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David First – The AM Radio Band
C-40 cassette (R&L055)
Edition of 100

David First’s complex career in music started in the academic circles of Princeton in the mid-70’s (documented in his recent LP “Electronic Works ’76-’77 on Dais Records) but quickly jumped ship to the underground punk scenes of the late 70’s to create the avant art-punk trio, The Notekillers.  Once the 80’s hit, First moved his operations to NYC and joined in as an ambient composer amongst the downtown art scenes of the time. His droneworks and conceptual installations have been recognized worldwide on labels such as OO Discs and Phil Niblock’s XI Records. Most recently, David has been active collaborating with a variety of guest artists such as Kid Millions (Oneida) and Bernard Gann (Liturgy) as well as his well-respected ensemble, The Western Enisphere. The past year has seen First taking a step back to revisit his solo experimental works – including his breakthrough compositions using vintage signal generators and oscillators dating as far back as the 1950’s, to create virtual improvisational symphonies within the air and then broadcast through a variety of transistor radios, each independently taking part in David’s placement of sound with his new medium, frequency bandwidth.

Listen:
Bongos (excerpt)