Published Jan 07, 2015Minimalist composer David Borden is a legend in the synthesizer community. One of the first people to test Bob Moog's modular synthesizers, he was also responsible for the first-ever all-synthesizer ensemble Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company. Of his many accomplishments is the beloved 1981 LP Music for Amplified Keyboard Instruments, which is now being reissued by John Elliott's Editions Mego offshoot Spectrum Spools.
The four-song LP was originally issued by the Holland label Red Records but had limited distribution. As such, it has been an obscure object of affection for synth and record nerds over the last few decades.
The album was performed by three musicians, utilizing six keyboards. The release spans many ideas, ranging from neoclassical and American minimalist composition through ambient sounds.
Spectrum Spools got its hands on the only master of the release known to exist and pieced together a new reissue of the classic. The album was remastered by Giuseppe Tillieci at Rome's Enisslab, and a press release says the "newly remastered works are superior to the original vinyl master, giving the world a chance to hear this remarkable work in highest possible fidelity across multiple formats."
Borden later founded the Digital Music Program at Cornell University and has since retired. He contributed extensive liner notes and photos to the reissue of the album.
Music for Amplified Keyboard Instruments will arrive on March 16 via Spectrum Spools.
Music for Amplified Keyboard Instruments:
1. Esty Point, Summer 1978
2. The Continuing Story Of Counterpoint, Part Nine
3. Enfield In Winter
4. The Continuing Story Of Counterpoint, Part Six