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Myers, David Lee: Frontier (pulsewidth)

A live set of electronic recordings from New York sound explorer David Lee Myers, aka Arcane Device, using modular synths under masterful control to create coherent excursions into territories both terrestrial and cosmic, each piece carefully evolving without histrionics or overt noise through warmly vivid and uniquely diverse works of sound.

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Label: pulsewidth
Catalog ID: PW021
Squidco Product Code: 32990

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Case


David Lee Myers-composer, performer

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Explore these muted feedback excursions at the distant periphery of the known. Recorded live at Pulsewidth, August 2022."-David Lee Myers

"In a short note, David Lee Myers writes that music on Frontiers'is "gentle ambient and atmospheric, avoiding dystopianism but by no means mellifluous" Noted! And he doesn't recommend headphones when listening, which I rarely do when I listen to music at home. Like the music on Frontiers, I prefer physical space for music. The cover has two lengthy quotes by Jorgen Luis Borges and Jean-Paul Sartre. Myers and his modular setup slash feedback system is a man of many faces. While much of his music has a strong presence, especially when played in that physical space, the nine pieces of this new disc have a tranquil approach. It's Saturday afternoon, the air is grey, and it's getting cold outside; no reason whatsoever to leave the house or even the chair. I didn't want to get up and 'do something', not even thinking about a review. You have to get and do commit the words about this music. Sitting quietly in a chair, reading a book, sipping tea and playing the quiet music of David Lee Myers was all I wanted to do. I got up, twice even, to start the disc again; the option of 'repeat play' didn't cross my mind (and I admit, I hardly ever do cross my mind but come to think of it, it would be an idea; play a release on repeat for as long as needed to write a review), but this little exercise is enough. I have to get up and press play again, but I also find that much-needed energy to write about the music. Sitting behind my desk, l always seem to listen to a bit differently. It's only now that I notice that it's not all quiet but that Myers waves in delicate unrest, just below the surface sometimes but also right above the surface. Music that works well when played loud but also with the volume down a bit. Rich and powerful, but also intimate."-Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly:

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Artist Biographies

"David Lee Myers is a sound and visual artist who has lived and worked in New York City since 1977. Pulsewidth serves as the platform for his activities in the arts, particularly sound projects, a number of which have been released under the Pulsewidth record label.

From 1987 through 1993, sound projects were developed under the name Arcane Device. With the development of new devices in 2014, it seems fitting for the moniker to be revived.

Myers work stems from an enthusiasm for electronics and the world of electrons as it relates to the realm of vibration and sound. After a fine arts education and many years in music, in 1987 Myers' accidental discovery of "Feedback Music" led to a new appreciation of the unseen forces underlying audible electronics."

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Track Listing:

1. Inland Territories 7:14

2. Coming Into The Light 6:51

3. Reckon On Questions 7:31

4. Terraforms 6:12

5. Pluto Water 7:05

6. The Empty Circle 7:31

7. Outland Territories 7:30

8. Loosening The Bast 8:14

9. Plenitude Of Nameless Origin 8:37

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