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Arcane Device: Engines of Myth

by David Lee Myers

Lathe 05:18
Mg 24.312 03:04
Prayer Cloth 03:10
Jumpstart 02:26
Keen Tooth 02:45
Rare Power 02:49
Live - Front 04:19
Live - Back 04:38


Engines of Myth is a reissue of all the Feedback Music previously released on vinyl in 1988. AD1 (Engines of Myth) was an LP on ReR Records (who did the CD reissue), and AD3 (Improvisations for Feedback) was a double seven inch package from RRRecords. This is the prime early stuff and the expanded release does it justice. Perhaps the most "compositional" works of Feedback and something of a classic, much of this is rather reminiscent of pre-synthesizer electronic music of the 1950's.

"In 1988, I received a tape from David Myers consisting of music made purely from the internal conflicts of machines; sounds made from no sound - no input, only output emerging from the unstoppable flow of electrons within and across machines plugged into one another the 'wrong' way; these outputs then being controlled by David in real time using a mixing desk. The sounds were exquisite: ethereal, glassy, powerful, gritty, rich and strange by turns - and surprisingly varied. Clearly too, this was no surprised experiment but a mastered and subtle new instrument. This CD reissues that historic release, along with extra contemporaneous material. And now that input-less music has re-emerged in Japan - though with a totally different aesthetic - it is informative as well as fascinating to revisit this earlier, and very different, work. This is great music: shifting strange masses of unidentifiable sound moving in mesmeric and organic waves as - unhindered by any originary impulse - electricity sings." –Chris Cutler


released August 18, 2021


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David Lee Myers New York, New York

David Lee Myers is producer/artist at Pulsewidth recordings. Since 1980 the sounds of feedback and electronic noise have been at the core of Pulsewidth. Sixty-plus albums have ranged from soothing ambient to grating cacophony and have been released by ReR, Starkland, Important, Silent, RRRecords, Generator, Cronica, Staalplaat, Line, Pogus, Korm Plastics, Monochrome Vision, and other labels. ... more

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