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Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Co.

The world's first synthesizer ensemble was formed by David Borden in 1969, initially as a live band to perform their own versions of classics from the classical/minimalist repertoire of Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Robert Ashley, and Philip Glass. Borden had been working as composer-in-residence for the Ithaca, New York school district when he became aware of developments in synthesizer technology by Bob Moog. After being invited to Moog's nearby company, Borden became one of the first to test-drive the revolutionary Moog synthesizer. (His ignorance of module synthesizers helped along many design changes that made Moogs much more user-friendly than their predecessors.) Intrigued with the idea of live synthesizer performance in a band setting, Borden joined with Steve Drews and (later) Linda Fisher. After several performances associated with Cornell University (where Borden also worked) as well as a few in-store demonstrations for Moog, Mother Mallard began recording in 1970. They continued to perform in various live settings, but weren't able to release material until 1973, when Judy Borsher agreed to found Earthquack Records to release material by the group (she also replaced Fisher). The group's self-titled debut album appeared that year, followed by Like a Duck to Water in 1976. Though Mother Mallard gradually disintegrated as a recording concern, Borden continued to record as a solo artist; in the early '90s, Mother Mallard reunited to perform several live shows and returned again later in the decade. In 1999, Cuneiform released the retrospective 1970-1973. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 1970-1973

1. Ceres Motion

2. Cloudscape For Peggy

3. Music

4. Train

5. Easter

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Track List: Like A Duck To Water

1. Oleo Strut

2. All Set

3. Theme From After The Fall

4. Waterwheel

5. C-A-G-E Part II

6. Downtown

7. Harpsichord Truck

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Bruce Palmer of Buffalo Springfield released an LP after being emigrated back to Canada of not electronic, but free form kind of jazz that would fit well into this
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jwaynberg
Whoa.
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Umm ... sounds like a remake of Terry Riley from 64
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hhwarwick3
One of the original synthesizer ensembles, started back in the `70s. Great stuff.
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Soft heaven, trippy joy in the sad.
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I just float away..
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Owes a lot to Steve Reich.
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Worked for Moog Music Inc 1973-75 Saw lots of artist come through the factory. Mother Mallard was one of my favorites
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gmulzet
=awesome.
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never heard or heard of this group. fabulous
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qarewenotmen
this is what genius sounds like
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hell, if it was the 1970's and it used synthesizers , I'm most likely diggin' it...after all, this was the sound of sesame street and electric company and commercials and basically the weird s**t that shaped my musical landscape as a child. this s**t rocks.
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This has a very nice feel to it. Never heard of it before
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this is quackly becoming my new favorite band. reminds me of Tonto's Exploding Head Band, but without the hippy-dippy aspects. truly inspiring... does anybody want to play this kind of stuff with me? lets do a tribute band- or just do stuff similarly! email me!

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