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All Music Guide:
Seattle-based composer David Mahler works with tape to create unique, sometimes humorous works, from teaching the theme song to The Mickey Mouse Club backwards ("Speech With Interpreter"), to parodying text-sound composition and its Swedish roots in "(Singing in the Style Of) The Voice of the Poet," his most acclaimed composition. Mahler has been active in Seattle's experimental music scene since the '70s. In 1989, he created "Washington State Centennial Bell Garden," a permanent installation for downtown Seattle consisting of 28 bells controlled by computer that not only announce the time but also play new compositions. His creations are published by the composers' collective Frog Peak Music, and have been recorded for the Artifact and Tzadik labels.