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Denovali News - July 2015

Denovali presents the newest full length work of Ricardo Donoso called „Machine To Machine“ and the latest compositions of the New York based artist Mario Diaz De Leon compiled on an album called „The Soul Is The Arena“.
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This year the festival will focus on various forms of audiviosual performances · We're very pleased to welcome Holly Herndon (us), Blanck Mass (uk), Emptyset (uk), Mondkopf (fr), Ah! Kosmos (tr), Noveller (us), Elektro Guzzi (at), Multicast Dynamics (nl), Oneirogen (us), Orson Hentschel (ger), Hidden Orchestra (uk), Moon Zero (uk), Second Moon Of Winter (uk), Witxes (fr), Poppy Ackroyd (uk), Sankt Otten (ger), Carlos Cipa (ger), Thomas Köner (ger) and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (us). Four further artists will be announced soon.

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This week's Denovali Store update includes the new Moon Ate The Dark album, the latest Helm album, new Merzbow, new Umberto soundtrack, Piero Umiliani Soundtracks, new Moritz Von Oswald Vinyl, Forest Swords vinyl restock, further Zbigniew Preisner soundtracks etc.



Following on from early 2015's exercise in dissonant formalism “Sarava Exu”, “Machine to Machine”, Donoso's newest full length work sees a return to a more melodic sound. “Machine to Machine”, continues to bridge the gap between Donoso's more rhythmic and melodic work alongside his more experimental, loose and dissonant side yet still maintaining his unique signature feel; “WTF”-polymetric rhythms, elegant cinematics and spine chilling tension. Recorded over the last two years in between visual commissions and more through-composed heady works such as “Sarava Exu” and “A Song for Echo”, “Machine to Machine” represents Donoso's return to the songbook format for the first time since 2012.

Influenced by the work of Edward Bernays, Gustave Le Bon and Ernest Dichter - wherein past efforts have seen Donoso looking inwards, “Machine to Machine” has him looking outward - incorporating subliminal advertising techniques such as backmasking, ZMET and steganography, “Machine to Machine” is a meditation on priming with and without awareness and a treatise on the psychophysics of our contemporary age.

“Machine to Machine”'s collection of songs are Donoso's most versatile yet, incorporating all major elements from his discography into a unified album. There is something for everyone on “Machine to Machine”, and that is well the point, a vast range of emotion eliciting stimuli for your consumption.

RICARDO DONOSO is a composer, percussionist and electronic musician from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil who currently resides in Boston. After having studied composition at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory he has participated in a slew of projects over the years, most notably playing drums for avant-death metal unit Ehnahre and being one half of the ever morphing electronic duo Perispirit. Ricardo's musical vocabulary draws as much from contemporary composition, drone, to techno and noise.

Stream: www.denovali.com/ricardodonoso
Download: www.denovali.com/mp3store
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ricardodonosomusic

::: Thick matte gatefold covers with a special 3d print + black polylined inner sleeves + 180g vinyl
::: download code
::: limited edition: 150x white / red vinyl w/ inside / outside effect vinyl
::: price: 22.00 Euro

::: nice digipack sleeves
::: price: 13.00 Euro


Mario Diaz de Leon is emerging as a singular voice in contemporary music. With a body of work that cannot be neatly categorized, his music is marked by a sound that is both hallucinatory and intensely physical, and an aesthetic engagement with the role of mysticism in contemporary life.

Born in Minnesota, Diaz de Leon expanded from his early years in metal and hardcore punk to immerse himself in the work of 20th century composers Scelsi, Ligeti, Dumitrescu, and Xenakis, free improvisation, a wide range of electronic music, and noise / industrial music. Based in NYC since 2004, he completed a doctorate in music composition at Columbia University, while also immersing himself in NYC's experimental, noise, and underground metal scenes. His debut album as composer, "Enter Houses Of", was released in 2009 on John Zorn's Tzadik label and praised by the New York Times for its "hallucinatory intensity". The album marked a key point in his association with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), now acclaimed as “the new gold standard for new music" (The New Yorker). As a solo performer, he is active under the name Oneirogen (o-NI-ro-jen), a project known for its merging of ethereal synths, brutal distortion, and noise influences. Since 2012, Oneirogen has toured internationally and released two full lengths and one EP on the Denovali label. "The Soul is the Arena" is the long awaited follow up to his 2009 composer debut, and the first release of his classical works for Denovali. The album's three tracks find Diaz de Leon deepening his collaboration with the core members of ICE, now a decade long. The mythological trope of the labyrinth, where a winding path leads to a central event that demands a fundamental change of direction, features heavily in the album's blend of acoustic and electronic elements, where a wide variety of ideas are unified by continuous momentum and arresting points of climax.

"Luciform" and "The Soul is the Arena" pit virtuosic performances by soloists Claire Chase (flute) and Joshua Rubin (bass clarinet) against an array of vivid electronic textures. These range in character from doom-laden sub-bass to abrasive synthetic cacophony, recalling both Wolf Eyes and the early electronic works of Stockhausen. The elegiac "Portals Before Dawn" is written for a sextet of woodwinds, piano, percussion, and features Diaz de Leon himself on synthesizer. Reducing the density of the previous pieces to its essence, the work unfolds over 20 haunting minutes, transporting the listener through a boundless landscape of rising and falling intensities. Visionary and immersive, this is a bold body of work from an emerging master of modern composition.

Stream: www.denovali.com/mariodiazdeleon
Download: www.denovali.com/mp3store
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mariodiazdeleon.composer

::: Thick matte gatefold covers + black polylined inner sleeves + 180g vinyl
::: download code
::: limited edition: 150x clear blue vinyl
::: price: 17.00 Euro

::: nice digipack sleeves
::: price: 13.00 Euro
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