Often cited as the most classic and groundbreaking of all of 12k’s releases, Shuttle358’s Frame ushered in an era of humanism, melody and organics in the era of Microsound and the Clicks and Cuts movement at the turn of the century. While it was still steeped in digital sound and the magnification of error as intention, Frame somehow managed to fuse emotion into what had become a very structuralist and cold musical movement.

12k is very happy to present Frame, after 20 years, for the first time on vinyl released as a double LP with a D-Side full of previously unreleased masterial from the era of Frame’s creation. This version of Frame was mixed throughout 2020 by Shuttle358’s Dan Abrams using a hand-painted spectrum reconstrution method on the original tracks and remastered for vinyl by Taylor Deupree.


Frame is the much anticipated follow up release to 1999’s debut optimal.lp, a compact disc 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 mechanized 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.

Dan Abrams — “
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.”

Album Credits

Originally written and produced by Dan Abrams in 2000 in Pasadena, California, with guidance from Al bert Tan and track selection with Taylor Deupree.

Bonus Material (Side D) taken from original sessions

Tracks 1, 4, 5, 8 and 9 and bonus tracks created on a Waldorf Microwave XT and sequenced in Cakewalk Pro. Tracks 2, 3, 7 and 10 created with custom instruments coded in Native Instruments Generator. Hidden track created with Generator and physical DAT munging. Recorded on Micron Gobook via PCMCIA.

This version mixed by Dan Abrams In Los Angeles, California throughout 2020 using a hand-painted spectrum reconstruction method on the original tracks.

Mastered by Taylor Deupree




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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