DAVID TUDOR's performance matrix
Over the years as David Tudor's electronic set-up became more and more complex, he found that maintaining flexibility became more and more challenging. He came accross a matrix switching device (found in the ARP synthesizers) and adapted it for use in his set-ups. It didn't take long for it to become one of the key elements of his performance set-up.
Tudor had two matrices that he used regularly: One was a 10x20 and the other a 10x40. These were passive devices (do not require power) that were very simple in principle. They merely allowed the performer to switch any output to any input. This allowed David complete flexibility and control over signal routing for is entire set-up. The realization of this simple matrix concept, however, was quite involved. Packed in a 12 x 4 x 2.5 inch metal box, there wasn't much room to move when it came to soldering together all the jumper wires, mono-mini jacks, and slide switches.
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