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Malcolm Felder creates streamlined, discretely layered electronic music informed by a taste for left-field pop ranging from Bruce Haack to Bollywood, Hüsker Dü to George Jones. After moving to Queens in 1998, he began composing as Lineland, borrowing the name of a one-dimensional realm described in Flatland, the Victorian sci-fi novel by Edwin A. Abbott. Initial four-track Casio recordings grew into the album Pavilion over a three-year period, during which Felder expanded the material using music software on the home-built Dynavox 2000 computer and a growing array of vintage keyboards and novelty instruments. Songs have appeared on a few compilations and in several short independent films, including Back and Forthby James and Jeff Israel. In August 2001 Lineland was joined by bassist Jesse Kimball and keyboard player Roy Brooks for a live set at the Audio Dregs showcase during Sinfest in Brooklyn, NY. Pavilion was released in 2003.

In addition to work on Lineland’s music, Felder has collaborated with writer Gabriel Boyer on the children’s record A Journey to Happiness Island (2001) and the enhanced-CD concept album The Textbook Tapes (2003), both on Mister Records. In 2002 he played drums on Sybarite’s Scene of the Crime EP, and also began performing with a new band featuring Elefant Records’ Kelly Slusher and Marina of La Pequeña Suiza.

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