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Electronic Works 1976-1977
  • Artist: David First
  • Label: Dais
  • UPC: 638126003713
  • Item #: 2160571X
  • Genre: Rock
  • Release Date: 1/21/2014
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Price: $19.84
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Electronic Works 1976-1977 on LP

In 1976, two years after playing with Cecil Taylor and the year before starting pioneerig avant punk group, the Notekillers, composer David First enrolled in Princeton's electronic music program headed at the time by legendary electronic composer Milton Babbitt.

During his time at Princeton, First was introduced to the classical electronic music studio there, a 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 studio unattended and nearly forgotten. First fell in love with this equipment and seized the opportunity to compose using the Buchla 100 synthesizer, at first experimenting only with electronic synthesis but later adding in his signature guitar stylings to make these compositions unique to the academic output typical of university music.

These compositions were recorded by First on various reel to reel tapes and stored away for over 35 years. It wasn't until the summer of 2012, when these reels were transferred to compile an album presented as a selection of genuine, uninhibited exploration into modular electronic synthesis.

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