The music on this recording was created by Frontier through the use of multiple-input resonance electronics during a live recording session on May 8, 1997. Multiple-input resonance or (MIR) involves controlling the sympathetic vibrations created by independent sound sources within a closed system.
For these compositions, three sets of guitars and amplifiers were placed in a sealed acoustic chamber, with the amplifiers aimed inward along a triangular layout. This arrangement of instruments was designed to permit the triggering of the natural oscillating frequencies unique to each guitar. Additionally, each guitar feedback signal was run through its own set of analog signal processors before being amplified, creating three distinct tone sources.
The composition of the four pieces on this recording resulted from controlling the amplitude and frequency of the feedback generated by each one of the tree guitars.
Recorded by Korey Ireland and Colin Mahoney at Wheeler Audio Associates. Mixed by John David Hiler at DoubleWide/Noise.
"My first exposure to Frontier was this album, on a camping trip in Turner Falls, Oklahoma. When a particularly violent autumn storm rolled in, my cohorts and I had to retreat to an underground cave to escape the cold wind and rain. We fortunately had the mindfullness to put the portable cassette player in my waterproof backpack, and stuck in "4" to help pass the time. After about 10 minutes of intent listening, all I could do was stare directly ahead at nothing, with elbows on knees and head in hands, fascinated and subsequently paralyzed. Their cylical patterns of tranquility and mad intensity take one on a cranial rollercoaster that is almost indescribable. I fully recommend this album to anyone who likes to hear a refreshing change from anything you've heard or tried to classify....Frontier's music defies any label that I've tried to come up with. They're not rock, not ambient, not techno, et cetera... Definitely have created their own class of music." - Pema Rabzang Nashville, Tennessee