(12k, 2000)

Shuttle358 | Frame CD

Shuttle358’s second album dropped in 2000, when CD sales were peaking and post-IDM productions began to dominate labels like Mille Plateux (see: their influential Clicks & Cuts series), Raster-Noton, and Taylor Deupree’s 12k imprint. This is where one might find original pressings of Frame, a deeply immersive listen from producer Dan Abrams that melds spare drone sequences with malfunctioning white noise machines and clipped personal computers. Or to use a common term from the time, it’s about as gorgeous as a “glitch” record gets, finding the beauty in abstract blips, bleeps, and bloops.

Abrams put it a little more poetically in a press release, writing, “If you put an empty frame against a blank wall, you suddenly notice the the color, the patterns, the imperfections in the plaster. The frame is like a window of perception. It takes the wall outside time. The frame draws attention to what is within it—it magnifies it, you focus on it, it begins to symbolize the whole wall….”