PLEASE NOTE: the LP was pressed at 45RPM without our knowledge. The playback speed of this edition is, thus, 45RPM.

On Field, Shuttle358’s Dan Abrams returns to the beautiful roots he layed down with his now-classic Frame (12k1011, 2000) which Alternative Press heralded as “Ranking alongside Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works II and Eno’s Music for Airports in its evocation of imaginary space.”, and which Boomkat (UK) called “Shuttle358’s undisputed masterpiece.” His distinct human imprint on the highly digital sounds of the microsound and clicks and cuts movement of the time played out across his other releases as well including Optimal.LP (12k1005, 1999),Chessa (12k1030, 2004) and Understanding Wildlife (Mille Plateaux, 2002).

It is in this specific space and through splintered memories from the dawn of the 2000’s that brings Shuttle358 back to his early explorations with Field. Specifically, those sounds nestled in computers from the late 90s running period software and “graced” by the lo-fi color of early DSP algorithms. Abrams deliberately takes advantage of slow CPU cycles and crashes on old computers to piece together a framework of disjointed rhythms and melodic loops that sound like they’re crawling and skittering from a new digital dystopia. This landscape unveils elements that made his early work so powerful by the way he combines the broken with the beautiful. Deep rhythms made from truncated transients provide the foundation for ghostly vocal snippets and the signature musical ambience that defines the Shuttle358 atmosphere.

In a way, Field can be seen as a rebirth of the glitch, a modern take on the capativating microsound movement of the early 2000’s and a captivating and powerful statement from Abrams who connects the dots and further deepens and expands his sonic story.

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Shuttle358, the moniker of native Californian Dan Abrams, clearly stands as one of 12k’s most revered, and mysterious, artists. Some say his work was responsible for humanizing the microsound movement of the early 2000’s, and rightfully so.  He took the computer-as-instrument and made it beautiful and personal, carving out a unique place for himself among throngs of artists. After 10 years, this fall we will see the release of the new album from Shuttle358. Fans…

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