Electronic Works 1976-1977 LP
Label: DAIS records

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Received a 7.0 rating from Ptichfork. When people associate composer DAVID FIRST with his musical resume, most go straight to his late ‘70s avant punk ensemble, THE NOTEKILLERS and their influential 1980 single “The Zipper.” After his time in the basements of Philadelphia, he moved to New York City in the early ‘80s to continue his compositional education when joining Cecil Taylor‘s ensemble and taking root in the downtown NYC avant garde scene. It was there that First honed his craft for classical composition and ambient drone which still continues to present day. Though this narrative made sense, there was a piece missing in the puzzle of First’s musical background. In 1976, he enrolled in Princeton’s music program to study composition in the department lead by electronic composer Milton Babbitt. During his time at Princeton, he stumbled across the lonely outpost of the famed Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center which housed one of the very first Buchla 100 series systems acquired by Vladimir Ussachevsky & Otto Luening. Unfortunately, due to the introduction of digital technology within the music world, this system was left to languish in the back rooms unattended and nearly forgotten. First took this opportunity to experiment and compose using the Buchla 100 synthesizer, at first experimenting with electronic synthesis but later adding in his signature guitar stylings to make these composition unique to the academic output typical of university music. Thankfully, these compositions were recorded by First at Princeton on various reel to reel tapes and stored away for over 35 years. It wasn’t until the summer of 2012, when David First and Ryan (of Dais Records) decided to revisit and transfer these reels to compile an album presented here as a selection of genuine, uninhibited exploration into modular electronic synthesis. Limited to an edition of 500 copies with liner notes by David First.

This item is tagged as:
  • Avantgarde
  • Electronic
  • Experimental

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