Ciani has produced 15 solo albums, received five Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe, a Moog Innovation Award, scored countless advertisements for multinational brands including Coca-Cola and Atari, and she was the first woman to score a major Hollywood feature (Lily Tomlin's The Incredible Shrinking Woman in 1981). It's a highly impressive list of accolades given the close-minded attitude towards electronic music—and the women making it—she faced at the time.
Ciani was first introduced to Don Buchla, the inventor of the instrument that would define her sound, while studying a masters in music composition at the University Of California, Berkeley in the late '60s. Ciani's vibrant, evolving sounds are a perfect expression of the West Coast synthesis school Buchla pioneered, with her music and methodology reflecting the core fundamentals of the form. Recent growing interest in analogue and modular synthesisers, and a partnership with the British label Finders Keepers, which released original recordings of Ciani playing the Buchla in the '70s, have revitalised her career. In the '70s, Ciani penned a 40-page paper detailing how to set up and play the Buchla. She shows her mastery of the instrument in this compelling RA Session, which was recorded binaurally—put your headphones on for the full 3D experience.