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.

Dan Abrams/Shuttle358:
“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.”



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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