Ricardo Donoso is Scuba Death

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Among all our talented and individual artists, Brookline’s Ricardo Donoso is the most internationally-known. With his appearance at Sonar Festival in 2012, the Brazilian-born and Berklee-trained composer cemented his CV as formidable.

Now, under the name Scuba Death, he is transforming again.

This music is rich in atmosphere while still tethered to the deeper ideas that Donoso often explores in his work. Treatises on fear and death ­anxiety, the underlining thematic framework for the project, run rampant throughout these claustrophobic electronic passages, and teeter on the edge of being oppressive.

The release, named Nitrogen Narcosis, is partly based on Donoso’s near-death experience earl on in his life, when he almost drowned. As you can imagine, the entire 6-song album is soaked in dark sonic imagery:

Scuba Death is seeing release on Further Records. A very well-regarded label having seen their music charted by DJs like Nina Kraviz, Daniel Avery, The Black Dog, Levon Vincent and many more.

Ricardo is no stranger to turning abstract ideas into art. His last record, Assimilating the Shadow, was all about Jungian psychological concepts. As Brad Rose says in a 2012 article from the Boston Globe:

“Each detail in the work and the way that each smaller piece of music led to, as a listener, understanding the whole, the bigger picture he was presenting always struck me as impressive. He’s a master at taking these big ideas, like the idea of the shadow in Jungian psychology on his most recent album, and breaking them down into small, sonic nuggets. It blows me away.”

Ricardo’s accomplished sound world is a delight to experience live. To get a conversation started about Ricardo visiting your venue, email Alex today.

Ricardo Donoso has become Scuba Death

Screenshot 2014-06-30 at 1.19.12 PM

Among all our talented and individual artists, Brookline’s Ricardo Donoso is the most internationally-known. With his appearance at Sonar Festival in 2012, the Brazilian-born and Berklee-trained composer cemented his CV as formidable.

Now, under the name Scuba Death, he is transforming again.

This music is rich in atmosphere while still tethered to the deeper ideas that Donoso often explores in his work. Treatises on fear and death ­anxiety, the underlining thematic framework for the project, run rampant throughout these claustrophobic electronic passages, and teeter on the edge of being oppressive.

The release, named Nitrogen Narcosis, is partly based on Donoso’s near-death experience early on in his life, when he almost drowned. As you can imagine, the entire 6-song album is soaked in dark sonic imagery:

Scuba Death is seeing release on Further Records. A very well-regarded label having seen their music charted by DJs like Nina Kraviz, Daniel Avery, The Black Dog, Levon Vincent and many more.

Ricardo is no stranger to turning abstract ideas into art. His last record, Assimilating the Shadow, was all about Jungian psychological concepts. As Brad Rose says in a 2012 article from the Boston Globe:

“Each detail in the work and the way that each smaller piece of music led to, as a listener, understanding the whole, the bigger picture he was presenting always struck me as impressive. He’s a master at taking these big ideas, like the idea of the shadow in Jungian psychology on his most recent album, and breaking them down into small, sonic nuggets. It blows me away.”

Nitrogen Narcosis will be released on vinyl in August. You can pre-order it here (only 98 left!)

Ricardo’s accomplished sound world is a delight to experience live. To get a conversation started about Ricardo visiting your venue, email Alex today.

MMMMUSIC ECOLOGY

So leave it to our friends at Music Ecology, Boston’s Tuesday-night electronic music party at the Wonder Bar, to give us an even better chance to make our goals.

Tuesday, July 10th the finest Tuesday night party crew will let us roll through with a few of our artists to spin music all night long, complete with astounding visuals, a vibrant crowd and lots of added love. After an opening DJ set from Make It New founder and Mmmmaven Director David Day we’ll hear big tunes from:

Balian (Berklee Electronica Club)

Carlos Perez De Anda is a special talent unleashed from the unrivaled Berklee School of Music. Like other graduates of the Electronic Production and Design program, he has the ability to craft nearly all types of music but, like any wise man today, his focus is on the technology and electronics of modern music. We first heard Carlos spin at Together 2011 and when we heard the mix, we were floored. Then we found out it wasn’t a mix at all, but a live set of original tunes. So we scooped him up.

Fens

For the summer, we have the distinct pleasure of working with Matt Rohr, aka Fens, in producing our events and managing some of our strongest relationship. Through his efforts managing the

Baltimoroder, aka Erik Pearson, has been associated with project do-Directors David Day and Alex Maniatis for nearly a decade. Mr. Pearson will serve as the first DJ instructor at the school, and has developed the curriculum. Pearson has won the Best DJ award from the Boston Music Awards and is an amazing dexterous DJ, able to mix nearly anything into nearly anything. Today, he mixes on Serato internal mode not unlike a machine, to be completely honest.

Music Ecology is a Boston based event production collective formed in the summer of 2009. Our weekly Tuesday night residency at Wonder Bar a well as numerous events throughout the city have exposed Boston audiences to numerous local, national and international talent.

For this and future events please visit http://www.musicecologyboston.com/
or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MusicEcology
or follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/music_ecology
check out live recordings from our Tuesday nights at http://www.soundcloud.com/music-ecology

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MMMMAVEN IN THE BOSTON GLOBE

MMMMAVEN IN THE BOSTON GLOBE

As the date gets closer for our crowd-sourcing campaign to close (Sunday, July 15th), support is continuing to escalate. That’s how these things go, as we have been told.

For one, this Sunday we saw the Boston Globe do a full feature on the Project, complete with a rather large picture of staffers Alex Maniatis, Cori Hernandez and David Day. The piece, titled “Mmmmaven Project seeks to boost Boston’s DJ scene” perfectly framed our efforts. You can find a link to the free edition here. It was a super-exciting development, as the circulation for the Sunday Boston Globe is 365,512 throughout New England.

Some highlights from reporter Luke O’Neil

There’s not enough young people making music“I’ve always wanted to learn how to DJ since I was 15,” she says. That’s a common refrain among people her age.Additional seminars on specialized topics, or mastering specific software, will be added, with guest lectures from established producers and DJ talent in Boston in genres such as house and hip-hop.Like a student learning to play guitar might have to run through scales, they will go over the scales of DJ culture, pitch correction, beat-matching, rewinds, and so on.And once they graduate? Ideally, says Day, it will mean more DJs making more music at more clubs, all of which will add up to a more exciting city culture.

It’s just the latest in a series of pretty astounding press about the project. From the Chronicle television show to BostInno to, now, The Globe, there is a surprising amount of interest in the school. And the excitement keeps building. …

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