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David Tudor Bandoneon!


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Archival footage of David Tudor's gnarly and snarly peformance of "Bandoneon" in 1966 for "9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering" with accompanying interviews with composers and performers, many of whom participated in this legendary evening.


Review 1: Bandoneon! (a combine) was Tudor’s first complete performance of one of his own works.  The title refers to the type of concertina popular in Tango music(and homage to his mentor, Mauricio Kagel) that Tudor modified to control a series of electronic audio effects, light and projected images brought together in “a combine”, a term coined by Robert Rauschenberg to indicate a work that is neither painting nor sculpture.  ….The performance footage gives the viewer a sense of the cavernous armory where the events took place. .. The footage was captured from multiple perspectives including from behind the audience looking over the entire performance space, from within the performance platform area, and from alongside the floor where the mobile speakers traveled.  The platform footage reveals the technology that went into realizing this performance and shows in-the-moment collaboration occurring as Bandoneon ! was presented.  …This video serves as a fine representation of a highly complex performance.  The in-depth documentary features voice-over interviews with Tudor where explains his work, his methodology, and what informed his thinking.  His contemporaries are also interviewed, supplying additional context for experimental music of the 1960s.  A detailed explanation is provided on how everything worked together to bring about Bandoneon !.  This DVD is essential to any music or art library that support experimental or cutting edge academic creative arts programs.  Bandoneon ! is an important example of the type of collaboration and experimentation that took place during the early years of electronic music.  The opportunity to see David Tudor perform his own composition is also vital to students of experimental music.

Source 1:  Vincent J. Novara, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland/Educational Media Reviews Online/  (06/04/2010)


Review 2:  I can only imagine how abrasive this sounded back in 1966, and the way the microphones are set to loop each other, the whole thing actually takes on a life of its own.  The results are amazing.  I defy anyone to watch and listen to this material even today and not be blown away.  The fact that all of this is presented by short-haired , serious young men wearing suits makes it all the more disconcerting.  Bandoneon ! (a combine) is an incredibly valuable historical document.

Source 2:  Greg Barbrick/Blogcritics Music/ 03/13/2010

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  • Actors: David Tudor
  • Directors: Julie Martin, Barbro Schultz Lundestam
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    General Audience
  • Studio: ArtPix
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 38 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0033COPAI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,978 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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