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Belt 11:08


D1st – Theremin, Ebow guitar, transistor radios, guitar, midi-guitar controller, slide whistle, all compositions and programming

Players on track 3:

David Nuñez - violin
Benjamin Dieltjens - clarinet, bass clarinet
Tom Pauwels - guitar
Kim Van den Brempt - piano
D. F. - ebow guitar
Recording engineer - Yannick Willox

Players on track 9:

Christopher McIntyre – trombone
Peter Zummo – trombone
“Blue” Gene Tyranny – tuned keyboards

"I’m thrilled that after a long silence he’s got this incredible CD set out, every piece a knockout..If I were a young composer today this would be my Stockhausen"—Kyle Gann/Post Classic

"1996 was the beginning of a new period for me", says First. "I had spent the prior five or six years creating a lot of music for other players and larger ensembles - culminating in 1995 with a couple of mountings of my opera, The Manhattan Book of the Dead. I was a little burned out on this and decided to return to a more personal, intimate format - one that ended up including an even more extensive exploration of tunings, alternative compositional softwares and how my playing techniques interacted with these things. I think I just wanted to go deeper and have more control over the results. During the ensuing years I've had a few pendulum swings - forays into beat-oriented pop music with lyrics & vocals and, of course, the re-animation of my rock band from the late 70s - the Notekillers. But I've continued, through all of the changes, to maintain my grounding in my love of the drone & associated acoustical phenomena - a love affair that began in my teenage psychedelic years and will, no doubt, be a most significant aspect of my music path for as long as I am at it. The tracks here represent almost every major work created from 1996 to the present and I'm grateful that they will be heard by a wider swath of people than those who lived in NYC or happened to be at one of my touring performances during these years."

originally released November 15, 2010


released November 18, 2020


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David First New York

David’s bands/projects include his psychedelic punk band, Notekillers, SWATi - a drone collaboration with acupuncturist Isobeau Trybula, The Western Enisphere - an audio/visual exploration of psycho-perception, and the AM Radio Band – a solo project for vintage signal generators, oscillators and transistor radios. He is also the proprietor of “Dave’s Waves" – a sonic restaurant A/V installation. ... more

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