12k is very happy to announce the much-asked-for and long-awaited re-release of not only one of the label’s most popular and critically acclaimed albums but one of highlights of the entire microsound genre: Shuttle358 Frame.
Complete with the original recording and video, Frame has been repackaged for 12k’s Limited Series into a unique chipboard sleeve on which all graphics and text are printed only with white ink. The re-issue of this classic album will give a new generation of 12k followers a listen to one of the label’s most defining moments.
From the original press-release:
Frame is the much anticipated follow up release to last year’s debut Optimal.LP, a cd which caused quite a bit of critical stir as a very impressive and original work for a new artist. Dan Abrams (aka: Shuttle358) seamlessly blends stark textures/drones with digital disfunction. clicks, skips and tiny mechanised rhythms intertwine in hypnotic form that Abrams allows to evolve in a very organic way.
Frame picks up where Optimal.LP” left off. a bit more distant with excursions into deeper realms of Abrams’ signature skittish minimalist rhythmic work.
Frame includes a video, shot by Abrams himself, in DVCAM for the title of the album. It is available on the cd in quicktime format as well as a separate high-res VHS release. The use of movement and abstracted forms along with a subtle color palatte of whites, blues and yellows is a perfect visual accompanyment to the fragile rhythms of the soundtrack.
“If you put an empty frame against a blank wall, you suddenly notice the the color, the patterns, the imperfections in the plaster. The frame is like a window of perception. It takes the wall outside time. The frame draws attention to what is within it – it magnifies it, you focus on it, it begins to symbolize the whole wall.”