Friday, March 25, 2016

Happy Easter! Celebrate Spring with the first work performed live on MiniMoog

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HAPPY EASTER!
HAPPY SPRING 2016!!


Cuneiform Records Celebrates the
46th Anniversary of
"Easter", the First Composition that
Composer/ Keyboardist/ Electronic Music Pioneer
David Borden
Created for Moog Synthesizer, and the
World's First Live Performance with a MiniMoog
with a Free Stream of
"Easter"
as Recorded by Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company and Released by Cuneiform on the album:
1970-1973



Forty-six years ago - on Saturday, March 28th the eve of Easter Sunday in 1970 - David Borden composed "Easter", his first tonal pulse-piece for the Moog synthesizer. Working throughout the night at Bob Moog's Trumansburg studio during Easter weekend, he completed his multi-layered piece at 4am that Easter morning, March 29th.

Two weeks later, on April 10 and 11, 1970, Borden and fellow Mother Mallard member Steve Drews performed "Easter" at Cornell University in the Willard Straight Theater. Borden used a Minimoog A; this was the world's first performance using a Minimoog A in a live concert. Moreover, Mother Mallard's April 1970 concerts at Cornell marked the first-time that ANY portable synthesizer was ever used for a live concert.

That summer, on June 30, 1970, Mother Mallard again used Moog's prototype Minimoog A to perform "Easter" in New York City's Trinity Church. This June 1970 concert marked the debut of the MiniMoog in New York City. Mother Mallard would perform Easter again the following year, on Easter Sunday 1971, at Cornell University's Sage Chapel.

"Easter", born in the Spring of 1970, heralds the Dawn of the Age of Electronic Music, both technically and symbolically. This David Borden work marks the debut of compositions created for, and works performed on the legendary MiniMoog.

Cuneiform is thus providing this stream of "Easter" in late March-April 2016, to celebrate the first live performance of Easter using the MiniMoog equipment by the world's first all-synthesizer ensemble, Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Co., founded by David Borden with Steve Drews.


When Robert Moog, inventor of the voltage controlled electronic synthesizer, introduced David Borden to his newest creation, the groundbreaking experimentation and creative performances that followed would echo throughout music history for decades to come.

Formed in 1969 in Ithaca, Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Co. was one of the few to begin experimentation with such equipment, earning them a place in history within an exclusive group of pioneers such as Terry Riley, Philip Glass, and Tangerine Dream. Critically acclaimed as a group whose work was ahead of their time, the ensemble would set groundwork for the experimental classical minimalists and live synth-ensembles of the future. Over the years, the group expanded its instrumentation to include acoustic and other electric instrumentation alongside the Moogs. After Apple released its iconic personal desktop computers in the 1980s, Mother Mallard adopted that new digital technology as eagerly into its live performances as it had adopted analogue MiniMoogs. Today, Mother Mallard performs using Apple laptops to produce their distinct sound, but still pays tribute to their roots by featuring a Moog Voyager, Dr. Moog's last synthesizer design.



David Borden is one of the foremost exponents of live electronic and minimalist music. He has been active on the new music and contemporary classical scenes for two decades. He first came to attention as the driving force behind Mother Mallard, the world's first all synthesizer ensemble. He would later go on to write for multiple vocal ensembles as well as film scores for several movies. With degrees from both the Eastman School of Music and Harvard University, David Borden would combine his extensive music knowledge with the then cutting-edge technology of the MiniMoog synthesizer to create a new sound, and an unforgettable album.



1970-1973 collects the first album by Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Co. and previously unreleased recordings. MMPMC were also one of the very first [possibly the first] performing synthesizer ensembles, working closely with Robert Moog, whose first factory was nearby. This material pre-dates or is contemporary with the first contributions to the genre and had been forgotten until now.

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DAVID BORDEN/MOTHER MALLARD
RECORDINGS ON CUNEIFORM


Cuneiform Records has released six albums by David Borden and Mother Mallard, including: two archival albums (1970-73, and Like a Duck to Water) that include the earliest recordings by Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company; three discs containing the complete Continuing Story of Counterpoint, Borden's masterwork of minimalism (which critics have praised as "the Goldberg Variations of minimalism"); and a volume of Borden's more atmospheric compositions, called Places, Times and People.

For more information on Borden's releases on Cuneiform, please see:
http://www.cuneiformrecords.com/bandshtml/borden.html


Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Co.
Like A Duck To Water

AMAZON - ITUNES
BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE MUSIC



Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Co.
1970-1973

AMAZON - ITUNES
BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE MUSIC


David Borden
Places, Times & People
AMAZON - ITUNES
BANDCAMP


David Borden
The Continuing Story Of Counterpoint
Parts 1-4 + 8 (Complete)
AMAZON - ITUNES
BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE


David Borden
The Continuing Story Of Counterpoint
Parts 5-8
AMAZON - ITUNES
BANDCAMP


David Borden
The Continuing Story Of Counterpoint
Parts 9-12
AMAZON - ITUNES
BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE

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