while working on the music. A good sign. Beautiful studio by the way. A true artist’s haven put together with care by someone who understands the recording process as a creative endeavour. 

Mixing Andy Bull’s new single. It will shock some but please those that loved his Like A Version on JJJ last year… 
Then off to Melbourne to produce the debut EP for Major Tom and The Atoms - the new project for Little Red baritone Tom Hartney. Expect maximum dirty old R&B and harpsichord drenched Doors-Psych… Woohoo. 

Mixing Andy Bull’s new single. It will shock some but please those that loved his Like A Version on JJJ last year… 

Then off to Melbourne to produce the debut EP for Major Tom and The Atoms - the new project for Little Red baritone Tom Hartney. Expect maximum dirty old R&B and harpsichord drenched Doors-Psych… Woohoo.