Explore Permeating Soundscapes on Ricardo Donoso’s “Symmetry” Release

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Ricardo Donoso’s music is droning and penetrative; its beauty lies in how each track is composed so as to feature the impressive capabilities of the synths and sequencers he chooses to utilize. In true minimalistic fashion, purchase not a single note or layer is excessive. Instead, buy Donoso exhibits total control as he meticulously crafts ambient soundscapes.

The Boston producer, who studied at Berklee and the New England Conservatory, lets his background in composition shine through on his limited edition “Symmetry” release, available for preorder now on the Denovali label.

Symmetry” is a collection of the producer’s first three albums, previously referred to as the “Digitalis Trilogy.” This trilogy is a breathtaking introduction to Donoso’s larger body of work, as elements of techno, trance, ambient, and other minimalistic genres weave in and out of individual tracks.

“Symmetry” also invites the listener to explore common themes featured in Donoso’s work. While the collection has an ethereal element to its soft, tinkering rhythms, a certain underlying darkness that permeates “Symmetry” keeps listeners on edge.

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This vinyl release of “Symmetry” is strictly limited to 200 pieces, and features exquisite details, from the 180g white vinyl to the strikingly appropriate geometric silver print on the slipcase and sleeves. Rest assured, a free download code is included with every vinyl package purchase so you can take all of “Symmetry” with you on the go.

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How to Design Your Home Studio w/ Rica Cutolo [7/24] #FREE

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It might be pretty clear what journey a signal goes through from when we press play until it gets to our speakers. A file is read on a DAW that then passes through a maze of EQ’s, online Compressors, see Delays and Reverbs in a manner that can be easily modified with total control. But what happens to the sound when it leaves our speakers to travel to our ears? Does it get there directly?

You’d be surprised to learn that the sound leaving your computer is also manipulated and modified before it reaches your ears and is processed by your brain.

It also undergoes many changes, medical yet not very many we can control.

Reflection, Absorption, Diffusion, Reverberation, Room Modes, Flutter Echo….all of these are phenomena that can adversely affect a listening experience if we do not know how to monitor or control for them. In this workshop, we will talk about how all of these acoustic principles are applied to a listening space, whether it is a small room studio or bedroom, and we will show you how you can set up your recording space in the most efficient way to avoid the false misrepresentation of a sound.

Little additions like bass traps, absorbers and diffuser as well as the right placement of speakers can make greatly enhance your bedroom to make it a great place to mix a record.

Join us in this Home Studio Workshop to learn how to make all these “problems” play in your favor.

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Born and raised in São Paulo, Boston based, passionate for House Music since ever, Rica Cutolo struggles to maintain the always good House roots and vibes and he takes it seriously. His mixes are built from calm chill tunes, passing thru a high-energy peak time and settling comfortably in a deep vibe. Studying and working hard is his philosophy and that’s what he does to keep pushing the boundaries of Electronic and House Music to bring it to a next level.

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Preorder Ricardo Donoso’s Deterrence and Saravá Exu

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As our most studious and considerable composers, we’re please to share with you the announcement from Berlin-based Denovali of Ricardo Donoso’s two releases available for pre-order now.

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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.

A year before exploding onto the electronic music scene in 2011 with the critically acclaimed Progress Chance, Ricardo Donoso’s debut release Deterrence was issued as an extremely limited cassette edition – a through-composed ambient piece, Deterrence is stripped of all the rhythmic flux which he has become known for.

Considered by many in underground circles to be a true masterwork of the Dark Ambient genre, Deterrence is often times compared to works by artists such as Lustmord, Biosphere & Deathprod. Denovali is pleased to finally present this much needed reissue, five years from its inception.

It’s a fitting time for Deterrence to see the light of day, as it lets us explore Donoso’s roots as a composer, both musically & thematically. With the simultaneous release of his new opus Sarava Exu one can’t help but connect the dots from some of the foundations laid out on Deterrence; the glacial drones underpinning melodic flourishes on the surface, the patience and pacing of each movement and the use of space, sound design and texture in equal balance with the harmonic and melodic content. While always pushing forward, Donoso manages to maintain with each release his cinematic grandeur, an elegant narrative arc and a truly singular and dramatic tone.

Deterrence is a small, yet important window into the one of contemporary electronic music’s most unique voices.


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In contrast with the continual pursuit of achievement, that today’s culture teaches us, the theme of descent, found in many myths in the shape of the hero going underground to pass a period of solitude, is no longer represented. A cultural space existed in most traditional societies for such a period in a person’s life and it was seen as necessary in order for the initiate to re-connect with their past and concomitantly with his collective unconscious, or humanity’s primordial existence.

“Sarava Exu” was written throughout such a period – one of deliberate isolation and expressed and channeled through the sacred esoteric rituals of the Brazilian cult of Quimbanda.

The musical suite moves through the Seven Lines & Kingdoms of Quimbanda incorporating traditional Candomblé rhythms, Brazilian percussion, noise as well as classical string instruments, all elements from Donoso’s past, re-examined & re-interpreted. “Sarava Exu” is a symphonic poem of a Quimbanda ritual and the musical accompaniment of Descent into one’s own personal hell.

Certainly Donoso’s most ambitious and challenging undertaking to date, but those who spend the time with it and uncover the layers underneath will be rewarded. If Assimilating The Shadow was the theory, Sarava Exu is the practice – a postscript addendum thats not an aimless or destructive fall into the abyss, but a meaningful restoration.

The way towards wisdom suggested by Exu is one of hellfire and brimstone, one of ruthless honesty and bravery, where the most vicious of all enemies is yourself

Ricardo Donoso "The Bow and The Lyre" from Digitalis Industries on Vimeo.

Deterrence Vinyl
::: thick sleeve + thick printed inner sleeves + 180g vinyl
::: download code
::: limited edition: 150x silver vinyl
::: regular edition: black vinyl
::: price: 17.00 Euro

Sarava Exu Vinyl
::: thick gatefold cover + special 3D print + 180g vinyl
::: download code
::: limited edition: 150x clear vinyl
::: regular edition: black vinyl
::: price: 17.00 Euro

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