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Boomkat Product Review:
'Music for Amplified Keyboard Instruments' is a beautiful synth music obscurity by a largely unsung hero of the genre, David Borden. Originally released in 1981 on the little-known Red label outta Holland, it has been reclaimed from the safety masters and reissued for your delectation by John Elliott's Spectrum Spools nearly 33 years later. Quite understandably, many heads are suffering synth ennui with the sheer tide of forgettable reissues in circulation right now, but this one is like a sad beacon in swelling seas, radiating the sweetest melodies and harmonic fizz with a tactility and timbre to savour, and, most importantly; remember. They're the result of Borden's keen intellect and connections - since the mid-'60s he worked closely with Bob Moog, helping beta-test early Moog Modular Synthesiser and MiniMoog models (he was in the room when the pitch wheel was invented) giving him a practically unparalleled insight to the working lives of these inspirational machines. Safe to say we can hear this experience across all four pieces here, in their hypercoloured complexity of 'The Continuing Story of Counterpoint, Part Six and Nine' (1978 & 1980), in the emotive tactility of 'Enfield in Winter', and the illusively layered, spiralling trajectories of 'Etsy Point, Summer 1978' (1981).