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

Mmmmaven Agency Update #005

In addition to providing education for those who want to upgrade their musical ability through powerful technology channels, and including our production side (which recently brought Bob Moses to Middlesex Lounge), we seek to assist and support Boston’s burgeoning music production scene however we can.

We’re proud to say Boston is home to some fabulous musician/producers, and they’re catching fire. Here’s what is going on with some of them.

  • Ricardo Donoso
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    About two years ago, our in-house modern music maestro collaborated with Dutch photographer Julie Nymann for “A Song for Echo,” at the Museum of Science Planetarium. Some pretty heavy-hitting art mavens approved and the resulting soundtrack has finally been released. Here’s what elite music critic Philip Sherburne had to say at Pitchfork:

    As the album proceeds, it builds into something almost overpowering—an enormous basso throb accompanied by the grating sound of knives being sharpened, metal gates swinging back and forth in the wind; swollen reverb sings the wind-tunnel blues. And then, like a storm passing overhead, it all fades to silence.

    Read the rest of the review here. To immerse yourself in the sound (headphone highly recommended) click below:

    You might also want to buy the limited-edition white vinyl here.

    Ricardo also returned this weekend from a jaunt to NYC, playing as Scuba Death:

  • Durkin
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    Our in-house hip-hop and #dreamclub producer Durkin regularly gigs around Boston, from museums to corporate soirees and back again, but his productions are starting to be wholly recognized by the outside world. Take this tweet for example, where he points out that two of his tracks are in the Beatport Top 100 for hip-hop. Including this gem: “Feel it”:

    Read all about his latest release with an interview for Run the Trap:

    Who are some of your favorite producers/artists in the game right now?

    Shash’u, FS Green, Jailo, Vices, Full Crate, Promnite, SevnthWonder, abhi//dijon, D.R.A.M., Cousin Stizz, Roses Gabor, Branchez, Obey City… I’m sure I’m forgetting tons.

    The sheer volume of GOOD music coming out these days is overwhelming.

    We couldn’t agree more.

    Durkin also is getting attention from across the pond at funkimag.nl. And don’t sleep on his hip-hop productions either. Read what ComplexMag has to say about his latest release with Michael Christmas. On top of all that, Durkin has had copies of his Get Wet mixtape buried with shoes throughout the world. It’s true.

    Catch the wave with Durkin Tuesday November 11th with Ryan Hemsworth at the Sinclair.

  • Doctor Jeep
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    Doctor Jeep resides in New York, but cut his teeth playing parties up here during a stint at Northeastern. We still chime in with him from time to time and just this Saturday, he played with some of his idols: Pinch and Pangaea (Hessle Audio.).

    He seemed to have a pretty good time:

    dude, wow. last night in boston was one of my top 3 favorite shows all time. big soundsystem in a small dark room with people who really appreciate the music. big up our uk guests for the insane sets too, never thought i would witness pangaea b2b pinch jungle set at 5am IN BOSTON!!!

    On his Facebook page he shared what he played:

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    Keep an eye out for his new EP coming out in December:

  • Coralcola
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    Not to be slept on, Coralcola aka Mikey Lee of Worcester Massachusetts is starting to release some of his own music. He’s long been known to create some cutting-edge electronic ambient darkness, but his latest, “TOAC“, sees him veering into some Oneohtrix Point Never-style glitchyness. Listen to the #MakeItNew resident break it down on this short but powerful EP:

    And if you have yet to hear his two-hour essential mix of #MakeItNew he created for Vanyaland you simply must check it out. It’s right here.

  • John Barera
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    We certainly hope you’ve been keeping up with John, our #MakeItNew resident and world-traveler, but now he’s gone and done something wonderful: reciprocated.

    In his latest mix, this time for the hugely-respected Boiler Room enterprise, he’s made a mix of all Boston-based producers including Ableton instructor Ali Berger, fellow #MakeItNew resident Baltimoroder and our friend Matt Gravis. In turn, he gives our city a bright light:

    Boston is hardly short on musical merit: check Gang Starr’s rough-edged wisdom; the quiet, trembling majesty of Galaxie 500; hell, even Bobby Brown knocked it out the park now and again. But cast an eye over the electronic music scene, and you can count the big hitters on one hand. Armand Van Helden, Kon and Soul Clap have all successfully flown the flag—but even then, it’s relative. Perhaps chalk it up to long shadows cast by fêted hubs like Chicago, Detroit and the NY-NJ sprawl, but the city sells itself curiously short.

    Of course there’s more where that came from.

    You too can learn in the ways of new music via our Ableton production labs. Email Sarah to start on your career today.

    An Update on our Artists

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    Our affiliated artists continue to produce and get wavey around the world.

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    Just commandeered the LED video wall at @RoyaleBoston to open for #BIGFREEDIA @mmmmaven #BOSTON #BOUNCE

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    This was the scene at Royale Boston Sunday night before true debauchery and masterful booty manipulation took place. Then this happened…

    Nate Bluhm aka Begbick continues his Thursday night residency at Club Cafe and recently made headlines playing the first-ever all-LGBTQ music festival.

    Switching gears, #MakeItNew resident DJ and Boston musician John Barera has a new LP coming out with fellow Boston producer Will Martin and “Graceless” is poised to be one of the biggest LPs of the year. They made a DJ chart to commemorate the release. You can view the whole chart here. Some of my favorites are below.

    You should also take a look at this interview with Barera and Martin conducted by electronicbeats.net. Both artists speak very candidly about their creative process.

    John Barera & Will Martin — “My whole life is trial and error.”

    Durkin continues his ascent as a pioneer of dreamclub. His “U Guessed It” rework has been played over 8,000 times in 11 days. Catch him at Zuzu regularly for Central Air and don’t sleep on his productions for Dorchester’s own Black El.

    Update: Durkin just premiered a remix at Run The Trap.

    Ricardo Donoso is also doing big things. A year ago, we got to witness the premiere of his “A Song for Echo” at the Hayden Planetarium. A Song for Echo was released last week, and is the soundtrack to a film of the same name by Julie Nymann. Resident Advisor did a nice synopsis about the album.

    Not to be overlooked, Bosq via the Whiskey Barons recently completed a jaunt to Europe, including this appearance in Brussels.

    Do not sleep on his recent productions with the soulstress Nicole Willis:

    This is just a few of the stories of these Boston artists. There’s more where that came from. Follow our agency on Twitter to keep up:

    Get involved in music via our Ableton classes. Most of our talented artists use the program, why shouldn’t you? Email Sarah to get started.

    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.