DAVID PRESCOTT

featured releases...
1.
Four Million Years (AMCDR 119) 58'36"
2.
Neologisms (AMCDR 120) 53'19"
3.
The Dreamer (AMCDR 121) 56'44"
4.
New Music For Cathedrals (AMCDR 122) 54'44"

David Prescott history

Four Million Years (Auricle AMCDR 119) CDR

Dave Powell - Fried Rosin, artwork by Alan Freeman£7.00 + p&p

1. PART ONE 29'26"
2. PART TWO 29'03"

Recorded 'live' with 2 playbacks at David Prescott's Studio.
All composition, programming and engineering by David Prescott.
Produced by Auricle Music.
Cover art by Peter Harrison.
MC (Auricle AMC 019) © April 1987

David Prescott: Sequential Circuits Sci Pro-One & Korg Poly 800 synthesizers, digital delay.

FOUR MILLION YEARS is the closest Dave has come to the cosmic synth music of Klaus Schulze, here massed string-synthetics are to the fore, accompanied by gentle sequential patterns, rambling melodies and wafts of sound reverberating into the distance. Despite the Schulze-ian aura, this is unmistakably Prescott - lighter and more accessible than before, whilst still being mysterious and enigmatic. Dave gave a bit of background on this one - ĎIt essentially is three live performances at once. I took some ideas and recorded them, I played this back and "jammed" along with It, and repeated the process once more. For me, the essential ingredient is the use of digital delays (described previously). The way I use the delay lines necessitates using two channels at all times, so that multi-tracking is difficult. I do not overdub, nor do I like to. That is, I donít do punch-ins, etc.í

Neologisms (Auricle AMCDR 120) CDR

Dave Powell - Industrial Folk Music, artwork by Alan Freeman£7.00 + p&p

1. NEOLOGISMS 2 27'23"
2. NEOLOGISMS 3 25'50"

Recorded 'live' with 1 playback at David Prescott's Studio.
All composition, programming and engineering by David Prescott.
Produced by Auricle Music.
Cover art by Peter Harrison.
MC (Auricle AMC 023) © July 1987

David Prescott: Sequential Circuits Sci Pro-One, Korg Poly 800 & ARP Odyssey synthesizers, digital delay.

NEOLOGISMS IN E was his first published recording in 1985. Latterly reissued by ourselves in 1987 as NEOLOGISMS, this tape displays Davidís affinity with the early 70ís Berlin school of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze et al., as well as his liking for the avant-garde electronic composers. Two lengthy works display a unique approach to synth music making, whereby melodies entwine and meander in seemingly endless webs, continually evolving, developing, dying resurging. The instrumental sounds are familiar: resonant fluttering, bubbling and twittery synth modulations, muted strings and unusual string/reed/organ hybrids, often bringing Edgar Froeseís AQUA to mind, though Davidís freer flowing approach paints a very different picture.

The Dreamer (Auricle AMCDR 121) CDR

Dave Powell - Electronic Odysseys, artwork by Alan FreemanDave Powell - Fried Rosin, artwork by Alan Freeman£7.00 + p&p

1. AFLOAT 29'42"
2. INFERNO 26'57"

Recorded at David Prescott's Studio (1985).
All composition, programming and engineering by David Prescott.
Produced by Auricle Music.
Cover art by Peter Harrison.
MC (Auricle AMC 027) © May 1988

David Prescott: Sequential Circuits Sci Pro-One & Korg Poly 800 synthesizers.

More subtle and sequential is THE DREAMER, a more reflective work that while being similar in structure to NEOLOGISMS is very different in sounds. A lot more expressive keyboard soloing here, meandering, intricate yet spacious. Iím reminded as much here of Kevin OíNeillís subtle textures as those of Klaus Schulze and the like. This is one for late night peaceful listening that wonít send you to sleep! David commented - ĎLate 1987 and 1988 have represented another distinct style change for me. First off, I feel it is important for a good musician to play a variety of styles. When I first started, I wanted to be able to do both the harsh sounds as in RED SHIFT #3, and the more melodic keyboard-orientated style represented by THE DREAMER. After years of effort, itís coming together...

New Music For Cathedrals (Auricle AMCDR 122) CDR

Dave Powell - Electronic Odysseys, artwork by Alan FreemanDave Powell - Fried Rosin, artwork by Alan Freeman£7.00 + p&p

1. ENTRANCE 28'47"
2. CATHEDRAL 21'16"
3. EXIT 4'40"

Recorded at David Prescott's Studio.
All composition, programming and engineering by David Prescott.
Produced by Auricle Music.
Cover art by Peter Harrison.
MC (Auricle AMC 031) © June 1988

David Prescott: Sci Pro-One & Korg Poly 800 synthesizers, Kramer 6000 E-bass with Moog Parametric EQ.

NEW MUSIC FOR CATHEDRALS finds David teaming up his synths with his trusty bass guitar for some atmospheric ramblings that uncannily resemble the quieter moments of Tangerine Dream live circa 1974. Davidís fluid bass style complements his synths perfectly. No doubt this tape, never officially available before, should win David a lot of convertees, as this is a rare music genre that has scarcely been explored.

 

David Prescott, an explorative synthesist/experimentalist who came to prominence with a prolific burst of releases in the late 1980's, then disappeared without a trace. We saw the importance of his early recordings in the Teutonic Cosmic type vein and managed to secure rights to four albums which we issued on cassette. Later though, when we sent him a royalty statement the letter came back, and as a courtesy we deleted the cassettes when they ran out. Ĺ decades on, no one has heard of him since, and as there have been increasing request for a reissue we now make them available again, remastered and for all to enjoy. I was amazed how fresh and original this music still is. David was indeed an innovator. Here's to you, wherever you are!

From Audion #9, page 10, Article & Interview by Alan Freeman...

America, once a veritable desert for the synth music fan, is today awash with inventive musicians producing all types of synth music imaginable. Major innovators like Michael Stearns and Steve Roach have become household names in the synth world, and many others are rapidly gaining attention.

This article however is about one David Prescott, a musician unlikely to make it up to the same height on the commercial ladder as say Stearns, but nonetheless Important Is his continually explorative work in the field of dramatic electronic music.

David, an expert on psychoacoustics and one-time bass guitarist, has been interested in electronic music since the early 80ís. Eventually deciding to buy some electronic equipment (synths) himself, and after much research and experimentation he came up with a sound he was pleased with...