Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Co.

May 1, 2007

Here is a minimalist synthesizer ensemble called Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Co. I never knew these guys but my teacher always talked about Mother Mallard and Dave Borden. Here is a terrific old demo from them with a little bit of talking and some halfway decent visuals. Judging by the hair I’m thinking 1970-something. These guys lived down the road from Robert Moog’s synthesizer factory and he let them use it in off hours. Their work is more improvisational than Reich or Glass, more from a rib of Terry Riley, but for an ensemble rather than loops. Good stuff.

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