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- Electronic Works 1976 – 1977 by David First
8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 07 February 2014
After these recordings, David First went on to perform in avant-punks The Notekillers before moving to New York to participate in the avant garde and still works as a neoclassical and drone composer to this day. I read that in the press release. Working here makes you feel like a right ignoramus sometimes. Anyway, on this record Dais have unearthed some of his interactions with a Buchla 100 Modular Electronic Music System, and very fine they sound too.
There are five lengthy tracks of freeform electronic madness on here, with my personal highlight being opener 'Pulse Piece', which blasts out throbbing pulses in a dizzyingly chaotic fashion over some deep drones and hums. It makes you feel like you're in the cockpit of a spaceship in the middle of a frantic laser battle, it's deliriously enjoyable. The other lengthy piece on side A has lots of chirruping and chirping like you're lying in a nest of electrical wire in some sci-fi robotic menagerie.
Side B has three songs with descriptive titles. 'Spacey' is kind of cosmic, with lots of computery beeps and flickering laser sounds. There's something really twitchy and insectoid about it. Then we go on to 'Jumpy'. I'll be honest with you, it's quite a lot like 'Spacey'. Finally we've got the 10-minute 'Moody', which is slower and deeper, with swirling, buzzy drones phasing in and out and some kind of weird wah-wah guitar sounds. I've just noticed 'Spacey' has guitar in too but I couldn't tell when I was listening to it. In short, what we have here are some weird old modular synthscapes for the adventurously minded.
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