Todd Barton

music, composition, buchla synthesis


—— It is with deep sadness that I report the passing of Richard Waters, inventor, musician and artist , on July 4, 2013.  He will be deeply missed. —–

The waterphone, for me, is a hand-held acoustic synthesizer!  Invented by Richard Waters back in the 1960’s this amazingly responsive, expressive and sublime instrument opens one’s ears to a new world of sounds.

My friend and colleague, Joel Henigson and I, with the blessing of Richard Waters created a set of waterphone sample for the NI Kontakt format.  For more information click here.


I often use the waterphone with my analog synthesizers:

waterphone processed from todd barton on Vimeo.

My friend and colleague have created a sampler set for Native Instruments Kontakt which you can order here.  Here is a brief overview of the samples set.

Uncharted Waters: advanced Waterphone performance sampler from todd barton on Vimeo.

If you would live to purchase an original waterphone or find out more about this amazing instrument go to Richard Water’s Waterphone Page.