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June, 2003
After releasing numerous EPs and assorted projects on various independent labels and his own Astromass imprint, Pennsylvania sound sculptor Instruction Shuttle (Todd Christopher) has teamed up with Philadelphia-area indy label Zenapolae records to release the Instruction Shuttle masterpiece Open Sad Circuit CD. Open Sad Circuit, a sprawling soundscape of 13 "songs", mixes the signature dense atmospherics of it's creator with micro-melodies and angular twitches, only hinting at a conceptual impressionistic portrayal of the "thoughts" and "experiences" of a sentient audio-manipulation system. Instruction Shuttle uses stereo-field explorations and a labyrinth of sonic smears to give the listener a variety of different levels of listening. The rhythms of the CD consist of crunches and glitches that churn and bob in space. The noises and effects that hide in the darkness of the album make themselves known via avatars of movement, appearing out of nowhere to add fluid and motion to this abstract work. Transitional fades and washes of exposition lead the listener by the ear through the soundscape. Open Sad Circuit is a cross section of the sound that has developed during Instruction Shuttle's ten-plus-years of sound exploration. The imagination of the record presents itself in a very improvisational manner, appearing as a single album-length blur, littered with audible bits and chunks of orthoclase and emeralds. Open Sad Circuit was produced in large by live takes of real-time mixing, and this gives the record a nice organic and comforting feel, regardless of the post-digital apocalyptic cynicism portrayed in the sounds and attitudes..tasty.
2mlInstruction ShuttleDownload file (Save as)
ChampagneInstruction ShuttleDownload file (Save as)
TalltowersInstruction ShuttleDownload file (Save as)
ChimertimerInstruction ShuttleDownload file (Save as)
My Love For AnimalsInstruction ShuttleDownload file (Save as)
Rome ApproachingInstruction ShuttleDownload file (Save as)
Quartz Coarse LandInstruction ShuttleDownload file (Save as)
Visible Brush StrokeInstruction ShuttleDownload file (Save as)
DustbunnyInstruction ShuttleDownload file (Save as)
Kevlar Family AlbumInstruction ShuttleDownload file (Save as)
SectorspectorInstruction ShuttleDownload file (Save as)
DnadegradeInstruction ShuttleDownload file (Save as)
GoodbyeInstruction ShuttleDownload file (Save as)

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