Moog-Minimalist Pioneer David Borden makes rare Concert appearance.

Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Co. Re-opens for Business.

Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Co. circa 1975

Back about 1972, David Borden founded the trio, Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece, Co.   They were arguably one of the first performing electronic ensembles and used Moog Modular synthesizers and other keyboards, all pre-computer, pre-digital and live.  They preceded groups like Tangerine Dream in creating, cyclical, sequencer based electronic music.   In fact, I recall the debut Mother Mallard album being paired in a review of two pre-Phaedra Tangerine Dream albums in Crawdaddy Magazine.    Borden has an expanded ensemble now and digital technology, but he will be performing his magnum opus, “The Continuing Story of Counterpoint.”  This is a rare chance to hear some mesmerizing compositions unfolded live by Mother Mallard.   Here’s a pretty grainy, but fascinating video of the band in their very early days:

They’ll be in NYC, on June 29:

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 @
ISSUE PROJECT ROOM
At the Old American Can Factory
232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Telephone: 718-330-0313

Admission: $10 / $8 for members
http://www.issueprojectroom.org

You can get more info and voluminous notes, and many quotes from me from this press release.

John Diliberto ((( echoes )))

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One Response to “Moog-Minimalist Pioneer David Borden makes rare Concert appearance.”

  1. composerinthegarden Says:

    John, delighted to see that you are still following David Borden and Mother Mallard – long live the duck!

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