David Borden was born in Boston on Christmas Day, 1938. He was educated at the Eastman School of Music and Harvard University and was also a Fulbright student in Berlin Germany, where he studied at the Hochschule für Musik with Boris Blacher. He founded Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Co. in 1969 with the generous support of Robert Moog. The group became the world’s first synthesizer ensemble. “Mother Mallard turns out some of the best synthesizer music around.” - New York Times. His The Continuing Story of Counterpoint, a twelve-part cycle of pieces for synthesizers, acoustic instruments and voice has been called the ‘Goldberg Variations of minimalism.’ Several books on the history of the arts in America have cited and discussed his work. In keeping with his interdisciplinary approach to his life and his music, two of the books deal with American music history, one with music technology and one with the paintings of George Deem: “America’s Music in the Twentieth Century” by Kyle Gann (Schirmer Books, New York, 1997); “America’s Musical Life: A History” by Richard Crawford (W. W, Norton & Company, New York, London, 2001);”Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer” by Trevor Pinch and Frank Trocco (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, London, England, 2002); “How to Paint a Vermeer” by George Deem (Thames & Hudson, N.Y., 2004). Borden’s music is available on the Cuneiform, New World Records, Lameduck, Arbiter and FRKWS labels. His first composition teachers were jazz musicians Jimmy Giuffre and Jaki Byard. He still performs with Mother Mallard as a laptop ensemble featuring keyboardists Blaise Bryski and David Yearsley. He resides in Ithaca, NY with his wife, Rebecca Godin. He is the retired founder and Director of the Digital Music Program at Cornell University.
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