Together with Julie Martin (E.A.T.) and Jacob Kirkegaard, I am releasing a double LP of David Tudor’s previously unreleased music from the label TOPOS. It comes with a booklet of 20 or so pages containing a long essay I wrote titled “When David Tudor Went Disco,” which you can also buy separately.
In December 1969, David Tudor made a series of recordings at the Electronic Music Studio at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India, using Moog Synthesizers that he himself had brought from the United States and installed there. Ten years later, on March 1, 1979, Tudor used one of these recordings, which he now called Monobird, as the primary source track for a recording session at the New York discotheque Xenon.
This album includes two 33rpm vinyl records of these works and an essay by You Nakai, When David Tudor Went Disco, that provides an in-depth study of Tudor’s performance at Xenon and its relation to Monobird.