PRESENTATION: The Migration of Monobirds: From Ahmedabad to Xenon and Beyond | October 1, 2021

I am presenting a talk as part of the Archives Public Programs of National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India. The series examines the activities of Experiments in Art & Technology in India in the 1960s and 70s.

My session will focus on one particular recording David Tudor made during his stay at NID in late 1969 using the Moog Synthesizer he had installed in India’s first electronic music studio. Although Tudor personally disliked the Moog, after circumstances pushed him to perform with the instrument, he recorded what he did and subsequently used the same recording as a sound source in various performances across the 1970s. Analysis of recordings, photographs, diagrams, schematics, and recollections, reveals the unexpected trajectory of this recording he called Monobird and may offer a thought or two about putting the archive to good use.

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